South Carolina

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part Three)

Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida

Last in a short series celebrating a few of the beauty marks our beloved South sports for all the world to see

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

What’d You Say? 6 Southern Sayings Deciphered

Here’s hoping you’re finer than frog’s hair and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine

Southern Domesticity: The Development of Homes in the South

Savannah, Georgia, and Gainesville, Florida

Comfortable, practical, and still traditional, the Southern home has come a long way from origins both humble as well as socially ambitious

The Art of Southern Christmas: Part One

Ever wonder why we put citrus in our stockings? Why the Outer Banks celebrate Christmas twelve days late? Find the history behind five of the South’s most perplexing Christmas traditions here.

Cold Turkey: Turkey Shoots, a Southern Autumnal Tradition

Beaufort, South Carolina

The shooting of actual turkeys expired long ago—their heads replaced with paper targets—but the shoot-out remains a tradition across America, especially in South Carolina’s low country

Rollicking on the Reedy: Greenville’s Historic River Park

Greenville, South Carolina

From the Cherokee camps of centuries ago to the cultural hub it is today, the Reedy always has been—and always will be—a river and giver of life

Baseball’s Missing Famer: Shoeless Joe

Greenville, South Carolina

After nearly a century, Shoeless Joe Jackson still holds White Sox records—as well as the stain that shut down his amazing career

Presidential Minstrel: Josh White and the Roosevelts

Greenville, South Carolina

With the release of Southern Exposure: An Album of Jim Crow Blues, America’s racial woes got the ear of the White House—and blues musician Josh White got their genuine friendship

Barefoot and Bedraggled: Josh White Beginnings

Greenville, South Carolina

Josh White became the most prominent and prolific black artist of his time, but his musical entrada began under modest circumstances, to say the least

Greener by the Dozen: 12 Months of Celebration in Greenville

Greenville, South Carolina

There’s always something to celebrate in Greenville!

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South

Red Brick and Blue Skies: Rock Hill, South Carolina

Rock Hill, South Carolina

The fifth-largest city in the state of South Carolina, Rock Hill still has a small-town feel to it through and through—and boasts some of the most beautiful old churches you could desire to view

Mascots of the SEC: Part Three

Jackson, Mississippi; Oxford, Mississippi; Columbia, Missouri; Columbia, South Carolina

Bullies, controversy, fighting chickens, and a little bit of Civil War history. Always expect the unexpected in the Southeastern Conference, especially when it comes to mascots.

A Tasty Sampling of Appalachia

Asheville, North Carolina

Any good Appalachian cook knows that fast food is what you pick from the ground—a proper meal takes time, patience, and a whole lot of love