South Carolina

Old Sheldon Church

Yemassee, South Carolina

Likely the first church in America to be built in temple style, Old Sheldon Church is an abridged history of South Carolina and, to some extent, the entire South

Southern Ports: The Maritime Backbone of Southern Economies

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

Maritime fortunes may be more associated with the seafaring towns of New England in the popular memory, but make no mistake about it, such trade built the South as well

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

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!