Tennessee

Well, Butter My Biscuits: Where to Get the Best Biscuits in the South

Athens, GA; Grenada, MS; Jasper, AR; Louisburg, NC; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Fairhope, AL

Got a hankering for the best biscuits south of the Mason-Dixon Line? These diners and breakfast beacons won’t disappoint.

7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South

The South has a unique claim to the fiddle and its ever-evolving contributions, and here are 7 songs to prove it

Earnestine & Hazel’s

Memphis, Tennessee

From pharmacy to café to bordello to bar, Earnestine and Hazel’s many incarnations provide the perfect backdrop for local lore, tall tales, and good old-fashioned ghost stories.

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part Four)

Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; Charleston, WV

In this final episode featuring Southern capitols there are capitol-crypt buried bodies, government-controlled red-light districts—and guess who has the biggest capitol in America?

Faster ’n Fish: The Swimming Scientist’s Record Tennessee River Swim

Paducah, Kentucky

Collecting both data and attention, German professor Andreas Fath set the world record for swimming the Tennessee—from Knoxville to Paducah

The Great American Pyramid and the Bass Pro to Beat Them All

Memphis, Tennessee

Old World Egypt ain’t got nothing on us—our pyramids have stuff inside you can ride, eat, and buy

Digging Deep: Southern Stone

The American South

Southern quarries may not be the most beautiful things in the world, but some of the most beautiful things in the world have certainly been made from their offerings

Pencil City USA

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Having stood the tests of time and technology, the good ol’ pencil is here to stay—and this Southern town has long been a primary supplier to America and the world

Chatype: Designing America’s First City Typeface

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From lemonade stands to city brochures, Chattanooga now has a unique look to its signature

Wishing You Were Here: Lookout Mountain in Pictures

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While it lasted, this was undoubtedly one of the best—and craziest—places in the South to get your picture made

Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

Secret City USA: Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Nearly overnight this east Tennessee town of 75,000 sprang up, complete with schools, churches, and theaters—and a top-secret project that would change the world