Texas

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

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The first in a three-part series exploring state by state some of the best the South has to offer in pretty places

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

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Four)

Independence, MO; Karnack, TX; Plains, GA; Midland, TX

These Southern examples of humility and grace didn’t take their leading lady roles lightly. More than just charming hostesses, these ladies served as Presidential confidantes, advisors, and far more.

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

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: Bluegrass Music’s Greatest Christmas Song

Coahoma, Texas

Memories of Christmas back home in Texas inspired a research scientist in New England to write a bluegrass hit

5 Southern Christmas Light Displays You Can’t Miss

Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; McAdenville, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida

From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!

Flying Above It All: The Story of Bessie Coleman

Atlanta, Texas

In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along.

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 3): Stevie Ray Vaughan

Dallas, Texas

Although cut short by tragedy, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s phenomenal career had a profound and lasting effect on America’s musical landscape

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

100 Years and Counting: Historic Restaurants of the South (Part 2)

Cumberland, MD; New Orleans, LA; Tampa, FL; Bessemer, AL; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Galveston, TX

In a culture where the vast majority of new restaurant ventures won’t make it to their first anniversary, these Southern-rooted venues have made it to their centennials at the very least

100 Years and Counting: Historic Restaurants of the South (Part 1)

Middleburg, VA; Bardstown, KY; Arrow Rock, MO; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX, Potomac, MD; Meridian, MS

In business for no less than a century, these dining venues are where history meets the culinary world

Country Music Rebel Charline Arthur

Henrietta, Texas

She pioneered a musical style a little ahead of its time—edgy, raw, and filled with the blues—pretty much just like the woman who sang it

Giving Thanks for Guy Clark

Monahans, Texas

Although the musical master that was Guy Clark may no longer be with us, his talent is; it lives on in the lyrics of some of our favorite country tunes, in the down-to-earthiness of his recorded voice, and in the vital spark of his successors

Seersucker and Sweet Tea: The Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South (Part 3)

Mt. Berry, GA; Lakeland, FL; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Sweet Briar, VA

Few can argue that the Southern college is a sight for sore eyes, but unquestionably their beauty goes a bit deeper than mere aesthetics

Gruene Hall: Same Dance Floor, Same Good Times

New Braunfels, Texas

Planted firmly in the rolling hills of central Texas nearly 140 years ago, the oldest continuing dance hall in the state is still as hoppin’ a place as it’s ever been

Mascots of the SEC: Part Four

Knoxville, Tennessee; College Station, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee

Mascots are at the heart of many revered, time-honored traditions, and nowhere in college football does loyalty run as deep as in the Southeastern Conference