Virginia

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

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

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.

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

Greeneville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Culpepper, VA; Savannah, GA; Wytheville, VA

Lisa Lakey presents five more snapshots of these notable Southern ladies and their crucial role in the leadership of our nation

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

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

The Southern Courthouse Square

Lake City, Florida; Pearisburg, Virginia; and Valdosta, Georgia

Why the courthouse square in the South and not a “village green”?

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

Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee

Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil

Robert E. Lee: The Man and His Horses

Lexington, Virginia

Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long

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.

“The Minnigerode” and the Christmas Tree

Williamsburg, Virginia

If you took “the tree” out of the average American Christmas experience, the holiday would largely be unrecognizable. And yet did you know that this seemingly dyed-in-the-wool Yuletide element has only been popular in our country since the nineteenth century?

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!

Yes, Virginia, Yours Really Is the First Official Thanksgiving Holiday

Berkeley Plantation, Virginia

In the contest for First Thanksgiving holiday rights, the South wins!

The Skrimp Shack: A New Taste of the Old Dominion

Hampton Roads, Virginia

Enjoying seafood in these parts is as old as the country itself, and this up-and-coming fish heaven is dishing up some of the best of present delights in history-saturated Hampton Roads

For the Thrill of the Chase: The Middleburg Hunt

Middleburg, Virginia

You may or may not realize it, but fox hunting for fun—complete with brass buttons, faithful hounds, and noble steeds—is still alive and well in the oldest parts of the South

The John Mitchell Map and Urbanna, Virginia

Urbanna, Virginia

A small-town Virginia “doctor” and a most unlikely mapmaker, John Mitchell had some amazing gifts up his sleeve and hardly knew it

Jesse McReynolds, In Part (Part 2)

Coeburn, Virginia

From barn shows to the Grand Ole Opry, Jesse McReynolds has given the music world his same humble yet brilliant style over and over again for three quarters of a century

Jesse McReynolds: In Part (Part 1)

Coeburn, Virginia

These 87-year-old Appalachian-born fingers still know how to burn up the strings on a mandolin—and like nobody’s business