Virginia

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

Berkeley Plantation, Virginia

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

Giving the South Credit for Thanksgiving

Jacksonville, Florida; Jamestown, Virginia; Berkeley Hundred, Virginia

Yes, the Pilgrims and their Indian neighbors celebrated Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock—but thanksgiving celebrations had already been occurring in the Southern regions for some time earlier

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?

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

Childhood Dreams: Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina and Virginia

Camping was cheap in the 1950’s, and the Blue Ridge Parkway just an hour and a half away from home—it was a quick relaxing vacation for mom and dad, and a dream come true for two kids

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Coal: The Sustaining Bedrock of Appalachia

Ronceverte, West Virginia, and Clifton Forge, Virginia

The future of coal may be in somewhat of a state of flux, but currently coal lives on, as does its deep and lasting impression on Appalachian society

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part One

Hot Springs, AR; Scott County, VA; Nashville, TN

More than pretty faces and sweet Southern voices, these influential guitarists and hardworking performers showed the world of country music that women musicians could hold their own

Beauty in the Battlements: Confederate Artist Conrad Wise Chapman

Hampton, Virginia

Largely forgotten following the South’s defeat, Conrad Wise Chapman left an extraordinary legacy in the form of thirty-one war-time paintings

How Industry Changed the South: A Story of Three Cities

Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

Cities in the post-War South had something to prove: To be wealthy and successful, you didn’t have to live on a plantation with acres of land in the country

The Hero in the Feathered Hat: JEB Stuart

Ararat, Virginia

The “eyes and ears” of Robert E. Lee, the dashing General “Jeb” Stuart became not only a legendary hero but the symbol of all the Confederacy eventually lost