Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long
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.
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?
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!
Berkeley Plantation, Virginia
In the contest for First Thanksgiving holiday rights, the South wins!
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
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
A small-town Virginia “doctor” and a most unlikely mapmaker, John Mitchell had some amazing gifts up his sleeve and hardly knew it
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
These 87-year-old Appalachian-born fingers still know how to burn up the strings on a mandolin—and like nobody’s business
Two of the most important architects for their time and place, Smithey and Boynton brought the buildings of western Virginia into the twentieth century
He drew the line in the sand with his Monroe Doctrine, but did you know he had foreign capitals named after him?
The oldest state-supported military college in the country and one of the finest, VMI still adheres to original tenets set forth over 175 years ago
Mount Vernon, Virginia
While the larger-than-life man doesn’t live up to every legend surrounding his life and presidency, there are still plenty of fascinating facts about the Father of Our Country.
Say the two names together, and you bind two of the most iconic history makers of our country’s youth—and you also voice the name of one of the finest schools in the South
It reads like the latest and greatest spy-espionage-adventure novel. The only problem is that it actually all happened.
There is a whole lot more to Patrick Henry than a great speech, even if he was one of the best orators of the Revolutionary period