Virginia

Charlottesville, 1991: Dave Matthews Band’s Origin Story

Charlottesville, Virginia

Today Dave Matthews Band is one of the most iconic and recognizable bands of the ’90’s. But not so long ago, Dave Matthews was just the name of a bartender with a demo in one of our musical Southern cities.

Lions, Libraries, and Uncommon Chambers: Inside Monticello

Charlottesville, Virginia

Jefferson’s home still has a few tricks up her sleeve

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Home to Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and the University he designed, this one-more-beautiful Virginia city winks out a few surprises for the uninitiated

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit

A Life in Mourning: Flora Cooke Stuart

Staunton, Virginia

Heroes get the glory they deserve, but their wives and widows courageously pay their own dear price for it all

George Washington and His Political Battles

Mount Vernon, Virginia

The political battles between Washington and Jefferson remind us that political conflict is not new

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”?