Virginia

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!

The Homecoming: The Waltons’ Christmas Eve Story

Schuyler, Virginia

A whole generation of Americans grew to love the stories of a Virginia family during the Great Depression after the showing of this Christmas movie

The Southern Courthouse Square

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

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

“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?

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

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