West Virginia

Rural Churches of the South

Florida, Virginia, West Virginia

The South has some churches of superb architecture and stature that can stand next to any of the world. But our smaller, more typical churches, especially in rural areas, have a beauty and interest all their own.

Calving in the South: A Winter’s Work

Sinks Grove, West Virginia; Live Oak, Florida

Beef and dairy are two of the leading agricultural pursuits in the American South, and young calves can bring serious money—while the winter their born in can bring serious challenges to a calf’s survival

Princeton’s Timely Creative Renaissance

Princeton, West Virginia

Ever since the coal industry changed, this coal-built mountain town has been mining it’s native spunk and creativity to add beauty on top of beauty

Preserves: The Soul of Summer in Southern Winters

Union, West Virginia

Southerners have long had to figure out means of providing ample food through the winter when food is scarce

9 of the South’s Most Dazzling Fall Foliage Displays

The vegetative American South is packed with opportunities to venerate the autumn colors. These nine places, from historic hamlets to national parks and gardens, are renowned for their spectacular foliage displays.

There’s Gold in Those Hills

Odessa, West Virginia

From one surprising tree on a small West Virginia farm came an apple to delight the world

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?

Southern State Songs That Stick in Your Head

Oklahoma, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky

If every state had a Ray Charles song or a James Taylor tune, there wouldn’t be a soul to forget it

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

36,159 Days and Counting: Katherine Johnson and the Math of NASA

Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

When the first US astronaut orbited the earth over a half-century ago, this was the woman who ran the numbers for him to make sure he could get back home

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 Celebrated Sweet Springs of Eastern West Virginia

Sweet Springs, West Virginia

One of the finest in the world in its nineteenth-century heyday, this is one spring-based resort that may be headed for a comeback