West Virginia

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part One)

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The first in a three-part series exploring state by state some of the best the South has to offer in pretty places

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.

Church, School, and General Store: The Heart of Small Southern Communities

Pickaway and Union, West Virginia; McIntosh, Florida

The rural nature of so much of Southern existence once meant a church, a school, and a store for nearly every pocket of farms and houses

Breece D’J Pancake and His Unabridged West Virginia

Princeton, West Virginia

Despite his sad and truncated life, Pancake provided perhaps the best literary representation of West Virginia of any twentieth-century writer of fiction

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

A Very Wet West Virginia: Resolute Courage in the Face of Hardship

Ronceverte, West Virginia

West Virginia is no stranger to tragedy, hardships, and loss, and the 2016 summer flooding is one more sure example of their persistent resilience

The Other General Lee

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

His historical fate was to live in the shadow of another Lee’s wartime stardom, but Confederate General Edwin Gray Lee has a story all his own and, according to his famous cousin, “was a true man . . . a great credit to the name”

Ironmakers of Alleghany County, Virginia

Clifton Forge, Virginia

Ironmaking in Alleghany County might be an easy facet to overlook in this beautiful, rustic, and agrarian region, but it played a pivotal role in the Civil War and post-war years alike, setting the stage for the industrial might of Virginia and West Virginia

A Tasty Sampling of Appalachia

Asheville, North Carolina

Any good Appalachian cook knows that fast food is what you pick from the ground—a proper meal takes time, patience, and a whole lot of love

Odd Festivals of the South

Austin, TX; Marlington, WV; Spivey's Corner, NC; Clute, Texas; Tampa, FL

Down South, it isn’t hard to find a celebration. But some of our festivals are just, well—different.

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

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

16 of the South’s Most Haunted Places: Part Two

MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

There are plenty of creepy corners of the South that will send a chill up your spine, but these are some of the spookiest—enter if you dare!

All Hail the Monarch!

Keep your eyes peeled for this month’s monarchs—they’re about to undergo the journey of a lifetime.

A Southern Carnegie

Lewisburg, West Virginia

New York City may be home to a Carnegie Hall but not the only one

How Lewisburg Became the Coolest Town

Lewisburg, West Virginia

How did a sleepy county seat tucked away in the middle of West Virginia’s mountains get to the lofty stature of “coolest small town in America”?

The Sweetest Days of the Year: Lewisburg’s Chocolate Fest

Lewisburg, West Virginia

When you’re done getting in touch with nature, come down to Lewisburg and get in touch with your inner chocoholic.