West Virginia

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

America’s Iconic Feud: Hatfield v. McCoy

Mingo County, West Virginia; Pike County, Kentucky

The Hatfield-McCoy story is our own Shakespearean tragedy—but with the bitter bite of reality

Devil Anse Hatfield: The Man and the Name

Logan, West Virginia

The grisly Hatfield-McCoy feud of the mid-nineteenth century is undoubtedly the most well-known of American family wars, and Devil Anse the most iconic figure of the story

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

10 Historic Homes Gracing Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

From charming bungalows to stately mansions, several homes throughout Charleston hold bits and pieces of stories that makeup the city’s history

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

Athens, GA; Athens, AL; Athens, TN; Athens, TX; Athens, WV; Athens, LA

Quite appropriately, the cultural capital of the ancient world has multiple Southern towns for its namesake

Charleston: The Rise of a State, the Rise of a Capital City

Charleston, West Virginia

It was largely due to Charleston that there was ever a state of West Virginia to begin with

The Music That Makes It to Mountain Stage

Charleston, West Virginia

They come in all shapes and sizes and flavors, but the musicians that appear on Charleston’s Mountain Stage have at least two things in common: a great time and a lot of talent