West Virginia

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

A Feast for the Senses: Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

It’s no secret that West Virginia is a feast for the senses, but we like to think that the state’s capital is especially so

The Fourteenth Colony: Celebrating Vandalia

Charleston, West Virginia

Vandalia may never have actually become a colony, but that doesn’t stop these toe-tapping West Virginians from celebrating it anyway

5 Things You Might Not Know About Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Like any great Southern town, Charleston, West Virginia, has plenty of stories to tell. Some you’ve heard; others . . . maybe not.

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”