Arts

Beauty in the Battlements: Confederate Artist Conrad Wise Chapman

Hampton, Virginia

Largely forgotten following the South’s defeat, Conrad Wise Chapman left an extraordinary legacy in the form of thirty-one war-time paintings

Vollis Simpson and the Whirligig Wonders of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

In North Carolina at least, one man’s junk may well be another man’s hand-crafted creation-in-waiting

Social Aid and Brass Parades: The Ever-Evolving Traditions of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

The joyous, raucous, and colorful sounds of the second line parade are still on the move with a fascinating history and a hopeful future for the Crescent City

True Grit: A Western Set in Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fight the bad guys, rescue the girl, right the wrongs, and tame the frontier—you don’t have to go any further than Arkansas to find a West wild enough for a blockbuster story

Beyond Mardi Gras: Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around once a year; there’s plenty of festival fun in New Orleans year-round

Just When You Thought You Knew a Southern Accent, Dere’s Yat

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of a dozen dialects that spill from the mouths of NOLA natives, this “who-dat” language of the Big Easy has some surprising connections

First Fruits: The French Market Creole Tomato Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana

Great-tasting, heat-tolerant, high-yielding, and meatier-than-average, this is one tomato that knows well how to let the good times roll

Up from the Mississippi Mud: Friars Point and the Delta Blues

Friars Point, Mississippi

Friars Point still stands as testament to the good things that can rise from hard times

Blueberry, Texas: Where the Best Berries by Far Are the Blue Ones

Nacogdoches, Texas

Good and good for you, the Southern-loved blueberry gets to have his own big-time woohoo party at the annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, Texas

They Called Them Feist: The Southern Breed of Dogs

Texarkana, Arkansas

Once the most common dog found in these parts, these short, energetic, scrappy canines have played a prominent role in the history and literature of the South

Mule Tales and Nightingales: How America Got Some of Her Biggest Laughs

Nacogdoches, Texas

Three brothers, one mule, and a Texas-sized sense of humor is all it took to add up to one of America’s funniest acts

Bluegrass & BBQ in Branson: A Silver Dollar City Tradition

Branson, Missouri

Want a fun-filled bluegrass enlightenment with world-class BBQ on the side? Head on over to Silver Dollar City for the 12th Annual 2017 Bluegrass and BBQ Festival.

The Life of Hank Williams: Tragedy and Legend

Montgomery, Alabama

Hank Williams not only sang country songs, but he lived the pains and joys of country music

7 Absolutely-Must-See-N-Do in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Dig into the culture and cuisine waiting in Memphis, Tennessee, “land of the Delta blues”

A Southern Easter: White Shoes, Dogwood Blooms, and Egg Hunts on the Courthouse Lawn

Easter in the South may look a lot like Easter everywhere, but then again, as in other things, it has always had its own distinctives too

Savannah’s Metropolitan District: History and Revival

Savannah, Georgia

Old but beautiful buildings and neighborhoods across the South are finding new life infused into them—and there are few better examples of this than Savannah

Easter Sweets: Pass on the Peeps?

Montgomery, Alabama

Why one famous Easter candy doesn’t make the “basket cut” in my house—but did make it into the arrangements