History

Blast Off! Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, Alabama

Head to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a day filled with out-of-this-world fun

Let No Child Fail: The Educational Endeavors of Marietta Johnson

Fairhope, Alabama

Finding a community of like-minded idealists in Fairhope, Marietta Johnson created an environment of learning where children were free to be children and each child’s unique personality was welcomed and cultivated

Henry Grady and the New South

Atlanta, Georgia

As editor of the South’s preeminent newspaper, Grady had already established himself as a voice that needed to be heard—so when he began preaching ideas of a New South, folks listened

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history

A Fair Hope of Success

Fairhope, Alabama

Tax law is not, as a general rule, an inspiring subject. For the good folks of Fairhope, Alabama, however, it’s nothing less than the reason for their existence.

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Four)

Independence, MO; Karnack, TX; Plains, GA; Midland, TX

These Southern examples of humility and grace didn’t take their leading lady roles lightly. More than just charming hostesses, these ladies served as Presidential confidantes, advisors, and far more.

Drawing Artists: The Aesthetic Pull of Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

When Fairhope was founded, its earliest residents intended the colony to draw the liberal, the open-minded, the thinkers and dreamers and artists. And it did just that.

Have a Fine, Fine Time in Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

You’ve got more than just a “fair” chance of having a fabulous weekend in this charming, artsy small town cozied up to the eastern bank of Mobile Bay in south Alabama

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.

J’ville’s Commodore Point and LaVilla: The Formation of a Great Port City

Jacksonville, Florida

From naval stores to automobile factories, Jacksonville’s strategic location as a Southern port city built a strong foundation for all she is today

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Three)

Greeneville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Culpepper, VA; Savannah, GA; Wytheville, VA

Lisa Lakey presents five more snapshots of these notable Southern ladies and their crucial role in the leadership of our nation

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Two)

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

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

From NC to N(Y)C: Ava Gardner’s Rise to Fame

Grabtown, North Carolina

Before her meteor rise to stardom, this backwoods belle had a tweak or two to make to her Carolina charm

The Southern Courthouse Square

Lake City, Florida; Pearisburg, Virginia; and Valdosta, Georgia

Why the courthouse square in the South and not a “village green”?

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part One)

Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee

Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil

A Gentleman’s Game: The Art of Quail

Thomasville, Georgia

Welcome to the gentlemen’s club on wheels