Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Julius Freyhan

St. Francisville, Louisiana

When persecution drove Julius Freyhan from Europe to tiny St. Francisville, Louisiana, he found he had as much to give to this small Southern town as America had given to him.

The Silent Witness of Windsor Ruins: The Story of a Southern Plantation

Port Gibson, Mississippi

Twenty-three massive Corinthian columns in the middle of rural Mississippi are all that remain of one of the grandest plantation houses in the South

Why Napoleon Sold Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Haiti’s struggle today against tyranny, poverty, and misery is known the world wide, but it was their courageous struggle for freedom two hundred years ago that helped determine the fate of the West.

Downtown in the Oldest Town in Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

Folks have been coming to and through Nacogdoches for a long time, and for good reason—it’s not only the Gateway to the rest of Texas but one of the state’s finest jewels

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

First Boys of Spring: How Spring Training Sprung Up in Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

You may not know this, but roughly half of Baseball’s Hall of Famers did spring training at this little resort city in Arkansas

Monroeville and the Mockingbird

Monroeville, Alabama

Take the trek to Monroeville, Alabama, to learn more about famed writer Harper Lee, and do it soon. Spring is the time to get the most out of a sojourn to “Alabama’s Literary Capital,” since the annual production of the To Kill a Mockingbird play is put on each April and May.

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

Patsy Cline and Country Music’s Saddest Day

Winchester, Virginia

Over 50 years after her tragic death on March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline remains one of the greatest female singers of all time

Bottling the American Spirit: The History of Bourbon Whiskey

Louisville, Kentucky

What happens when you take something as celebrated as whiskey, filter it through pure limestone, age it in caramelized oak casks, and throw in a touch of Southern magic?

Cane River Cotton and the Old Oakland Plantation

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Two and a quarter centuries ago, one of America’s earliest cotton plantations set up shop near Natchitoches on the Cane River, and it thrives today as the South’s most authentic example of French Creole plantation life