History

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

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

New Iberia, City on the Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

A lively place of culture, celebrations, and great food, New Iberia didn’t become what it is today without a touch of heartache, loss, and coming through the fire

How Industry Changed the South: A Story of Three Cities

Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

Cities in the post-War South had something to prove: To be wealthy and successful, you didn’t have to live on a plantation with acres of land in the country

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

Close Encounters with Bonnie and Clyde

Wellington, Texas; Longview, Texas

As Public Enemy No. 1, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde both terrified and captivated the American public—but with some the story got a little to close to home

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

Tybee Island: Georgia’s Little Island Paradise

Tybee Island, Georgia

The easternmost point in all of Georgia, Tybee Island has been one of the state’s most popular resorts for nearly a century and a half

Moulton, Alabama: Past, Present, and Future

Moulton, Alabama

From its beginnings as a wayside inn on the red dirt roads of a brand-new Alabama, Moulton has been a good place to stop and visit—and a good place to live

Gorgeous Gaineswood

Demopolis, Alabama

With nothing but a dogtrot cabin for a starting point, amateur architect Bryan Whitfield created the neoclassical home of the century

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

The Historic Charm and Significance of Bluffton, South Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

This great little Southern town was crucial to the early formation of South Carolina and remains a key community in Beaufort County today

The Hero in the Feathered Hat: JEB Stuart

Ararat, Virginia

The “eyes and ears” of Robert E. Lee, the dashing General “Jeb” Stuart became not only a legendary hero but the symbol of all the Confederacy eventually lost

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

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

12 Days in Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee

Johnny Cash on the Bristol Sessions: “the single most important event in the history of country music”

How Peanuts Saved the South

Tuskegee, Alabama

George Washington Carver pushed the peanut to prominence in the South—and saved the region