History

Town Overnight: The Story of Stunning Guthrie, Oklahoma’s First Capital

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Once the center of all things Oklahoma, Guthrie remains to this day one of the loveliest Victorian towns in the South

Cold Turkey: Turkey Shoots, a Southern Autumnal Tradition

Beaufort, South Carolina

The shooting of actual turkeys expired long ago—their heads replaced with paper targets—but the shoot-out remains a tradition across America, especially in South Carolina’s low country

Sweet Potatoes: Ain’t Nothin’ Better—Literally

Vardaman, Mississippi

Touted as the most valuable vegetable on the planet, the sweet potato has always been important to the South—and nowhere more so than in Mississippi’s Sweet Potato Capital of the World

The Savannah Architecture of John S. Norris

Savannah, Georgia

He was one of the most important architects of his time, and he hit his stride of greatness when he started building in the South

There’s Gold in Those Hills

Odessa, West Virginia

From one surprising tree on a small West Virginia farm came an apple to delight the world

7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South

The South has a unique claim to the fiddle and its ever-evolving contributions, and here are 7 songs to prove it

The South by Night: The Revolution of Modern Lighting

Savannah, Georgia

In the past, when darkness fell, the world changed—until men could find clever means of bringing illumination into their homes

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

Earnestine & Hazel’s

Memphis, Tennessee

From pharmacy to café to bordello to bar, Earnestine and Hazel’s many incarnations provide the perfect backdrop for local lore, tall tales, and good old-fashioned ghost stories.

A Southern Halloween

The holiday, of course, is celebrated throughout America, but it looks like the South has a prior claim

The Texas State Fair and a Century of Good Ol’ Fashioned Rivalry

Dallas, Texas

Texans love to go big in everything they do, and their State Fair is no exception—and the best part of it all? The annual win-or-die OU/Texas game, of course.

Ghostly Graveyards and Cemetery Lore of the South

Micanopy and Lulu, Florida

Who needs Hollywood horror or contrived “haunted houses”? Southerners have been getting sufficiently creeped out for a long time with just good old-fashioned ghosty graveyards