History

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

Off the Field and into Eternity: The Legacy of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Part Two)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jay Paterno remembers his family’s connection with one of the greatest college football coaches of all time and the lasting impression that connection has made

What Lies Beneath: The Origin of Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, Tennessee

The only natural lake in Tennessee, bird-loving Reelfoot Lake is evidence that massive topographical changes can happen nearly overnight

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

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

The Devil’s Backbone: Early Days on the Natchez Trace

Natchez, Mississippi

We Americans don’t have many ancient landmarks to our names—but there is always the Natchez Trace

A Doctor, a Murder, and the Attorney General: Auburn’s Most Unlikely Story

Natchez, Mississippi

Here in the South, we love our old homes, but we sometimes forget they represent the intersection of dozens of lives—and just as many surprising stories

The Coleman Theatre Beautiful: A Wonder Then and Now

Miami, Oklahoma

One man’s gift to the little Route-66 town of Miami, Oklahoma, has been one of the state’s biggest attractions for nearly a century

Port Royal, Beaufort, and the Building of an American Empire

Beaufort, South Carolina

Some have said it’s the best-preserved antebellum town in the entire South; on a fine sunny day, if not too hot or humid, it’s a perfect afternoon walk

Two Sides of the Mountain: The Controversial History of Georgia’s Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Nearly fifty years after its completion, the South’s largest stone relief memorial still draws plenty of attention in both crowds and controversy

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