History

Treasures of Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, Georgia

One of Georgia’s less talked about gems, Jekyll Island has plenty of treasures to find in this hide-away paradise built by some of the wealthiest families in our nation’s history

The Tale of the Texas Two-Step

Pasadena, Texas

Call it a hoedown, a barn dance, or square dancing, the Texas Two-Step has always been an integral part of the country-western dance scene.

Gee’s Bend, Alabama

Boykin, Alabama

Strong and determined like the river that quilts their tiny community, the creative folks of Gee’s Bend have a story to tell—and a good way of telling it.

Arkansas Cotton in the Boll

Arkansas

A two-hundred-year-old love affair with cotton still reaps great rewards for the Natural State

How Jackson Became Stonewall

Manassas, Virginia

Southern General Bernard Bee helped to create the Stonewall Jackson legend, but was that his intent?

Two Miles Long and Two Yards Wide

St. Francisville, Louisiana

From the Spanish moss hanging from ancient oaks to the French, Spanish, and English architecture and landscape design, little St. Francisville holds far more than its fair share of Southern delights.

Robert E. Lee: The Man and His Horses

Lexington, Virginia

Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

Soul Food: The Heart of Southern Cuisine

Micanopy, Florida

While soul food, like all foodways, took cues from other inspirations, it can genuinely be considered America’s first original and most authentic cuisine

The Making of Mark Twain

Hannibal, Missouri

Would Mark Twain have been Mark Twain without the name? It was another one of history’s close calls.

America’s Appalachian Manor

Asheville, North Carolina

George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore has been from the beginning not only a millionaire’s dream home but one of America’s most fascinating works of art

4 Guitarists Who Changed Southern Music (Part 2): Scotty Moore

Gadsden, Tennessee

Not just Southern music—Scotty Moore’s guitar in the shadow of Elvis changed the future of rock and roll, and the world of music has never been the same