History

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

The Search for Scarlett

Atlanta, Georgia

We all associate Scarlett O’Hara with the raven curls and feline grin of Vivien Leigh, but the visage of our most famous belle was almost a different one entirely

The South’s Most Haunted City? Savannah, to Be Sure

Savannah, Georgia

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah has this ghost thing in the bag—parks, cemeteries, houses, and hospitals that look beautiful by day—and will totally creep you out by night

“Come and Take It”

Gonzales, Texas

In defiance of Mexico’s tyrannical Santa Anna, the little town of Gonzales became the powder keg to ignite the war for Texas independence.

Henry Clay Lewis and the Rise of Southern Gothic Literature

Savannah, Georgia

The prestige and grandeur of the antebellum South, plunged into the chaos and ruin of the War and its aftermath, provided the perfect setting for one of America’s most unique genres of the literary arts

Helen Keller and Her Dogs

Tuscumbia, Alabama

“Nobody, who is not blind, as much as they may love their pet, can know what a dog’s love really means”

The Notable Legacy of Madeira in Charleston and Savannah

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

The exotic island wine that supported America in its infancy is poised for a comeback with surprisingly delicious results

Manteo Memories

Manteo, North Carolina

It really is a great place to visit—history by the boatloads—but family life here in the 1930’s had its challenges, to say the least

Kate Freeman Clark: One Woman, Two Lives—and a Thousand Works of Art

Holly Springs, Mississippi

When Kate Freeman Clark died in 1957, few in Holly Springs even remembered she had once been an artist—and then the paintings started showing up

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part Four)

Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; Charleston, WV

In this final episode featuring Southern capitols there are capitol-crypt buried bodies, government-controlled red-light districts—and guess who has the biggest capitol in America?

Statesboro: From Cotton King to State-of-the-Art College Town

Statesboro, Georgia

Once the world’s leading Sea Island cotton producer, Statesboro has been a happy home to Georgia Southern U for over a century now—and it shows