Finding a community of like-minded idealists in Fairhope, Marietta Johnson created an environment of learning where children were free to be children and each child’s unique personality was welcomed and cultivated
As editor of the South’s preeminent newspaper, Grady had already established himself as a voice that needed to be heard—so when he began preaching ideas of a New South, folks listened
Independence, MO; Karnack, TX; Plains, GA; Midland, TX
These Southern examples of humility and grace didn’t take their leading lady roles lightly. More than just charming hostesses, these ladies served as Presidential confidantes, advisors, and far more.
Greeneville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Culpepper, VA; Savannah, GA; Wytheville, VA
Lisa Lakey presents five more snapshots of these notable Southern ladies and their crucial role in the leadership of our nation
Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY
While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington
Grabtown, North Carolina
Before her meteor rise to stardom, this backwoods belle had a tweak or two to make to her Carolina charm
Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee
Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil
Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.
The first black graduate from West Point, he had to wait over a century for his dream to come true
Waynesville, North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visited by more people every year than any other park in America—but some of those annual visitors remember it as home
Princeton, West Virginia
Despite his sad and truncated life, Pancake provided perhaps the best literary representation of West Virginia of any twentieth-century writer of fiction
At ten she had the voice of a twenty-something-year-old country rock superstar—and she used it to become just that
If you took “the tree” out of the average American Christmas experience, the holiday would largely be unrecognizable. And yet did you know that this seemingly dyed-in-the-wool Yuletide element has only been popular in our country since the nineteenth century?
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
Hollywood may have glorified the main-street gunfight of the Old West, but all fiction has at least one foot in reality—Wild Bill was the real deal