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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

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part One)

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

General Lee and Santa Claus

Lee was a shrewd general, yes, but also a kindhearted man with a love for children—as well as, apparently, a personal acquaintance with good ol’ St. Nick himself!

The Poinsettia’s Southern Progenitor

Greenville, South Carolina

When Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist on assignment in Mexico, first sighted a roadside poinsettia in 1828, he immediately sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in Greenville. The rest is history.

Lighting the Way for Papa Noel: St. James’s Bonfire Capital of the World

Gramercy, Louisiana

Who needs electricity? Nobody lights up Christmas quite like the river folk of southern Louisiana

“The Minnigerode” and the Christmas Tree

Williamsburg, Virginia

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?

Syrup, Biscuits, and Basset Hounds: The Southern Food World of Jackie Garvin

Valrico, Florida

Here in the South, food is never just food, and nobody knows that better than biscuit maven Jackie Garvin.

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

Love and Furniture: Atomic Furnishing & Design

Asheville, North Carolina

It was love at first sight that brought Todd and Megan Walsh together—the sight of a good deal on some mid-century furniture, that is

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