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
She was a writer only the American South could have produced, and only by the inspiration of the South of her time could she have produced the varied, gripping, and often harrowing stories she wrote
To this day Barbara Frietchie is celebrated in Frederick with horse and motorcycle races, hams, canned vegetables, and chocolates named after her—all bearing witness to the power of a poem
Little Rock, Arkansas
From one mother to another, every layette is a small token that says “we’ve been there”
Freed from slavery at the age of ten, Theophilus Thompson changed the chess world before he was twenty
The holiday, of course, is celebrated throughout America, but it looks like the South has a prior claim
From pharmacy to café to bordello to bar, Earnestine and Hazel’s many incarnations provide the perfect backdrop for local lore, tall tales, and good old-fashioned ghost stories.
In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along.
Mountain City, Georgia
For all of our progress and advances, there are some things we left behind that might serve us well in our modern society—the folks at Foxfire can tell you what