Places

Flower Power Down South: The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina

For nearly 70 years now, Wilmington has been ringing in every new spring with one of the biggest and best festivals in the South, complete with beautiful belles, spectacular entertainment, and, of course, the most amazing azaleas

Julius Freyhan

St. Francisville, Louisiana

When persecution drove Julius Freyhan from Europe to tiny St. Francisville, Louisiana, he found he had as much to give to this small Southern town as America had given to him.

From Spring Peepers to the Hum of Mowers: The Song of Spring

Searcy, Arkansas

Spring’s music is the symphony, the classical build up, the opera of seasons

Irish Sports, Southern Twang

Nashville, Tennessee

If you traveled the globe you wouldn’t likely see a group of Southerners playing Irish sports with the Parthenon as a backdrop. Unless you’re at Centennial Park in Nashville, that is.

Why Napoleon Sold Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Haiti’s struggle today against tyranny, poverty, and misery is known the world wide, but it was their courageous struggle for freedom two hundred years ago that helped determine the fate of the West.

Downtown in the Oldest Town in Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

Folks have been coming to and through Nacogdoches for a long time, and for good reason—it’s not only the Gateway to the rest of Texas but one of the state’s finest jewels

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

Mind, Body, and Hot Buttered Soul: The Making of Stax Records

Memphis, Tennessee

In a time and region marked by its racial discord, Memphis’s Stax Records rose in a harmonious note of Soul.

Monroeville and the Mockingbird

Monroeville, Alabama

Take the trek to Monroeville, Alabama, to learn more about famed writer Harper Lee, and do it soon. Spring is the time to get the most out of a sojourn to “Alabama’s Literary Capital,” since the annual production of the To Kill a Mockingbird play is put on each April and May.

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

A Southern Paris: Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

One hundred miles northeast of Dallas, the “second largest Paris in the world” stands tall and proud to be.

Bottling the American Spirit: The History of Bourbon Whiskey

Louisville, Kentucky

What happens when you take something as celebrated as whiskey, filter it through pure limestone, age it in caramelized oak casks, and throw in a touch of Southern magic?