Places

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?

Cane River Cotton and the Old Oakland Plantation

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Two and a quarter centuries ago, one of America’s earliest cotton plantations set up shop near Natchitoches on the Cane River, and it thrives today as the South’s most authentic example of French Creole plantation life

Oklahoma: The Sooner State

Oklahoma

Settlers laying a claim sooner rather than later in the Land Rush of 1889 left behind a nickname and a legacy in the would-be state.

Gainesville’s Historic Pleasant Street Neighborhood

Gainesville, Florida

Segregated from the mainstream white areas, black American neighborhoods across the South developed into fully-formed townscapes, and there is no better example than Gainesville’s beautiful Pleasant Street

Carolina Love Songs

North Carolina & South Carolina

Peppered among Billboard tunes about big cities and bustling sidewalks, you’ll find countless heartfelt odes to the beautiful lands of Caroline

Chasing Les Bon Temps on the Cajun Prairie with the Courir de Mardi Gras

Church Point, Louisiana

Get out of the city and come to the Cajun’s wild and colorful chicken-chasing Courir de Mardi Gras—where the good times roll in their own rollicking way

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

MacClenny’s Heritage Village

MacClenny, Florida

What began as this small Southern town’s modest restoration of their train depot has grown into a full-scale reproduction of century-ago village life

Treasures of Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island, Georgia

One of Georgia’s less talked about gems, Jekyll Island has plenty of treasures to find in this hide-away paradise built by some of the wealthiest families in our nation’s history

Gee’s Bend, Alabama

Boykin, Alabama

Strong and determined like the river that quilts their tiny community, the creative folks of Gee’s Bend have a story to tell—and a good way of telling it.