Nicest Place in the South: November 2014

Virginia may have led America in throwing off her kings, but the Dominion State has no problem providing a municipal monarch of beauty: Staunton (pronounced “STANT’n”), Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley.

Crowned by some of the most well-preserved architecture in the South, Staunton is the perfect setting for:

• Period performances in the world’s first reproduction of Shakespeare’s original theater
• Summers filled with music festivals galore—including a 150-year-old Stonewall Brigade Band
• Restaurants teeming with the best of Shenandoah Valley’s local-farm food offerings
• History recounting hometown heroes from Stonewall Jackson to Woodrow Wilson

Join us throughout the month as we celebrate November’s Nicest Place in the South: picturesque Staunton, Virginia.



The Wyld and the Seafood Culture of Coastal Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Can you in Savannah find high-quality, innovative, and fresh seafood in a casual environment? You can at the Wyld, a new restaurant already known for breaking some of the rules.

The Notable Legacy of Madeira in Charleston and Savannah

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

The exotic island wine that supported America in its infancy is poised for a comeback with surprisingly delicious results

The South’s Most Haunted City? Savannah, to Be Sure

Savannah, Georgia

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah has this ghost thing in the bag—parks, cemeteries, houses, and hospitals that look beautiful by day—and will totally creep you out by night

Tybee Island: Georgia’s Little Island Paradise

Tybee Island, Georgia

The easternmost point in all of Georgia, Tybee Island has been one of the state’s most popular resorts for nearly a century and a half

Old Fort Jackson and Savannah in the Civil War

Savannah, Georgia

Built over 200 years ago, Georgia’s oldest brick fort stands as a memorial to Savannah’s part to play in a War that ravaged the South

Southern Ports: The Maritime Backbone of Southern Economies

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

Maritime fortunes may be more associated with the seafaring towns of New England in the popular memory, but make no mistake about it, such trade built the South as well

Savannah’s Metropolitan District: History and Revival

Savannah, Georgia

Old but beautiful buildings and neighborhoods across the South are finding new life infused into them—and there are few better examples of this than Savannah

The South by Night: The Revolution of Modern Lighting

Savannah, Georgia

In the past, when darkness fell, the world changed—until men could find clever means of bringing illumination into their homes

Southern Domesticity: The Development of Homes in the South

Savannah, Georgia, and Gainesville, Florida

Comfortable, practical, and still traditional, the Southern home has come a long way from origins both humble as well as socially ambitious

Henry Clay Lewis and the Rise of Southern Gothic Literature

Savannah, Georgia

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

The Savannah Architecture of John S. Norris

Savannah, Georgia

He was one of the most important architects of his time, and he hit his stride of greatness when he started building in the South

Historic Preservation: Take Savannah, for Example (Part One)

Savannah, Georgia

The South boasts architecture that traces its history and culture back to its very beginnings, and Savannah leads the way in showing us how not only to preserve this treasure but revive it and utilize it for the South of today