If you live outside the state of Florida, you may not even know the name Henry Flagler. If you live anywhere along Florida’s Atlantic coast, however, the name Flagler is unavoidable. There’s Flagler Beach, Flagler College, Flagler County and countless other institutions, both private and public, named for Henry Flagler. But who was he?Read more
He was born in Ohio, raised and educated in Pennsylvania and buried in Wisconsin. So why would we want to honor him as a Southern man? Because the years that really defined his legend were spent below the Mason-Dixon, shaping that great Southern religion: college football. His name was John Heisman.Read more
What marks the legacy of a man? Is it his achievements? His words? Or is it his history, his heritage, his associations? These questions get to the heart of the debate over the legacy of many a Southern man … including German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.Read more
Captain Jack Sparrow is once again buckling his swash across the world’s cinema screens, this time tangling with a fictional version of the very real Blackbeard. This weekend, locals and tourists in Fort Walton Beach, Florida will don their eyepatches and bandanas, and brandish their cutlasses and muskets in mock battle. The season of pirates be upon us.
But why is the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival named for a pirate whose name wasn’t even Billy Bowlegs? Time to dig for a little historical buried treasure…Read more
His legend led Theodore Roosevelt to describe him as “the most gifted man ever born on Alabama soil.” Born in the Creek village of Little Tallassee near present-day Montgomery, McGillivray was raised in both the Creek culture of his mother and the colonial lifestyle of his father. Though it made him a controversial figure in traditional Creek society, his blending of the power of his mother’s clan with the wealth and privilege of his father’s world made him a consummate politician.Read more
High atop a mountain in the nation’s most visited national park is a lodge no “windshield tourist” will ever see. It’s the only remaining lodging within the park’s borders – a place with no telephones, no televisions, no electricity, no running water and some very sketchy cell service. The place is LeConte Lodge, named for […]Read more
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Real Southern Men we could profile here. Many of them had more of an impact on history and life in the South and beyond, but only one can boast creating a bona fide pop culture phenomenon more than a century after his death. That one is Davy Crockett.Read more