Alice Malsenior Walker was born on February 9, 1944, to sharecroppers in rural northeast Georgia. She was the youngest of eight children and at a young age was partially blinded by a BB gun. She enjoyed poetry and writing and excelled in school, later becoming her high school valedictorian. In 1961, she left small-town life to attend Spelman College in Atlanta on a … [Read more...] about Literary South: Alice Walker
Rail lines once connected much of the South, from Flagler's train down the length of Florida to the Amtrak Crescent Line that still runs in a curve down the coast to New Orleans. But what happens when these tracks are no longer in use? Many communities have converted them to rails-to-trails paths, public spaces with parks, restaurants, and access to public transportation … [Read more...] about The South’s Best Rails to Trails Paths
Many travelers heading south to Florida pass through Atlanta and South Georgia on their way to Gainesville and beyond. It's one of two routes on major highways but you can also detour to the small towns that run alongside the highway for an enjoyable road trip. While I-75 is the fastest route, following the first half of the road trip between Atlanta and Savannah, you can … [Read more...] about Road Tripping From Atlanta to Gainesville
Both Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina have been called the "capital of the New South," with impressive skylines and major industries. Both had industrial beginnings, namely railroad and cotton. Both have major international airports. But the cities aren’t rivals as much as they are sisters. It’s like how you might compare London and Paris. Both are … [Read more...] about Atlanta vs. Charlotte: Who Does It Better?
Tubing down the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta has long been a favorite summer pastime. From 1969 to 1980, the Ramblin' Raft Race was a wild party on the water with makeshift floats and over 300,000 attendees. In 1978, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area was created by President Carter to preserve the ecosystem. The National Park-managed section of the river … [Read more...] about How to “Shoot the Hooch” in Atlanta