Welcome to Soul of the South, SGA’s repository for tips and tidbits that focus on the American South’s cultural, literary, music, language, food and folk traditions. In addition, from time to time, we’ll feature “Southern Superlatives” – national and regional news that shows how SGA states and the region stack up in areas such as education, quality of life, “best ofs” and more.

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  • The American South is rife with haunted real estate -- check out these spooky places!




  • There are many sides to a Southern Woman. Take this Steel Magnolia quiz to see which you are!


  • NC lighting artisan Louise Gaskill creates fixtures with European vintage glass and Midcentury metal!


  • It doesn't get any more Southern than shrimp and grits -- and the history is intriguing!


  • TN's Peter Nappi jackets offer impeccable Southern style -- just in time for chily nights!


  • Meet the female farmers from Patchwork City Farms in Atlanta's historic West End neighborhood!


  • This new collection portrays the Queen City through the perspectives of 27 local writers!

  • Art-for-your-walls is experiencing a renaissance -- check out these Southern sources!