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Bringing Back The American Chestnut
2022-10-17 15:10
Please welcome guest author Adrian Johansen. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, but covers a variety of topics related to sustainability, diversity and development. You can foll… Read More
History And Haints Abound!!
2021-10-25 20:07
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Please welcome guest author Deborah Hampton Michael. Retired IT and HR Executive, Deborah now resides in NW North Carolina and spends her time resea… Read More
Lovesick In Blacksburg
2021-06-12 19:23
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Photo above: Olivia Tutwiler’s opening diary page in background; illustration of woman with good luck clover looking into a VPI mirror, from the 1… Read More
This Is Not A Pipe…
2021-06-09 09:02
Estimated reading time: 13 minutes Photo above: Early model of laurel pipe ‘Spartan’ from D&P Pipe Works. Manufactured 1942-43. …at least, it’s not the cl… Read More
Mailing Babies Via Parcel Post
2021-05-24 09:00
Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Parcel Post Service became available to Americans on January 1, 1913. Farm families, having made Rural Free Delivery a nation-wide success, were especia… Read More
The May Queen: A Mini ‘Miss America’
2021-05-20 09:00
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes Photo above: Hiwassee College May Queen and court. May 14, 1936. Original caption says: “Ordered by Hiwassee College,” significant because… Read More
“I Believe The Dam Has Burst!”
2021-05-17 09:00
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Photo above: 1937 view of the site of the old South Fork Reservoir Dam, the collapse of which caused the Johnstown flood of 1889.  “I saw… Read More
Is The Kentucky Long Rifle Misnamed?
2021-05-03 09:00
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes The short answer is “No.” That said, what we almost always refer to today as the ‘Kentucky long rifle’ wasn’t always call… Read More
The Vanished Community Of Lost Cove
2021-04-12 09:00
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Photo above: Hosea Bailey sitting in Velmer Bailey’s barn. Please welcome guest author Christy A. Smith. Smith is a part-time Professor in… Read More
2021-02-16 10:00
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes Photo above: 1882 view of Gunnison, CO as seen from roof of the Lewis Hotel. continues from yesterday… While Cap and Joe hid out at Dan Ch… Read More
2021-02-02 10:00
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Photo above: Children of Maldonia and John Fullwood with friends, circa 1919.  (Photo courtesy of Allen W. Fullwood) Please welcome guest au… Read More
Snags, Sawyers, And A River On A Boom
2021-01-11 16:48
Photo above: Modern day topographic map; arrow points to intersection of Georges Creek and the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy, approximate location of the Favorite’s sinking. “T… Read More
Christmas Time On Newman’s Ridge
2020-12-22 10:00
Please welcome guest author Bonnie Heiskell Peters. Peters is a native of Union County, TN and was appointed its County Historian in 1994. She wrote the Union County entry for… Read More
2020-12-21 10:00
Please welcome guest author Jim Casada. ‘Christmas Heartbreak’ is a slightly revised version of a chapter from Casada’s latest book, “A Smoky Mountain Boyhood: Mu… Read More
Mountain Christmas
2020-12-18 10:00
Please welcome guest author Lynn Salsi. Salsi is a university writing professor (Kennesaw State University), storyteller, and author of books, plays, and short stories for children and a… Read More
2020-12-17 10:00
Shimmering trinkets. Memories hang on branches at every height. Your soft white glow illuminates the room and your corner in magical light. You may not be the tallest, nor are you the first… Read More
West Virginia Mine Wars Museum 2.0
2020-12-11 10:00
Photo above: UMWA Local 1440 Members lend a hand to clean out the Museum’s new home. Please welcome guest author Lou Martin. Martin is a founding board member of the West Virgin… Read More
The Tryon Toy Makers And Woodcarvers
2020-12-04 10:00
Photo above: Cover from a small six-page souvenir/advertising pamphlet with illustration attributed to George C. Aid, ca: 1924. Collection: The North Carolina Museum of History. Pleas… Read More
The Ghosts Of Guyan
2020-10-27 05:00
Found Among the Manuscripts of the Late Montmorency Sneerlip Snags, Esq. Please welcome author Brandon Ray Kirk. Kirk is an author and associate professor of history located in southe… Read More
The Ghosts Of Smith Haven Manor
2020-10-26 05:00
Please welcome guest author John VanArsdall. VanArsdall is an old-time musician, promoter and historian of Appalachian mountain music, teacher and storyteller. He has lectured at ETSU in… Read More
Tommy Knockers & Mine Ghosts
2020-10-23 05:00
This piece by Eva Smith-Carroll originally ran on the West Virginia Memories site. It is reprinted here with permission. Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers… Read More
It’s An Old Building. Stuff Happens.
2020-10-16 05:00
Please welcome guest author Judi Tarowsky. She is a member and past president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. She has been a professional teller for about 12 years. Her ori… Read More
She Haunted That Damn Train All Night!
2020-10-15 05:00
Please welcome guest author Denise Smith. Smith lives in Rocky Gap, Bland County, VA, as have 11 generations of her ancestors.  She graduated from the school of hard knocks and Emor… Read More
Why Did Rawhead Scare Kids So?
2020-10-14 05:00
“Mama had ways of making us go to bed and (the more difficult problem) stay in bed. She told us scary stories about ol’ Scratch Eyes and Raw Head Bloody Bones. In all my life I h… Read More
Look Twice Before Shooting!
2020-10-13 05:00
Please welcome guest author Wayne Easter. “I was born in a one-room log cabin (in 1932) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge,” he says. “We had ‘very little of noth… Read More
“Everyday” Appalachian Superstitions
2020-10-12 05:00
Please welcome guest author Sarah Loudin Thomas. Thomas writes historical fiction set primarily in her home state of West Virginia. To learn more about her stories, visit www.SarahLoudin… Read More
2020-10-09 05:00
Mercer County, WV Please welcome guest author Wendy Johnston. Johnston is a librarian, activist, researcher and Appalachian scholar. She’s a native of West Virginia, now living… Read More
2020-10-08 05:00
A fire snaps. Light footfalls over the loose earth near my feet. A pungent smoke mingles with the acrid smell of clotted blood. I wiggle my nose. Little movement. Something cakes both nostri… Read More
The Moon Ghost
2020-10-06 05:00
Please welcome guest authors Steve Gilly, Gena Gilly & Rod Mullins, producers of the Mountainlore podcast. MountainLore brings the folklore of Appalachia to the rest of the world.&nb… Read More
Will You Come Up Before It Is Too Late?
2020-10-05 05:00
Please welcome guest author Gary Carden. “I am a storyteller and I have been so all of my life,” he says. “I have four books, eight plays and I now tell stories on the… Read More
Songcatching “Bolakins”
2020-09-10 05:00
Please welcome guest author Derek Piotr. Derek is a performer, folklorist and author based in New England, whose work focuses primarily on the human voice. His work covers genres as dive… Read More
Art & Dotty, A Love Story In Letters
2020-07-30 06:00
ARTHUR STORY BUSHING, son of Sgt. Alvin C. York’s personal secretary by Lisa Soland (Arthur Story Bushing, while obtaining his undergrad degree at Maryville College) Dr. Ar… Read More
What Is A Jenny Lind House?
2020-05-21 16:18
The type of ‘boxed house’ shown here, made out of a board and batten style construction, can be found from southwestern Pennsylvania down through Alabama. Why are they called &ls&hell…Read More
Chillicothe, The Town That Moves Around
2020-05-20 10:57
In the America of today, the Ohio town of Chillicothe has a fixed name. The town name doesn’t ever designate more than that one place.In Shawnee culture, however, the village name of C… Read More
Happy Veterans Day
2019-11-11 10:40
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2019-10-16 05:00
In October 1960, Dr. Bernice Eddy gave a talk to the Cancer Society in New York without warning her employer, the National Institutes of Health, in advance. She startled the attendees by ann… Read More
The Family Bible
2019-09-20 05:00
Prior to easily retrievable birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, and digitized record keeping in general, the family Bible held the ultimate narrative of ancestral hist… Read More
He Brought The Deer Back To North Georgia
2019-09-09 05:00
Deer hunting season got underway in Georgia this past Monday, September 9. It’s all too easy to forget that in the early part of the 20th century, there simply were no deer to be had i… Read More
Happy Labor Day!
2019-09-02 09:01
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The Red Neck Army Marches To Blair Mountain
2019-08-30 05:00
The Battle of Blair Mountain marked a turning point in the national movement to better the conditions of working people by demanding the legalization of unions. It was the largest armed labo… Read More

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