Welcome to Virginia Creeper. This is the home for all things Appalachian, from history and folklore to general culture. This website actually began in 2004, but it has gone through many drastic changes since.
The information featured here focuses on the Central Appalachian regions, particularly the Tri-Cities region.
The purpose of this website is three-fold. We strive to:
- Preserve our history and heritage through documentation.
- Educate on current and former events related to this region.
- Provide a non-biased perspective of all things Appalachian.
The Appalachian Mountains are vastly historic to America. Unfortunately, yellow journalism and urban sensationalism perpetuate false perceptions and ideas about Appalachian people. From the latter portion of the Nineteenth Century onward, journalists and like-minded individuals nationwide have manipulated, embellished, and even fabricated, tales of Appalachia. Historically, this was done to sell newspapers or half-cocked documentaries. Today the reasons are similar. Reality programming that features individuals below Pennsylvania are contingent upon the persons being “white trash.”
Unfortunately, much of the public still thinks of entertainment, such as the “Beverley Hillbillies,” when these regions are mentioned. We seek to highlight Appalachian innovation, accomplishments, and capabilities without resorting to perpetuating stereotypes.