Histories of Appalachian Peoples

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Greeneville’s Gossip Fatalities

Humanity has long known the dangers of idle gossip. The process of verbal embellishment and fabrication led to countless battles, social exile, and even

The Murderous Belle of Powell Valley

Emma Rogers was the prettiest lady in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Her beauty and finery earned her the title, "The Belle of Powell Valley.

A Salute to the Liar Mulhatton

For some reason, Mulhatton drew a sudden following in 1910. Perhaps it was the discovery that he was still alive, or that he'd found

Suspected Mulhattons from Unknown Authors

These fake works are often attributed to Mulhatton, but it remains to be verified if they are actually "Mulhatton originals." As a result, they

Classic Mulhattons from the Famous Liar

These are brief, paraphrased, and summarized articles from the tales and legends Mulhatton claimed. This is a unique glimpse into the imaginings of the

Joe Mulhatton: The Appalachian Baron Munchausen

Joseph "Joe" Mulhatton (1848-1913) was an icon of the Appalachians at one time who slipped through the fingers of memory. Despite a surge of

Strange Case of Dr. Jay and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.

Morrison’s Phantom Steeds

One of the most notable forgotten plantations in North Carolina was the Carroll Morrison plantation. Some accounts place the ancient estate 25 miles north

Ben Burchfield, Bristol’s Axe Murderer

The proverbial "axe murderer" is a staple of many urban legends. It's been the subject of countless works in film and fiction, inspired by

The Lone Grave

A lone grave is surrounded by an old iron rail at the edge of a parking lot, around where Paroquet Springs once stood, in