Histories of Appalachian Peoples

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Hereditary Druids

March 4, 2017
Hereditary Druid of the Cuilliaéan [  The first priests and mystics of Europe are variously regarded as the mysterious "druids" -- a family and

Coal Mine Terminology

March 4, 2017
Commonly used terms from the Appalachian Coal Mines and what they meant. Afterdamp- Toxic fumes that occur after an explosion within a mine.

A Love Story

March 4, 2017
A long and successful courtship was sealed by matrimony in October 1909. George F.

No Greater Love

March 4, 2017
Life in early Appalachia wasn't always about outlaws and the thrill of blockading. It wasn't always gunfire and violence.

That’s a Flinch

March 4, 2017
Alexander Wright was a locomotive fireman in Bristol, Virginia. Wright loved practical jokes, until one joke went horribly wrong.

The Ballad of Milly Wheatley

March 4, 2017
William Wheatley and his wife rode to a religious service at neighbor's house in 1819. The Rye Cove area of Scott County still wasn’t

Kingsport’s Woman in Black

March 4, 2017
The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.

Gate City’s Train Tragedy of 1940

March 4, 2017
A mysterious collision occurred in Gate City, Virginia, on January 27, 1940. The victims’ families were never given reason as to why the tragedy

Abingdon’s Femme Fatalle

February 27, 2017
The Baker trial of 1891 held the region spellbound with shameless love, infidelity, and ultimately murder. The prosecution’s star witness was the mistress herself,

Abingdon’s Dry Killers

February 27, 2017
J.W.