Histories of Appalachian Peoples

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The Real History of Melungeons

Sadly, it seems even less is known of the people today. Early historical accounts suggest the Melungeons were there before the white settlers.

Melungeon Fame

As word spread of the "new race" so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a point to briskly "investigate the community," by speaking to

Melungeon Etymology

This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely origin is the French term "Mélange," which simply means

The Oak Level Witch

In the early 1900s, a cabin sat near Stebbins, or what is now Oak Level, Virginia. It was known as "Aunt Tabby Anderson's Place.

An Introduction to Melungeons

This is one of the most difficult ethnic groups to research today. The overwhelming majority of information is authored by those who use the

M. B. “Doc” Taylor (1836-1893)

For some reason, many papers of the era list him as "C. H.

Hereditary Druids

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

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

A long and successful courtship was sealed by matrimony in October 1909. George F.

No Greater Love

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