Histories of Appalachian Peoples

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The Phipps Come to Rotherwood

Tracing Rotherwood's ownership is a formidable task, but it's possible to create a general outline. Ross sold the property to the Phipps family in

Rotherwood Begins with Ross

The history of Rotherwood goes back to the 1810s. For a long time, the area was called "Old Kingsport.

Bradley Casteel and His Missing Girl

Bradley Casteel was Big Stone Gap native who'd fallen on hard times in Norfolk, Virginia. He was working in a prison camp on charges

Princess Kahina of Scott County

Kahina was an African Princess who began life as the daughter of a powerful king. Warriors from a rival tribe discovered her walking far

Oliver Vermillion’s Silent Bones

Oliver Vermillion was a wealthy man in the 1820s. He lived in the Thompson's Ford area of Nicklesville, Virginia.

The Black Mountain Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle has been discussed for centuries for its disappearances and strange events. What is not known is that Appalachian regions also have

Melungeon Exploitation

The Melungeons emerged into common knowledge as a group of isolationists in Northeastern Tennessee. Their primary home was in Hancock County, in a place

Abijah Alley

Abijah Alley, of Eighteenth Century Scott County, is one of the most difficult individuals to locate information on. Alley left a fantastic legacy that

The Wentz Mystery

The Wentz mystery is a phenomenon that hit Southwest Virginia in the early 1900s. It's imperative to understand rural Appalachian life to explore the

Sources for Will Allen Dromgoole

1. The Writer, Volume 6.