The earliest "proof" of Melungeons is commonly cited is the Stony Creek church minutes from 1813. One church member accused another of "harboring melungins.
Sadly, it seems even less is known of the people today. Early historical accounts suggest the Melungeons were there before the white settlers.
As word spread of the "new race" so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a point to briskly "investigate the community," by speaking to
This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely origin is the French term "Mélange," which simply means
This is one of the most difficult ethnic groups to research today. The overwhelming majority of information is authored by those who use the
The body of a baby boy was found in Accomack County, in March of 1679. It was buried in a blue blanket.
John Vestal was an ex-Confederate soldier in Bristol. Vestal had a vision that he was going to die on September 3, 1911.
The stereotypical “woman in black” has been a ominous figure throughout much of history. The Appalachian regions were no exception.