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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

An Appalachian Romeo and Juliet

The Ripley and Sutherland families of Hawkins County, Tennessee, were much like the Capulet and Montague families in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Sadly, the

A Phantom Gasser

A number of mysterious gas attacks occurred in several Appalachian areas during the Twentieth Century. Intriguingly enough, despite numerous attacks, no culprits were ever

Rotherwood Begins with Ross

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

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 Ordeal of Blood

This historic practice goes by many names: Bier's Test, Bier-Right, Trial by Touch, Ordeal of Blood, Blood-test, Covenanting by Blood, and many others that

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

A Suspected Tribute of… Respect?

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Obituaries in the Nineteenth Century are known for being incredibly long and affectionate. There is one obituary that is unbelievably so, so much so

Ghosts in Dromgoole’s Closet

Aside from the ridiculous racism and bigotry exhibited in her non-fiction works, there are many issues with Dromgoole's material on both Melungeons and the

Will Allen Dromgoole and the Writing Life

Dromgoole didn't start writing until after her mother died in 1884. Her first book was The Sunny Side of the Cumberland, which was published