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The Melungeon Manipulation

Being an original Melungeon must've been a difficult life. The overwhelming majority of the media held you in utter contempt.

Melungeon Community

The earliest "proof" of Melungeons is commonly cited is the Stony Creek church minutes from 1813. One church member accused another of "harboring melungins.

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

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

The Carter Family’s Ordeal of Blood

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The body of a baby boy was found in Accomack County, in March  of 1679. It was buried in a blue blanket.

The Old Soldier Who Didn’t Die

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John Vestal was an ex-Confederate soldier in Bristol. Vestal had a vision that he was going to die on September 3, 1911.

Kingsport’s Woman in Black

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