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Love, Honor, and Attempted Murder

A lavish wedding occurred at Virginia's Emory and Henry College in May of 1855. Noted bachelor Henry Solon Kane, Esq.

No Greater Love

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

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.

Abingdon’s Femme Fatalle

The Baker trial of 1891 held the region spellbound with shameless love, infidelity, and ultimately murder. The prosecution’s star witness was the mistress herself,

White-Livered Vixens and Vamps

The term, “white liver,” has recently found its way into Appalachian discussions. According to legend, if a woman has the dreaded white liver, her

The Murderous Belle of Powell Valley

Emma Rogers was the prettiest lady in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Her beauty and finery earned her the title, "The Belle of Powell Valley.