No, you probably don’t.
This site was created to showcase little-known Appalachian history. Occasionally, there are discussions on more common topics, but such information is available everywhere. It is of little interest because there is nothing left to discuss. This site was not started to be “just another history site,” that rehashes the same things discussed in countless places elsewhere. The most intriguing history is unfamiliar and unknown.
One of the greatest tragedies a region can experience is when we lose our history. We lose our foundation, our heritage, and ultimately our identity. Our ancestors’ plights, struggles, and wisdom disappear. We cease to have a unique culture.
Equally troublesome is the notion that being raised in any particular area makes us an expert on said area. One of the most common statements from visitors at this site is, “I don’t remember that,” or “I’ve never heard of that.” Even those of us who are born-and-bred in our Appalachian regions have much to learn. History doesn’t disappear, whether the current generation can remember it or not.
Everything on this site has a historic origin, down to the tales in the storytelling section. When time allows, full sourcing is provided, however the purpose of this site is to record and present information for the layperson. The information is provided in easy-to-digest articles, and hopefully will at least inspire discussion. Just as most print magazines do not use or require sources for every article, this is a virtual equivalent.
Our information comes from oral histories, historic newspapers, old magazines, old books, family histories, and genealogy websites. There isn’t an article on this site that doesn’t have a basis in the historic. You may not find information about our topics with ease, but it is indeed out there.