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A Love Story

A long and successful courtship was sealed by matrimony in October 1909. George F.

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.

The Ballad of Milly Wheatley

William Wheatley and his wife rode to a religious service at neighbor's house in 1819. The Rye Cove area of Scott County still wasn’t

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 Moon Ghost

The Moon Ghost is a name given to a series of bizarre incidents that took place in the home of Schulyer Moon, of Fluvanna

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

Rotherwood after the Phipps

Rotherwood ownership is sketchy for a time. There was one mention in 1902, when newspapers reported Henry Feagins died at Johns Hopkins hospital in

The Phipps Come to Rotherwood

Tracing Rotherwood's ownership is a formidable task, but it's possible to create a general outline. Ross sold the property to the Phipps family in

Rotherwood Begins with Ross

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

Fact vs. Folklore: The Rotherwood Mansion

Rotherwood is a legendary home in Hawkins County, Tennessee. It's known as a true plantation house, one of the last remaining structures of its