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Coal Mine Terminology

Commonly used terms from the Appalachian Coal Mines and what they meant. Afterdamp- Toxic fumes that occur after an explosion within a mine.

Centralia’s Silent Hill

Centralia, Pennsylvania is the favorite mining town here at the House. Not only does it have a constant fire burning beneath its surface, it

The Female Stranger

This mysterious grave in St. Paul's Cemetery has stirred more questions, more suspicion, and more romantic notions than perhaps any other location in Alexandria,

Brown Mountain’s Witch Fires

The Brown Mountain Lights in North Carolina have fascinated visitors for over a century. It's even been the inspiration for an episode of the

The Silver Bullet

Lawrence Nutting was a U. S.

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

Sources for Will Allen Dromgoole

1. The Writer, Volume 6.

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