Welcome to Virginia Creeper, home for all things Appalachian. The Appalachian Mountains are the oldest mountain range on the continent of North America. This impressive chain stretches up the east coast, from Newfoundland, down to Alabama. Fortunately for us, these mountains have a history that’s just as wide and diverse. Virginia Creeper focuses on the Central and Southern Appalachian regions, particularly the Tri-Cities region.
Our region’s history is a reflection of American history. The Appalachians witnessed feuds, whereas New York City witnessed gang warfare. Our outlaws were complex characters, just as those found in the Wild West. People fought for, and died for, their land, just as was done in the Midwest during settlement. Our moonshiners battled for territory and power, just as organized crime bosses waged turf wars during Prohibition. Our lawmen were sometimes only “lawmen” because they wore a badge.
The Appalachian Mountains are vastly historic to America. Unfortunately, yellow journalism and urban sensationalism perpetuate false perceptions and ideas about Appalachian people. From the latter portion of the Nineteenth Century onward, journalists and like-minded individuals have manipulated, embellished, and even fabricated tales of Appalachian life to sell newspapers or half-cocked documentaries. A practice that continues today. We hope to cut through the haze of stereotypical melodrama and provide an unbiased, clear picture of our history.