Author: Laura Wright

Melungeon Fame

As word spread of the "new race" so did fantasy. Northern reporters made it a…

Melungeon Etymology

This word has been used for centuries, although in strikingly different contexts. The most likely…

An Introduction to Melungeons

This is one of the most difficult ethnic groups to research today. The overwhelming majority…

The Consequences of Irreverent Laughter

Scott County's only double-execution happened on February 6, 1885. The hanging occurred in Estillville, later…

M. B. “Doc” Taylor (1836-1893)

For some reason, many papers of the era list him as "C. H. 'Doc' Taylor."…

Killer Politics

November 3 of 1903, was Election Day in Scott County, Virginia. The battle started before…

Jim Wright (?-Sep. 8, 1902)

"Bad" Jim Wright¬†(?-Sep. 8, 1902) was an outlaw from Hancock County, Tennessee, serving a life…

Kings Mountain Memorial Hospital

[caption id="attachment_49" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kings Mountain Memorial Hospital as a new structure, 1927.[/caption] This notable…

Coal Mine Terminology

Commonly used terms from the Appalachian Coal Mines and what they meant. Afterdamp- Toxic fumes…

International Espionage in Kingsport

We watch the dramatic portrayals of international espionage routinely in movies and on television. James…