Category Archives: Appalachia/The South

17-Year Cicadas Set to Emerge This Year in Virginia, West Virginia, & North Carolina

Many residents in Virginia, West Virginia and a handful of communities in North Carolina should prepare themselves for what may amount to hundreds of millions of cicadas this year.  Scientists say Brood IX of the 17-year periodical cicadas of eastern … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between dinner and supper?

If you grew up in the South, you can probably recall your grandparents using the term. Apartment Therapy’s Nancy Mitchell, a native Southerner, wrote, “At grandma’s, dinner happened at noon and there was another meal, supper, in the evening … … Continue reading

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Granddaddy’s Gun: My Most Prized Possession

Hanging on the wall of our hallway is one of my most prized possessions: a Winchester Model 37 single shot 410 shotgun. The trigger guard rattles from decades of wear and the wooden stock is now showing signs of cracking. … Continue reading

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Appalachian Settlers and Their Dwellings

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Appalachian Journey

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Old Appalachian Witches: The Witch Bottle

Many of the early Appalachian pioneers who first called the mysteriously dark mountains home brought with them a wide range of conflicting religious faiths, superstitions and cultures. These assorted practices, however, soon melted into a fascinating and peculiar religion and … Continue reading

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Buttermilk Fried Squirrel with Southern Gravy

August in Kentucky was always a special time of year when I was growing up. The waning days of summer meant squirrel season was about to open, and that hunting season in general was upon us. Many a morning was … Continue reading

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America’s Forgotten Custom of “Pounding” People in Need

The idea of giving someone down on their luck a thorough pounding just doesn’t sound very nice; however, once upon a time in American history, “pounding” someone who had fallen upon hard times was not only an incredible act of … Continue reading

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Not so Cozy: Cold Winters in Cabins by the Fireplace

These days, there is no more of a cozy sight for folks than a glimpse of glistening snow falling down through the window and a nice fire blazing inside a mountain cabin’s fireplace. Indeed the very thought of such a … Continue reading

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The Coldest Acre in Appalachia

The Appalachian Mountains of the United States are known for their remarkable beauty, lush vegetation and rich history. With all of this being said, they can also be quite unforgiving to the unprepared traveler – especially in the frigid winter … Continue reading

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Alabama – I just know it’s Alabama

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Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Confederate Monument Law

Confederate monuments came under attack from the radical left several years ago. In 2017, the SPLC joined the fray and published a list of places and monuments with “Confederate names” that they claimed had the potential to act as “catalysts” … Continue reading

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Southern Fish Camps: Where Tradition is Fried

Located at the headwaters of the Santee River Basin, the mountains of western North Carolina and South Carolina are home to hundreds of streams which feed into the Catawba and Broad rivers, offering anglers incredible opportunities to fish the 440-miles … Continue reading

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Why You’re Being Invaded by Ladybugs

From the hills of southern Appalachia to the Canadian border, there is a bizarre invasion conquering the land. Not the invasion of a foreign army with legions of militant soldiers, but swarms of tiny beetles, complete with red backs and … Continue reading

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Mountain Lore: The Bible Verse That Stops Bleeding

The incredibly tough and resilient people who first settled the Appalachian Mountains crested the Blue Ridge with a Bible in one hand and rifle in the other. The dark and virgin forests of what would become western Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky … Continue reading

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October 1908: The Month the Ohio River Began Drying

The sight is nothing short of spectacular: A crinkled postcard of what appears to be a dried riverbed with the words, “Ohio River: Bridgeport, Ohio, Oct. 15th, 1908”. Typically this image is displayed online with some type of annotation declaring … Continue reading

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The Canary in a Coal Mine

I never saw my dad’s father take a single step — even though he lived until I was nearly 30 years old. In fact, my dad only had one memory of his father walking which dated back to a time … Continue reading

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Witch-Hazel: The Old Time Mountain Skin Medicine

Growing up, my grandmother had what seemed to be dozens of plants growing around her mountain home, each with a specific purpose should my cousins or me find ourselves injured or sick. MORE

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Appalachia’s Front Porch: The Heartbeat of Family Life

These days, the average family’s typical evening is spent doing one of a thousand different things, ranging from scattering across town in different directions to dispersing through the home to each person’s own unique space — walled far away and … Continue reading

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Old Country Talk

“I bet yourn ears was ah burn’n yesterdee,” a common expression I have heard uttered time and time again from the very earliest day of my youth. This along with other phrases such as “A rabbit just ran over my … Continue reading

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