Category Archives: Appalachia/The South

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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The Appalachians – The Scotch-Irish

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The Story of America’s One Room School Houses

In just a handful of days America’s school children will be heading back to school for the start of a new school year. Though not all, many will be returning to multi-million dollar facilities, complete with full handicap accessibility, high … Continue reading

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Marbles: The Mountains’ Classic Children’s Game

A half-dozen mischievous looking boys gathered in a circle, some squatted while others watch closely from a standing position — their pant legs are rolled up above their shins and the dirty Appalachian ground covers their dusty bare feet. The … Continue reading

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How to cure Country Ham

Okay, I gotta confess: I don’t care for Country Ham. Shoot me now.

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Appalachian Lore: Don’t Swim During Dog Days of Summer

When my mind drifts back to yesteryear of many decades ago, the overwhelming majority of my memories find me roaming barefoot through the hills and hollers of Appalachia — during the summer months. Summer was a special time when I … Continue reading

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Southern Tradition: Peanuts In Coke

From its very beginning, the American Southland has been home to a countless number of unique and fascinating traditions, customs and practices. Many of the things that were developed in the heart of Dixie have gone on to be embraced … Continue reading

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Why Your Grandparents Would “Plant by the Signs”

I can hear her shaky voice like it was yesterday, “You need to get your taters in the ground tomorrow, ’cause the signs is right’.” The last “Granny Woman” of our family, my ‘Mamaw’ served as a wealth of knowledge … Continue reading

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17th Century “Ghost Mines” of the Appalachians

A Spanish Silver Mine in East Tennessee I was skeptical the first time I heard about the Spanish silver mine in east Tennessee. My uncle Jim was a master storyteller, and had entertained us as kids with any number of … Continue reading

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Rice & Milk: The Ultimate Mountain Comfort Food

When one thinks of cultures that rely heavily on rice, the mountaineers of Appalachia typically aren’t the first people to come to mind. Like so many other cultures around the world, however, that have struggled to make end’s meat, the … Continue reading

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