An Ode to Appalachian Women

We are the mothers of the mountains We are the women of the wilderness We call the mysterious hills and hollers home We are the remnants of the old world dream We still speak the language of those who sacrificed for freedom We are the carriers of ancient wisdom We are the agents of our … Continue reading An Ode to Appalachian Women

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Civil War Wedding Crashers

Southern Appalachia was not immune to the misfortunes of the Civil War. In fact, the region possessed many of the Confederacy’s necessary resources, such as wheat, salt, and lead. These sites became insatiable targets for the Union Army, which spent a great deal of time, money, and lives trying to claim the resources for the … Continue reading Civil War Wedding Crashers

Apalachen History

I have returned from the shadows! A lot of life happened in the six months since I last posted. My business took off, I had some really great and loyal customers, I was about to get established in the Lake Norman area, and all was well in the world. And then we moved out of … Continue reading Apalachen History

Absence Update

Hi y'all. I wanted to apologize for my absence and lack of activity on here recently because I've recently began the process of starting my own small business! Soap making has been a passion of mine for a while now and the time felt right to see if I could make a business out of … Continue reading Absence Update

Twelfth Night: An Appalachian Christmas Story

An Appalachian history blog wouldn’t be complete without a Twelfth Night explanation, so here it is! Merry Old Christmas!   Anyone who knows anyone from Appalachia is certainly well aware of the stereotype surrounding his/her apparent stubbornness. As a native Appalachian of a dozen generations, I can personally attest to the truth of this behavioral trait. … Continue reading Twelfth Night: An Appalachian Christmas Story

Saltville, Virginia 1924: The Year Without a Christmas

Nestled in a small river valley in the heart of Southwest Virginia, present-day Saltville is little more than a dot on the map. As evidenced by the town’s name, this particular area in the valley has historically been rich in salt deposits. The salt in this valley attracted prehistoric animals into its environment like mastodons, … Continue reading Saltville, Virginia 1924: The Year Without a Christmas

When West Virginia Got the Best of Old Jack

During the American Civil War, the picturesque Shenandoah Valley was one of the most vital locations for both the state of Virginia and the Confederacy. Nestled neatly between the wall of Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the imposing Allegheny Mountains on the west, the roughly 200 mile long valley famously grew a plethora … Continue reading When West Virginia Got the Best of Old Jack