This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Shenandoah Valley Apple Blossom Festival, one of the oldest civic celebrations in Virginia. During the 1930s interest in the Apple Blossom Festival was declining and profits were in the red. A decision had to be made whether to continue the Festival or drop it completely. The turning [...]comments
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Monthly Archives: April 2007
“The population of this vast mountain region is divided into two distinct classes, as far removed in character and environment as it is possible for people to be. First, there are those who live in fertile valleys along the rivers and the railways, with the very best religious and educational advantages, and who are equal [...]comments
In light of the horrific shootings yesterday at Virginia Tech, today’s entry is suspended as we take a moment to pray for the victims’ families and friends. Tweet Send to Kindlecomments
He was born in Indiana, not Appalachia, and for the first 39 years of his life he stumbled around from one job to the next: insurance salesman, steamboat ferry operator, gas lamp manufacturer, railroad man, even justice of the peace. But in 1929 Harlan Sanders finally found his life’s calling. That was the year he [...]comments
Nearly every day my mother or my aunt took me “down the street,” by which they meant downtown. Murphy’s Five and Dime was usually on our itinerary. Another stop was the Corinne Shop, where the proprietor, Marie Hiltie, indulged me by calling me “Mrs. Jones” and pretending I was a grown-up. On Saturday mornings my [...]comments