Monthly Archives: April 2007

Shenandoah Valley Apple Blossom Festival time

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 […]


As far removed as it is possible to be

“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 […]


We pause to mourn

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 Kindle


Finger Lickin Good

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 Harland Sanders finally found his life’s calling. That was the year he […]


They earned their living at a neighboring hotel

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 […]

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