Monthly Archives: September 2008

Never to Leave the Holler!

Please welcome guest blogger Matthew Burns of Pendleton County WV, author of the recently begun Appalachian Lifestyles blog. “My goal in starting this blog was to create a forum where I could share my colorful family stories,” he tells me, and the following story certainly fits that bill. A few days ago, I received from […]

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Author Neal Thompson discusses the birth of NASCAR

Neal Thompson, author of Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR, read at the 2008 Carolina Literary Festival over in Burnsville, NC this past weekend. We caught up with Neal to get a quick overview of the wild world of early moonshiners and stock car drivers. Appalachian History: Could […]

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Two of the world’s oldest family businesses are Appalachian

Did you know that 40% of Fortune 500 companies are family businesses? Family business forms an extremely valuable segment of American society, yet it has steadfastly received insufficient attention. “Before the multinational corporation, there was family business,” writes William O’Hara in Centuries of Success. “Before the Industrial Revolution, there was family business. Before the enlightenment […]

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One-room schoolhouse

It’s September; time to head back to school. Here’s the Tater Valley Schoolhouse, active 1850-1950, moved from Tater Valley in Anderson County, TN to the Museum of Appalachia. Furnished in the manner of an early mountain school with wooden pews and a lectern. Happy Labor Day! Tater+Valley+TN one+room+schoolhouse Anderson+County+TN appalachia appalachian+history appalachian+mountains+history Tweet Send to […]

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