Yearly Archives: 2008

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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Ray Hicks, keeper of the Jack Tales

Ray Hicks, born this day in 1922, was best known for his traditional storytelling and for preserving the original Beech Mountain ‘Jack Tales’ brought to western North Carolina by his ancestors. Ray, his grandfather Benjamin and his great-great grandfather Counce (Council) Harmon all carefully passed down these tall tales to the next generation. It seems […]

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World’s largest display of the 10 Commandments

It’s an important part of the local religious landscape. That’s probably the easiest way to sum up Fields of the Wood in Murphy, North Carolina. If you leave my hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee, headed east on U.S. Transcontinental Highway 64, you’ll go through Polk County (the southeastern most county in Tennessee) and then cross over […]

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