Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Sandlick Sportsman’s Club

When we think of coal company towns, often the first things that come to mind are the company store and company built houses. The Sandlick Sportsman’s Club in McDowell County, WV shows a different facet of the company town. Constructed in 1938, the building served as a recreational retreat for company employees of U.S. Coal […]

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Kentucky’s Roger Cooper: Big Sandy River and Beyond

The following article by L. Scott Miller appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Fiddler magazine. Miller is a freelance musician, writer and educator. He is the 2010 Grand Master’s Traditional Fiddle Champion and is passionate about the fiddling from his native Ohio River Valley. Roger Cooper is a link to the past for what […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. You can start listening right away by clicking the podcast icon over on the right side of your screen. If you’d rather grab the show off itunes for later listening, click here: We open today’s show with guest author Roger Hagy Jr.’s interview […]

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The MM Shepherd store of Hendersonville, NC

Sturdy oak rocking chairs beside a pot-bellied stove, shelves generously filled with the needs of farm families, and, more than anything else, Mrs. M.M. Shepherd herself, accounted for the popularity of Shepherd’s store. Susan Frances Patton Shepherd had had no experience as a merchant, nor had her three daughters and a son left her time […]

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Time for a spring tonic

Doctors once prescribed a tonic. Sulfur and molasses was the dose. Didn’t help one bit. My condition must be chronic. Spring can really hang you up the most. “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” (1952) lyrics by Fran Landesman; music by Tommy Wolf Time to shed the sluggishness of winter! Up till the […]

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