Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Carter family of Stony Creek, VA ( part 2 of 2)

(continued from yesterday…) Massive oak trees scattered their nuts on the forest floor; thousands of chestnut trees showered bushels and bushels of sweet tasty nuts on the ground. Hickory and beechnuts were food for small game, wild grapes and persimmons were food for opossums, coons and wild birds. Farmers didn’t have to worry with feeding […]

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The Carter family of Stony Creek, VA ( part 1 of 2)

It was while trout fishing in the spring of 1938, in Big Stony Creek, that I first saw the old Carter Mill. I well remember taking two beautiful, brightly speckled, brook trout, each of them thirteen inches long, right out from under the old mill house. It was on that day that I first met […]

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National Forest Service Celebrates 100 Years

Please welcome guest author Mark File, who runs the RomanticAshville site. The following article ran March 8, 2011 on that site. Throughout 2011, the National Forest Service is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, which led to the creation of Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest, along with other national and experimental […]

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The blacksmith was a man-of-all-work

As the horse is becoming less and less important, the blacksmith shop, so intimately connected with horses, is becoming rare. There was a time when the shop shared with the general store the honor of being a loafers’ joint. Ostensibly the people who gathered at the blacksmith shop had come on business, but one was […]

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Voice from the Queen City of the Alleghenies

Sara Roberta Getty (1880-1973) served as Woman’s Editor for the Cumberland [MD] Daily News from 1924 to 1942. She wrote four books of poetry, including Little songs of every day, (1924) and Maryland Melodies, (1930), the latter dedicated “to the Queen City of the Alleghenies and her warm hearted people who to me have been […]

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