Monthly Archives: May 2011

How Thomas Jefferson’s rave review put Harper’s Ferry on the map

Please welcome guest author Bob O’Connor, whose article ‘How Thomas Jefferson’s Rave Review put Harper’s Ferry on the Map’ ran in the just published premiere issue of Panhandle magazine. “West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle — home to an amazing mix of natural beauty, history and growth — deserves a top-notch publication,” says publisher Christine Miller Ford. […]

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The Long Trail of Shortia, part 2 of 2

The Long Trail of Shortia, by Charles Elliott, appeared originally in Horticulture Magazine, August 2001 (continued from yesterday)… In the autumn of 1886, Charles Sprague Sargent, founder of the Arnold Arboretum and by then America’s most distinguished dendrologist, journeyed to the corner where Georgia, North and South Carolina come together. This mountain region, about 75 […]

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The Long Trail of Shortia, part 1 of 2

The Long Trail of Shortia, by Charles Elliott, appeared originally in Horticulture Magazine, August 2001 It doesn’t sound like much, really. “A charming, small, but not easily grown evergreen perennial for the experienced plantsman,” is all that one standard handbook can manage to say on its behalf. But to the great American botanist Asa Gray […]

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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 a look at Jesse Stuart, a […]

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I’ve prayed for straight hair—or hair of a different color.

If you’ve never been to Plum Grove then you wouldn’t know about that road. It’s an awful road, with big ruts and mudholes where the coal wagons with them nar-rimmed wheels cut down. There is a lot of haw bushes along this road. It goes up and down two yaller banks. From Lima Whitehall’s house […]

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