Monthly Archives: July 2011

America’s Roadside Evangelist

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove two lane roads at leisurely speeds, Burma Shave signs were posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. Five small red signs with white letters, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet……and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving […]

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It was like a bachelor party that had gone bad

Please welcome guest authors Patricia Graham and Verna Humphrey, co-authors of the recently published “Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains and Other Homespun Remedies, Proverbs, and Poetry” (E-Booktime LLC). Ms. Graham holds a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Spanish literature from Western Carolina University. She has had poetry published with Milestone Publications, […]

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Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast 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 frontline seat at the 1920 […]

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I asked Granny Lou if robbing the meal wagon was a sin

Please welcome guest author Barbara Taylor Woodall, whose family memoir It’s Not My Mountain Anymore has just been published by Ammons Sisters Publishing/Catch the Spirit of Appalachia imprint. Woodall was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia. She graduated from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in 1973 and is a ‘Foxfire’ veteran. It’s Not […]

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Happy Independence Day everyone!

Get yourself over to Norris, TN today if you can, and treat yourself and the family to an authentic Appalachian Fourth of July tradition: the anvil shoot. The Museum of Appalachia will be celebrating the day with an explosion of sound. Says their website: Folks as far as 15 miles away have reported hearing our […]

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