Monthly Archives: February 2012

The stranger who minted money at Indian Grave Gap

Tales have circulated for years, telling of counterfeiting operations somewhere in the Unakas – all the way from the Ephriam Place to the Beauty Spot, from the Lose Cove to Iron Mountain. Some of the stories tell of rich silver mines still there somewhere for the finding. Lewis Banner’s family told this story, which took […]

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Warther family carves out a 100-year niche

The following article by Joe Wright ran February 25 in the Times Reporter (of Dover-New Philadelphia, OH). It is reprinted here with permission. It has been 100 years since Ernest “Mooney” Warther, known as the “World’s Master Carver,” built a 10-foot by 14-foot workshop in the backyard of his Dover residence. The young man, who […]

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Paving paradise

The Blue Ridge Parkway is the longest (469 miles), narrowest national park in the world and is the most visited unit in the US National Park system. The parkway runs from the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia at Rockfish Gap to U.S. 441 at Oconaluftee in the Great Smoky Mountains […]

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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 budding 1930s romance in the […]

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Where’s the Valle Crucis post office? Well, that depends

In 1889, William West Skiles described a North Carolina location “entirely shut in by forest-clad mountains.” The area “was watered by three small, limpid streams, two of them leaping down the hillsides in foaming cascades,” Skiles wrote in Missionary Life at Valle Crucis. “It was this secluded valley which, from the cross-like form of the […]

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