Monthly Archives: May 2012

No stop-leak for the dripping radiator? Dump in a handful of cornmeal!

Relatives of the gone-away families often visited if they owned a car or could get a ride with someone who did have one. Susan’s son Henry Hampton (by a former marriage) and wife Mint lived with their children in the Carcassonne community. Henry worked in the mines and owned a car of what age, make […]

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Busy as a…

They’ll have plenty of time to regroup during the slow months of July and August, but right now it’s the end of the spring honey flow, and apiarists throughout Appalachia are knee-deep in the golden goo. Beekeeping is an age old, and surprisingly little changed, ritual. Below right is a 1908 ad from the Beekeeper’s […]

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Then I did a foolish, impulsive thing. I wrote him that I would wait.

Please welcome guest writer Amelia Jean Miller of Reliance, TN, who has just completed ‘Tennessee Time Travels,’ a memoir of becoming a young woman in the Appalachia of the 1950s. “I have written, in some form, since I was six years old,” she says. “Diaries, journals, personal letters, poems and short stories have always been […]

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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 author George A. Mosel’s appreciation of […]

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Emma Gatewood, 67, walks Appalachian Trail solo

Perry and Emma Gatewood’s oldest daughter Helen was already 20 years old in 1928, and the other children weren’t far behind. So Emma Gatewood became “Grandma Gatewood” to her immediate family long before the rest of the world knew her by that title. Throughout the 30s, 40s and 50s she continued raising her 11 children […]

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