Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Cherry Tree Carol (abridged)

JOSEPH was an old man,And an old man was he,When he wedded MaryIn the land of Galilee. Joseph and Mary walk’dThrough an orchard good,Where was cherries and berriesSo red as any blood. Joseph and Mary walk’dThrough an orchard green,Where was berries and cherriesAs thick as might be seen. O then bespoke Mary,So meek and so […]


Listen Here: Appalachian History Weekly podcast posts today

We post a new episode of Appalachian History weekly podcast every Sunday. Check us out on the Stitcher network, available on mobile phones, in-car dashboards and tablets worldwide. Just click below to start listening: We open today’s show with a Christmas fable from Old Appalachia that explains why horses eat all the time, why donkeys […]


Review: New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943

Please welcome guest author Roger May. May is a documentary photographer currently living in Raleigh, NC. He was born and raised in the Tug Valley region of southern WV and eastern KY. He’s currently enrolled in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he’s also a […]


They did have little dolls for the girls

“Late fall we’d start getting up the wood for the winter. You couldn’t believe it would take that much wood. You would see wood from here, well, say a hundred feet long. You would think, well, golly, that’s a lot of wood! But it didn’t take long to get rid of that much wood in […]


Ms. Horse, Ms. Mule and Ms. Cow — a Christmas fable

Mary sure did have some problems living in that barn. When baby Jesus was born, Joseph needed a crib, so he put some fresh hay in Ms. Horse’s feeding trough. Nobody asked Ms. Horse if they could use her food basket—her manger—for a crib. Once her manger was filled with straw nobody said Ms. Horse […]

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