Yearly Archives: 2012

The Belsnickle: definitely NOT Santa Claus

Up until the second World War, if a Shenandoah Valley [VA] family was a member of the Lutheran or Reformed church, the children could expect a Christmas Eve visit from the Belsnickle. The practice might even go well beyond just one evening, running for nearly two weeks, starting a week before Christmas and continuing until […]

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"Morrison Is Employing Boy 12 Years of Age"

Chattanooga Daily Times, December 12, 1915– Mark Morrison, manager of Morrison’s, well known local drug firm, was arraigned yesterday before Esquire Kerby, charged with violating the child labor law, on a warrant sworn out by Mrs. O. D. Glenn, special investigator for the state. Mr. Morrison waived preliminary examination, and was bound over to the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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