Monthly Archives: July 2013

The house that makes broomsticks stand on end

GO to Mystery Hill at Blowing Rock, NC! SEE people stand on 45-degree angles! WATCH water roll uphill! Mystery after mystery! America loves Mystery Spots. Irish Hills, MI, also has a Mystery Hill. Lake Wales, FL, has Spook Hill. California has the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz. Mystery spots of land, often known as gravity […]


Maryland’s Oldest Founding-Family-Owned Restaurant

Hanging on the walls of the modern day Geatz’s Restaurant are two photos, one from 1889 and one from 1904, of the family proprietors standing in front of their establishment. On his saloon’s sign (in both photos), Johannes Götz has changed the spelling of his name to ‘John Geatz.’ “The story was told to me that the family changed the spelling for easier pronunciation,” explains JP Geatz, “which I don’t think has helped too much anyway because everybody pronounces it GEETZ or GOATS.” He chuckles, then pauses to consider. “I like Geatz’s, where EAT is in the name – where EAT is in the center of the spelling.”


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 guest author Denise Smith. Smith lives in Rocky Gap, VA, as have 11 generations of her […]


Feedsack mania

Feedsack fashion officially got its start in 1924. Oh, thrifty farm wives nationwide had known for years that this common cotton bag— fondly nicknamed chicken linen, ‘pretties,’ or hen house linen—was a great source of utilitarian fabric for dish cloths, diapers, nightgowns, curtains, pillowcases and more. But in the 2nd quarter of the 20th century […]


Preserving the Skyline Farms Colony

The pioneering spirit that led settlers to carve Skyline Farms Colony from the rugged north Alabama landscape in the 1930s is pushing Skyline Farms Heritage Association to resurrect its buildings, artifacts and culture.

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