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We open today’s show with a guest post from Deborah L. Helms. Helms is the secretary for North Alabama’s Skyline Farms Heritage Association. “The pioneering spirit that led settlers to carve Skyline Farms Colony from the rugged north Alabama landscape in the 1930s,” she tells us, “is pushing Skyline Farms Heritage Association to resurrect its buildings, artifacts and culture.”
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
WV’s Princess Aracoma story blends tales of the Shawnee with the story of two young lovers from warring cultures (think Pocahontas and Capt. John Smith). Boling Baker, a scout from General Braddock’s Army during the French and Indian War, is captured in 1756 by the Shawnee, led by Cornstalk. He is forced to ‘run the gauntlet,’ and moments before being burned at the stake, is rescued from death by Cornstalk’s daughter Aracoma, who is impressed with his courage.
We’ll wrap things up with a peek inside western Maryland’s family owned restaurant business. According to Maryland and Delaware Off the Beaten Path, 8th (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Judy Colbert (2007), the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont is the oldest established restaurant in the state of Maryland still operated by the founding family. Depending on how you define ‘restaurant,’ however, you could make a very strong case that Geatz’s Restaurant in Cumberland, MD is in fact the oldest in this category.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Digital Library of Appalachia we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music by the Wheat Valley Bluegrass Band in a 1984 recording of the traditional tune Alabama Gals.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.