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We open today’s show with guest author Thomas D. Perry. After attending Virginia Tech and studying under historian James I. Robertson, Jr., Perry started the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace, a non-profit organization that has preserved 75 acres of Stuart’s Birthplace, the Laurel Hill Farm. We’re pleased to present this excerpt from his recently published The Dear Old Hills of Patrick — J.E.B. Stuart and Patrick County, Virginia.
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.
If you’ve never heard the fantastical stories of the snipe, the belled buzzard, or the hoop snake, you’ll want to step into the world Gary Carden has gathered up in his newly published book Appalachian Bestiary. The NC author, educator, and playwright spent 15 years collecting his menagerie of critters from a broad swath of folklore sources. We’ll take a closer look in this review.
We’ll wrap things up with a conversation with WV producer Catherine Venable Moore of Beauty Mountain Studio. Backed by major funding from the WV Humanities Council and the sponsorship of Pocahontas Communications Cooperative, Moore has just spent a year talking to the women of Cedar Grove, WV about their memories and experiences. She is currently in the process of editing and mixing her interviews into an hour-long radio documentary that will explore WV writer Mary Lee Settle’s ancestral homeland as presented in her autobiography Addie, and as it is today.
And, thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from “Uncle” A.C. “Eck” Robertson in a 1922 recording of Ragtime Annie.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.