Yearly Archives: 2013

The Holly Tree (a 4th century Christmas tale)

It was about the third day on the road to Egypt, when trouble started. Joseph had stopped to rest Jack, who by the way, was grinning from ear to ear. Jack, the donkey, was seeing the world for the first time. Joseph climbed a large rock to look around the countryside. There was trouble coming […]

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Salt thus manufactured is of the purest quality, white and beautiful as the driven snow

Though few Civil War battles were fought there, Southwestern Virginia was critically important to the Confederacy. One reason was the salt works in Saltville, which provided the Confederacy’s main source of salt, used as a preservative for army rations. Two battles took place in an effort to control the works. In the first, on October […]

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We air now aiming to give a dumb show for to pleasure the Little Teacher

I thought no more of old time play acting in the mountain country till on Christmas Eve in 1930 some of the men and boys at Gander [KY] presented for me an old mummers’ play. Later two of the men gave me a fairly complete text for the play. …All of the contributors were old […]

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The name of George L. Carter became famous in all Virginia

Upon his father’s small farm [in Carroll County, VA], George L. Carter, the first of nine children, was born not long before the war; and though apparently physically unfitted to endure the labors of the field, he had the resolution of his father, and during the spring, summer and autumn worked on the farm, and […]

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Indian Trail Trees

Ever since the beginning of human existence trees have played an important role in the growing culture of man.  Primitive man used them in various ways as means of providing him not only with food, but also with shelter, protection and warmth. As man grew in intelligence, he found that trees could further be used […]

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