Yearly Archives: 2013

Norfolk Southern supports restoration of historic ‘611’ locomotive through sale of Rothko painting

“No. 611 is an American classic, a reflection of a time and a people who put the country on their backs and carried it into to the modern age of railroading,” Moorman said. “611 is not an NS, N&W, Virginia, or Roanoke locomotive. It belongs to everyone and every generation. In that spirit, and on behalf of NS employees everywhere, I announce our strong support for bringing back a true national marvel.”

“People from 15 countries have contributed their time and resources to bring back the Queen of Steam,” said Bev Fitzpatrick, executive director of 611’s owner, the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Va. “NS’ generous and timely support gives us the best opportunity to reach the $5 million needed to put this icon back on the rails and keep her moving for decades


The New Birth of Mount Tabor Church

Despite the log church’s significant, if uncertain, past, the present congregation of Mount Tabor feared their little log church might have an uncertain future. With the congregation dwindling in size and advancing in age, it became apparent to the church members that they were no longer able to care for and preserve the old church. As the building tottered on the edge of decay, the congregation of Mount Tabor United Methodist church decided to take action. They contacted the Frontier Culture Museum, located in nearby Staunton, Virginia.

The Frontier Culture Museum is an open-air museum whose mission is to chronicle the history of the settling of the Appalachian backcountry in the 18th century and to examine the antebellum American culture formed by the blending of these English, Germanic, northern Irish, and West African peoples.


The Cleudis Robbins Memorial Storytelling Contest 2013: A Good Story Takes Some Telling

On the day of the event, one thing was clear as the children told their tales: The Appalachian storytelling tradition is alive and well in Bell County, Kentucky. In fact, it is thriving! Stories were as diverse as spine-chilling ghost stories to modern day adventures, tales handed down through generations to new stories spawned for the coming ages. We were swept up in sad tales of miners lost in cave-ins, funny stories about adventures in the mountains and whimsical narratives about every day life in Appalachia.


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 Eva Nell Mull Wike. Dr. Wike’s first book, The Matheson Cove — In the […]


Johnny Mull, Fiddler of the Mountains

But Johnny did not limit his playing to Clay County and dances on Tusquittee. No Sir! When he was in his early twenties he took off to Canton, OH, and got a good paying job at Timken Roller Bearing Company. That was exactly what his older brother, Joseph David (1900-1992), had done when he was 22 years old. I always thought if my daddy, (Joseph) had not gone up to Canton to find work, Johnny might never have left the mountains. But you never know what life will hand out to you!

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