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We open today’s show with guest author Lee Carpenter, editor of Foxfire News. “The bulk of the Foxfire Museum was collected and assembled between the early-1970s and the mid-1980s, with only a few select additions joining the facility since then,” Carpenter tells us. That has just changed, though. “The latest structure to be added to the Museum grounds,” he says, “is a spectacular local barn of a style not often seen in the north Georgia mountains.”
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.
Barns aren’t the only historical items being recovered and restored these days. In our next piece, Jody Shaw of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad takes us behind the scenes of that group’s efforts to refurbish a once famous Pullman car. “After 50 years nestled by a lake and far from the bustle of a main line railroad, Western Maryland Railway Office car No. 204 is coming home–literally, to the tracks it once regularly travelled. It is a remarkable story of chance preservation.”
We’ll wrap things up with Bryson City, NC storyteller Tim Hall. “Do you hear it?” he asks. “The plaintive sounds of the steam whistle caressing the senses. The iron horse throbbing on the ribbons of steel. The shovel scraping against the coal in the tender. The shouts of the engineer for more steam. Thus is the heritage of the Western North Carolina Railroad.”
And thanks to the good folks at the Internet Archive, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music from Eck Robertson in a 1929 recording of Great Big Taters.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.