Tag Archives: appalachia

They would work up the apples the next day

“Pa bought a mountain farm of about eighty acres that was located about five miles up Coon Creek from where the state road went from Pikeville, Kentucky to Williamson, W. Va. This farm had a framed four-room house on it, but Pa was never satisfied with it, as it was all hillside except maybe two […]


She had one husband, four children, and four legs

Myrtle Corbin was known far and wide in the late nineteenth century as the Four-Legged Woman. While at a glance one could plainly see four legs dangling beyond the hem of her dress – only one pair belonged to her, the other set to her dipygus twin sister. Born in Lincoln County, TN in 1868, […]


For no reason he knew of he was coming alive with the garden

But, strange as it seemed to him, there were minutes — sometimes half-hours — when, without his knowing why, the black burden seemed to lift itself again and he knew he was a living man and not a dead one. Slowly — slowly — for no reason that he knew of — he was “coming […]


Company Store Scrip

You load sixteen tons, what do you get Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go I owe my soul to the company store ‘Sixteen Tons’ Tennessee Ernie Ford Until the late 1950’s, when changes in federal and state laws, along with changing economic realities doomed […]


The real Johnny Appleseed

No more important fruit tree graces the homesteads, farms, and backyards of Appalachia than the apple. When early settlers headed west from the eastern seaboard, they took apple seeds because they didn’t weigh too much or take up too much space. And no figure from American folklore personifies the spread of the apple into the […]

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