Tag Archives: appalachia

She came rollin’ down the mountain

Some know the song as “Nancy Brown,” others as “The West Virginia Hills,” but according to The Frank Gullo Music Sheet (sic) Collection at Millersville University, “She Came Rollin’ Down the Mountain” was written by Arthur Lippmann, Manning Sherwin, and Harry Richman and published by Crawford Music Corporation in 1932.   The ditty tells the […]

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Horace Kephart, champion of the Smokies

On April 2, 1931 Horace Kephart was killed in an automobile accident near Ela, NC along with fellow author Fiswoode Tarelton. Kephart (1862-1931) was a travel writer and librarian who published hundreds of articles during his lifetime, but became especially renowned for his classic works ‘Our Southern Highlanders’ and ‘Camping and Woodcraft.’ In one of […]

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The Meaders family of White County GA keeps pottery traditions alive

The Meaders family of potters is probably the most influential family in the history of Southern Appalachian folk pottery. The White County, GA family was featured in Allen Eaton’s 1937 book, Handicrafts of the Southern Highlands, and was honored with a special event at the Library of Congress in 1978, when the Smithsonian Institution’s documentary […]

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Mrs. Hannah would have to leave the Cuban orphan girl behind

Romance of the War. Cuban Girl Who Was Brought to Tennessee by Gen. Harvey Hannah’s Mother. The Rockwood Times, Rockwood, TN Thursday, 13 Sep 1906, Vol. XXVI, No. 34. The steamer Whitney left Havana harbor April 6, 1899, for Tampa, FL. The boat was advertised to leave to 12 p.m., but did not leave until […]

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