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They watched a house float down the river with a rooster on the rooftop

Big Emory – our river used for swimming, providing water for a multitude of steam engines, used as the source of ground water for the drilled wells for the homes and businesses. Emory was truly our lifeline. Ordinarily, she calmly flowed down past everything, often hitting shoals that made cascading ripples as she danced merrily […]

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There is no reason why Tonoloway Ridge should not be known as an Apple Section

“Hancock and its surrounding area during the main span of the 20th century was one of the largest fruit producers in the nation,” begins the Maryland Historical Marker along West Main Street in that same town. “In 1886 Edmund Pendleton Cohill (1855-1943) began the cultivation of fruit crops. Over the years his planted acreage increased, […]

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North Carolina politician gives us the word ‘debunk’

The North Carolina historical marker skirts the issue diplomatically: there’s much more to the story of how Felix Walker ‘gave new meaning to the word’ than the sign is letting on. The verb debunk means to expose or ridicule the falseness or hollowness of a myth, idea or belief. It is made up of the […]

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I Want to go Back

“I would like to go back and carry a few lap-links in my pocket, just in case the hoss busts a trace chain. I want to tie the rawhide ham-string once more and adjust the back-band til it is just behind the hoss’s withers. I want to tie my shoes again with laces made of […]

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It was the finest house we’d ever seen

HOME The tall, white house on the high green hill, looking down on the sleepy little town, was the home of my childhood, home of my heart, still, though I’ve lived and roamed the world around. At first it was a dream in my father’s heart, who wanted the best for his own, the house […]

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