Tag Archives: history of appalachia

Halloween’s coming! Time for an Appalachian Ghost Story

Between Ohiopyle and Dunbar, PA in Fayette County is a belt of brooding rock-crested ridges, tumbling streams, and abandoned hill farms known to local folks as the Dunbar Mountains.   In earlier times the rugged land demanded rugged inhabitants, an independent lot who could carve out a life where more timid souls would scarcely visit. […]


Eerie Night In A Haunted House

Reprinted from Kingsport Times News January 23, 1966 by James M. Evans, United Press International   HILTONS, VA – It’s likely that most folks at one time or another have wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a haunted house. It’s also likely that a good number of them have taken […]


These mountain people are Americans — Americans in descent and sentiment

“Our study of the situation at Rabun Gap [GA] gives us the keenest interest in Mr. Ritchie, principal of the Rabun Gap Industrial School, himself a mountain boy and struggling to place the school on a firm financial basis,” report the United Daughters of the Confederacy to members in their 1908 Minutes of the Annual […]


Away back in the early days they had disagreed

“This valley is perhaps 3 miles long and a mile wide and is one of the prettiest and most tranquil in all Ohio. It was settled by men and women of a rather serious turn of mind and given largely to moral and religious work. In all the settlement there never were more than 2 […]


The boyhood attraction was there for a higher life

His beginnings were humble; he was born the son of an immigrant Scottish coal miner in the company town of Lonaconing, MD. But John Gardner Murray (1857-1929) rose to the heights of the Episcopal Church on the national level, becoming the first elected Presiding Bishop in 1926. Until the church began electing a Presiding Bishop […]

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