Tag Archives: history of appalachia

The Jack Tales. Not just beanstalks.

ONE TIME away back years ago there was a boy named Jack. He and his folks lived off in the mountains somewhere and they were awful poor, just didn’t have a thing. Jack had two brothers, Will and Tom, and they are in some of the Jack Tales, but this one I’m fixin’ to tell […]

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Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered?

THE GREENVILLE [TN] DAILY NEWS – April 15, 1910 MYSTERY SHROUDS THE KILLING OF BEN ALLEN. Did Mill man commit suicide or was he Murdered? MAN ARRESTED AND NOW IN JAIL. J.C. Lindley, who boarded at dead man’s home, 204 Hammett Street, Poe Mill, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff John Hunsinger and will be held […]

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Coffee, Coal, and the Cerulean Warbler

Until the middle of the 20th century ‘Dendroica cerulea’ was common throughout much of eastern North America, and was most abundant in the central Appalachian Mountains. But today the Cerulean is America’s fastest declining migratory songbird.

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The story told by an old account book

It is really surprising how much old account books can tell about people and the times. Changes in attitudes, customs, dress, and even the thinking of the people in a given community can be plainly detected and charted.

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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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