Tag: appalachia

Folklife: Creasy Greens and Leather Britches


The time-honored saying of “Kissing don’t last, cookery do!” seems to characterize our memories of the old ways of cooking in the South and Appalachia. 

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Folklife: The Vanishing Grave Houses of Appalachia

The cover photo shows the family of William and Nancy Agee.  The photo was taken in 1915 and currently hangs inside the grave house.  The couple had two sons that died at a young age.  One child was stillborn and the other son, Guffrey, died in 1914 at the age of two years old.

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A Dog’s Life: How a Beloved Stray Changed a Small Appalachian Town

Rockford, Alabama is a small quiet rural Appalachian town with a population of about 450.  This quaint Coosa County town has one red light and one police officer because according to the locals, that’s all they need.

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The Great Wagon Road: America’s First Interstate Highway Disappears

Daniel Boone declared, “The history of the western country has been my history.”  And for many native Appalachians and Southerners of Scotch-Irish, German-English descent, The Great Wagon Road is part of their family history–whether they’re aware of it or not.

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Granny’s Wisdom: The Magic of Wild Medicine

The Southern Highlands of North Carolina is part of the Appalachian chain that extends from Georgia all the way up into Virginia.  Europeans moved to this area during the late 1600’s with the Scotch-Irish and Germans traveling from the northern states down the Great Wagon Road.

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Folklife: The Lost Tradition of Lye Soap and Hog Killin’ Day


The older I get the more I tend to reminisce and revive old childhood memories.  With the first frost announcing winter’s arrival, comes football, hot grits for breakfast and bringing out the long underwear.

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Sitting Up with the Dead: Lost Appalachian Burial Customs


From the peaks of the Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains to the river valleys of the French Broad and Catawba, North Carolina has a long history that is steeped in rich Appalachian traditions.  Despite the Hollywood “hillbilly” stereotype, Appalachians carry a sense of pride for their culture, language, and heritage.

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