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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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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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