Many pages of history have been recorded from old epitaphs of tombstones which frequently reveal not only a person’s death but how and whether the end was peaceful. Some inscriptions often comment on the deceased’s virtues, or lack thereof, of local natives in the community. When foul play is involved, the victim’s tombstone may name the murderer and calls on the passerby to associate that name with the viciousness that resulted in a person’s death.Continue reading “The Slanderous Tombstone That Changed A North Carolina Law”
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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.
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.Continue reading “Sitting Up with the Dead: Lost Appalachian Burial Customs”