Storytelling has been a long-standing deep-rooted tradition with Appalachian families. The pioneers of Appalachia developed an elaborate structure of folklore combined with various tales that were passed on orally from one generation to the next. These oral histories were told to ensure the preservation of their community.Continue reading “Folklife: The Ghostly Legend of Wicked John and the Devil”
Continue reading “Appalachian Folklife: The Mysterious Vampire of Big Stone Gap”
From Jack Tales to spooky stories, Wise County, Virginia is riddled with history and folklore from the early days of the pioneers through the coal boom after the Civil War. The culmination of traditional folktales in Appalachia is the very thread that connects family roots.
The legend of Phoebe Ward, the hag witch of Northampton County, North Carolina, became widely known when her story was brought to the big stage in Elizabeth A. Lay’s folk superstition drama When Witches Ride. This native folk play was one of the first productions presented by the Carolina Playmakers in 1922.Continue reading “Phoebe Ward: The Mysterious Hag Witch of Northampton County”