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Helen and Julia Smith

Joseph Mackereth

Helen and Julia Smith spent a quarter century documenting the wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway on slides and in notebooks, eventually influencing the Parkway to change its mowing practices to preserve the blooms. more

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Tennessee 52 negotiates the humps and dips of the Cumberland Plateau amid rural scenes-horses loosed in pastures, homes with manicured lawns in front and corn fields out back, ragged groves of plantation pines. more

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Casting a spell.

Su Clauson

Beech Mountain Native Says it "Comes Natural" more

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U.S. 29 near Woods Mill.

Courtesy Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Lynchburg District.

Hurricane Camille Rained So Hard On Nelson County, Va. That You Couldn't Breathe more

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The Raggedys live on.

Audrey Frank

Alive and Well In The Deep Deep Woods. more

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It's Not Just Their Subjects That Are The Stuff Of Miracles more

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Courtesy of Steve Brooks, Maxine Kenny

What if every county in the Blue Ridge region were home to at least one 500-year forest? The foundation carrying that name has already helped several property owners toward taking part in that effort. The result could be magnificent. more

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Janette Carter Extends A 60-Year Tradition That Began With The Birth Of Country Music more

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Randy Johnson

The Southern Appalachian regions of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia contain about 2,500 acres of "balds"-high, open meadows along the ridges of mountain peaks. How they got there and how to keep them there have become hot topics. more

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The beginnings of a beautiful park.

Photo Courtesy of the Blue Ridge Parkway

A look at the original Blue Ridge Parkway landscape architect, Stanley Abbott. more

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Cherokee maidens in search of fallen warriors? The souls of a slain mother and child? A war hero in search of his family? Let's go find out. more

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The most-photographed spot along the 470 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway was nearly lost before the roadway was built. And then again even after it was decided to save it. Old Ed Mabry would sure stand proud at what's happened to his mill. more

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In 1916 World War I raged in Europe. Dadaism, ripe with comic derision and irrationality, took hold in artistic circles. Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic. It was a good year for scapegoats. It was a good year to hang an elephant. more

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Roseanna McCoy

Pike County KY Tourism Commission

Roseanna McCoy's tale is a classic story of a girl who loved too much. Little did she know how completely her happiness was doomed. Nor that she would become fuel in America's most famous, brutal feud. more

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The initial goal was to return the little deer as soon as possible to the wild. But the deer, and the couple it adopted, did not seem to want that to occur... more

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Pat and Chuck Blackley

40 Reasons We Love the Blue Ridge Region more

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Courtesy Gary Powers Jr / Cold War Museum

Summer, 1943 Princeton, W.Va. "I left my heart up there, Pap, and I'm goin' back to get it," 14-year-old Francis Gary Powers told his father, Oliver, after his first plane ride - in a Piper Cub... more

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More than 100 years ago, this razor-beaked, lethal-clawed, high-screech creature roamed the western Maryland mountains. Or did it? more

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Estonoa Wetland

Denise J. Mathews

A one-acre lake that had been tended to for more than a decade by a group of Virginia high school students was about to lose its caretakers when their school fell victim to consolidation. more

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Circular barns, popular a century ago for their efficiencies of materials, labor and use, have largely left the landscape. One, in the foothills of Virginia, has recently been re-upped for the next 100 years. more

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