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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. Read 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. Read more

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Casting a spell.

Su Clauson

Beech Mountain Native Says it "Comes Natural" Read more

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

In late August, 1969, Hurricane Camille produced a once-in-10,000-years inland storm with the strength of a 40,000-megaton nuclear bomb that nearly destroyed Nelson County, Va. Read more

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The Raggedys live on.

Audrey Frank

Alive and Well In The Deep Deep Woods. Read more

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

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

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

I am sure that many intelligent readers of feud books wonder, as I did for several decades, why people believe the cartoonish feud yarns. Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

You may have heard this story in its more popular version, which has turtles instead of rocks, but the earliest version discovered (1838) goes like this... Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

As this series is proving, much of the feud story is illogical, impossible or downright ludicrous. A surprising amount of it is also in clear conflict with official public records. Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

From time to time someone will ask me, perhaps only half seriously, who won the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Given the way we think of feuds, as mighty struggles between two equal, or nearly equal, clans, it’s a legitimate question. So let’s have at it. Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

Many fables posing as “Feud history” begin with a few basic premises. Chief among these is the claim that the Tug Valley in the 1870’s-‘80’s was a lawless place. But court records for Pike and Logan Counties refute this contention entirely. Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited

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Elizabeth Hunter

The challenges facing the monarchs and the wild bees bring illumination and duty to protect what we put in peril. Read more

From the Farm

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Photos courtesy of Pike County KY Tourism Commission ("Devil Anse" Hatfield photo courtesy West Virginia State Archives)

A Tale of Two Tales: The Legend of Abner Vance Part 3 of 3. By Ryan Hardesty, Creator of “The Real Hatfield, Real McCoy, Real Feud, Real Matewan Facebook Group” Read more

Hatfields & McCoys, Revisited