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Joan Vannorsdall

"Everyone’s Hometown." That’s what you see on the welcome signs coming into Thomas, West Virginia, population 554. Is a hometown feel enough to grow a remote high-valley town surrounded by national forest? Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

With the region’s coal mining jobs largely gone, the east Kentucky town is at work on new ways of success. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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Chuck Almarez, Fire and Light Gallery

How does an out-of-the-way mountain town—pretty much left for dead a few decades back— make a comeback? It’s a long story that finally comes down to this: creativity and courage. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns