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Joan Vannorsdall

The Denise Giardina novel from the late ‘80s still rings true and strong. Read more

Country Roads

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Joan Vannorsdall

“A Moving River Experience” is what St. Paul, Virginia, promises visitors. That . . . and a whole lot more. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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Kentucky Dept. for Libraries & Archives

During the Depression, they delivered books and other reading materials in remote rural areas, to people with no other access to the world of reading. Read more

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The remote, tiny city of Blairsville, Georgia has found middle ground in the mountains. Yes, it’s a tourist mecca…but it’s also drawing new residents and businesses. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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Erik Larsen

Our columnist went to Landrum, in search of a small town on the rise in Upstate South Carolina. What she didn’t know was that she’d find four such towns in the Carolina Foothills. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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Joan Vannorsdall

This is a story about Story. It’s got unforgettable characters. A beautiful setting. A happy ending. And the promise of more to come. Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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Joan Vannorsdall

Two young PhDs in public history have come back to the mountains to make a difference. Read more

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Where Small Business is Big Business: An hour southwest of Asheville, two adjoining North Carolina towns have earned themselves a string of “firsts” and “onlys.” Read more

Our Blue Ridge Towns

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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

In September 1916, the eastern Tennessee town of Erwin earned a notoriety that would shadow it for a century, when a five-ton elephant was lynched in the railyard, suspended from a railroad derrick before a crowd hungry for her blood. Read more

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Twenty-two years after her first visit in 1995, our writer went to the Cumberland Gap to see what had changed…and what had stayed the same. Read more

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