Joan Vannorsdall


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. 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. more


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. more