Mountain Curios


Photo courtesy the Douglas Bast Collection.

Many believed in the magic of Wizard Zittle to cure their ills and change their fortune. His own fortune changed after he broke the magicians’ code. more



Photo by Joe Tennis

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway survived war, the depression, changing extraction goals and much more. Now it has a new life. more


Success does have many fathers, but as many as 17 candidates for the presidential paternity? more


The Big Smoky Mountain Light Show in late May / early June is a sight to behold. more


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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Mother Goose Inn

It has a head, a tail, a nest and more, and it recently became an inn as well. more

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Frog Level

Jo Tennis

How would a town ever get that name? And why would people still be working hard to preserve its signature building? more

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Llamas as Golf Caddies

photo courtesy sherwood forest golf club

Big black eyes… long eyelashes… six feet tall… banana-shaped ears… weighs 375 pounds. Yes, that golf caddy isn't a young man – it's a llama. more

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Franklin's Lost Cabin

Joe Tennis

Across east Tennessee, a mystique remains when it comes to Franklin – the ill-fated “lost state” named for Benjamin Franklin. more

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