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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Feb 28, 2017

“Doc” Marshall Benton Taylor On this episode of the podcast, Steve and Rod tell a story of violence, murder, revenge and justice in Wise County, Virginia, in the 1890’s. It’s the story of Doc Taylor and Ira Mullins and how their hatred for each other led to a massacre in the Pound Gap between Virginia […]


Feb 25, 2017

A little change of pace on today’s podcast as Rod and Steve tell about the old Scots-Irish tradition of storytelling that was brought to the Appalachians by the first settlers. And they also take a stab at a little of that storytelling themselves by sharing a couple of Appalachian Jack tales with you. You can […]


Feb 21, 2017

If you think politics are nasty now, you should have lived in southern Appalachia in the middle of the nineteenth century. That’s where a Methodist circuit rider named Parson William Brownlow began his rise to political power as governor from his home in East Tennessee. Generally ranked dead-last on historians’...


Feb 18, 2017

Times were good in Saltville, Virginia, in 1924. It was Christmas Eve and people were wrapping up their shopping and getting ready for parties and family and gifts under the tree. Then disaster struck in the form of the collapse of a dam holding back millions of gallons of caustic muck. Today, Steve and Rod […]


Feb 14, 2017

In the sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors explored the Southern Appalachians, blazing trails for an expansion of the Spanish Empire. Captain Juan Pardo led one of these expeditions, which visited Western North Carolina, East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. On today’s podcast, Steve and Rod tell his story. You...