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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jul 25, 2020

In the 1860s a Cherokee witch doctor arrived in Bristol, Virginia, to assist in the local Confederate hospital with her salves and potions.  After the war she invested her meager savings into a building on State Street, from which she operated what became Bristol's largest brothel, the Black Shawl.  

Today we tell her...


Jul 18, 2020

Back in the 1800's a preacher named Abijah Alley from Scott County, Virginia, made a name for himself when he began traveling around the world.  He also was a bit of a prophet, as he foretold the Civil War, emancipation and the defeat of the South.  

Today we tell his story.

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Jul 11, 2020

You've probably seen the movie "Thelma and Louise," about two housewives who hit the road for a bit of adventure that eventually goes wrong.  Today we're going to tell you a story about a real life pair of Tennessee housewives whose adventures on the road lead to murder in the 1930's.

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Jul 4, 2020

From Kona, in Letcher County, Kentucky, came one of the tallest men in the world, a true giant. Martin Van Buren Bates traveled the world as a circus performer, which allowed him to meet the love of his life, Anna Swan, one of the tallest women in the world.  Together, they still hold the Guinness record as the...