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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jun 6, 2017

Today we tell the story of Rotherwood Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee, a story of the frontier, of love, of loss, of ghosts and a surprising connection to someone you might have heard of. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play or on your favorite podcast app. We’re on Twitter...


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’...


Dec 13, 2016

In 1859, a solar storm stronger than any other in recorded history hit the earth, bringing the northern lights all the way down to Cuba and causing massive interference in telegraph lines throughout the world. Today, Steve and Rod tell the story of what’s become known as the Carrington Event, and what that meant for […]


Nov 1, 2016

On today’s encore episode of the podcast, Steve and Rod tell the story of a Washington County, Tennessee, farmer who left his farm to his slaves prior to the Civil War. As you can imagine, that decision didn’t set well with his children, who promptly contested the will in court, leading to a landmark Tennessee […]


Oct 25, 2016

On this podcast we have two native American stories for you. First, Steve tells the story of Penn’s Cave, in Pennsylvania, where tragedy befell a man who fell in love with a chief’s daughter. Then Rod shares the Cherokee tale of how Blowing Rock, North Carolina got its name. All on the way to Halloween, […]