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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Jun 12, 2021

During the French Revolution a French baron attempted to establish a colony of Frenchmen in Appalachia, at present-day St. Paul, Virginia.  Today we tell you that story.

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Apr 10, 2021

After the French and Indian War the governor of Virginia awarded veterans land in the western part of the state in payment for their service to king and colony.  Among those vets receiving land was George Washington, who decided to set up a colony of settlers in what's now West Virginia.  Today we tell the story of...

Feb 8, 2020

One of the most well-known Cherokee on the Appalachian frontier was Nancy Ward.  Today we tell the story of the Cherokee "beloved woman."

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Aug 3, 2019

The Appalachian frontier of the 1780's and 1790's was a dress rehearsal for the Wild West of the 1870's and 1880's, with the establishment of new towns, new farms, and wars with the Native Americans who were already there.  Today we tell the story of the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots trader who became a legendary...

Jun 15, 2019

This week we bring you an encore presentation from 2015, the story of the last Native American raid on the settlements of Southwest Virginia by Chief Benge, the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scots-Irish trader named John Benge.  

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