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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Aug 21, 2021

In 1945 a preacher was arrested and charged in his wife's death...by snakebite.

Seems he had been holding a service near Norton, Virginia, in which a large poisonous snake had been placed in his hand, and his wife had been bitten when she reached over to pat the creature's head.

Today we tell the story of a death in a...


Oct 17, 2020

In 1784 a child was born on the Appalachian frontier, along the Holston River, in what was then the state of Franklin.  This child would grow up to become a preacher, a leader in the Restoration Movement and would help in the founding of the Disciples of Christ. 

Today we tell the story of Raccoon John Smith.

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Aug 22, 2020

Today we tell the story of the camp meeting to end all camp meetings, the one that helped to spark the Second Great Awakening.

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May 2, 2020

In 1937 a devout Christian man in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, was instructed by the Lord to begin a fast.  He did as he was told and at the same time attracted the attention of a nation in the grip of the Great Depression.  Today we tell his story.

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Aug 10, 2019

Today we tell the story of Robert Sheffey, one of Southwest Virginia's most well-known circuit riders.  These preachers traveled from one community to the next, bringing the word of God to those who would accept it.  There was one town, however, that never accepted Preacher Sheffey's efforts to save it, no matter how...