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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Nov 14, 2020

Disputes in Appalachia between the well-to-do were often handled with the use of firearms with one of the most well-known people from the region, Andrew Jackson, being famous for his duels with rivals. 

And when it wasn't a formal duel, these folks would often shoot it out, much like in the Wild West.  Today we tell of...


Nov 30, 2019

It's Thanksgiving week and Rod and I are absent from the Stories podcast studios, doing family stuff.  But that doesn't mean you don't get a story, no sir, for we have an encore of our tale of the most well-known feud to happen in Appalachia, in one nearly hour long episode.  

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Sep 28, 2019

Feuds were fought across the mountains of Appalachia after the Civil War, as families competed for the newly developed timber and coal riches in the area.  One of the most well-known, outside the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud, was the one in eastern Kentucky between the Martins and the Tollivers, better known as the...


Jul 22, 2017

Colonel John Dils, Jr., was a Pike County, Kentucky, businessman, Union soldier during the Civil War, abolitionist, and the founder of a family cemetery in Pikeville that’s now on the National Register of Historic Places. Today Steve and Rod tell his story. You can subscribe to the podcast if you’re so inclined at...


Mar 25, 2017

Hello podcast fans! For the next several weeks Rod and I are going to be telling the story of the Hatfield and McCoy feud. This bit of Appalachian history is probably the most widely known, and the most controversial. Newspaper stories about the conflict planted the seeds of the ignorant, violent, uneducated Appalachian...