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Stories-A History of Appalachia

May 7, 2022

In 1788 the fate of the State of Franklin was uncertain.  North Carolina had re-exerted control over the area, appointing judges, sheriffs and other state and county officials, and residents of the area were divided between supporters of Franklin and supporters of North Carolina.

Everything came to a head early in 1788...


Mar 12, 2022

In the area of Bland and Tazewell Counties in Virginia in the late 1780's a pregnant young woman and her child were captured by a band of renegade Indians consisting of two Cherokee, three Shawnee, three Wyandots and three Delaware.  After a year as their slave, this woman managed to escape and make it back through...


Feb 5, 2022

Who were the men who moved into what’s now East Tennessee, establishing the first local governments there, such as the Watauga Association in 1772 and the State of Franklin in 1784?

Many of them came from a movement that had been quashed in North Carolina by the Royal Governor in a battle that’s still remembered and...


Jan 15, 2022

After the end of the Revolutionary War the land north and west of the Ohio River was organized by Congress into the Northwest Territory.  Soon settlers began to move into the eastern part of the territory (the future state of Ohio) and form new towns, including Marietta, at the junction of the Muskingum and...


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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