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Stories-A History of Appalachia

Sep 25, 2021

Today we tell a story that's a little bit history and a little bit folklore about a legend in eastern Kentucky named Moses Stepp, supposedly the oldest man to have ever lived in the state.

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Nov 21, 2020

At one time it was a common sight to see a traveling group of Roma, known then as gypsies, come through Appalachia. Folks would barter with them for livestock, utensils and services.

Along with the Roma, the Irish travellers were also present, providing stories and repairs for the locals they met. Today we tell their...

Apr 14, 2018

Nowadays Cade's Cove is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  But before the park came into existence in 1934 it was a vibrant Appalachian community, with churches, schools, farms and, of course, moonshiners.

Today we tell the story of a run-in between a Primitive...

Apr 18, 2017

A few weeks ago, our own Rod Mullins made an appearance before the Wise County Historical Society in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, where he shared the story of his own ancestor, Brandy Jack Mullins. Mullins was a colorful character, involved in counterfeiting, moonshining and other activities, many of which Rod shared with...

May 3, 2016

Starting in the mid-19th century, just before the Civil War, there were several Tennessee court cases that helped define the role of the mysterious people known as “Melungeons” in Appalachian society. On this episode, Rod and Steve tell the story of those cases as well as the history, as best it can be determined,...