Books Published by Wise County Historical Society

Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton- 1856-1993 Volume 1 – SOLD OUT

Wise County Historical Society’s First Publication.

515 Pages, including index.

  • Contents:
  • The Wise County Historical Society
  • Formation of Wise County
  • Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War
  • Wise County “Technical School, Lonesome Pine Airport
  • D.A.R, Order of Eastern Star, Wise Co. Shrine Club,  Wise Co. Photographers and Jesse Stuart.
  • Towns and Communities
  • Family Histories, Tributes, Memorials, Businesses
  • Frontier Forts, Family Record, Family Tree

Wise County Virginia’s World War II Veterans: A Tribute –  SOLD OUT

A Collector’s Item. This book is a wonderful tribute to our World War II Veterans. This is not only a record of our military veterans, but is a book of the history of that terrible war, as well as family history. For anyone researching families in Wise County and some in Dickenson County, this is a good source of information. Very interesting and intriguing stories as told by the veterans themselves and their families. Some of the sources used: Discharges, and stories submitted by the veterans and their families. This book was submitted to Tom Brokaw of NBC news during his series of broadcasts of WWII Veterans. It has been placed in the Library of Congress and the Virginia State Library, among others. 6000 Individuals, 3,000 Photos, 9 1/2 x 12 , 929 pages, hard cover.


The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton, Volume II

If you liked The Heritage of Wise County and The City of Norton, Volume I, You will LOVE Volume II. More History, more photos, more folklore, full of surprises! This book is a MUST for Wise County researchers, or if you have ties with Wise County whatsoever. It will intrigue you with its many stories of Wise County’s early days, its towns, communities and people who made it all happen. 1133 pages, $65.00 plus $7.00 postage.


Between Brothers – Edited by Rhonda Robertson and Lillian Gobble

Soldiers of the Civil War in Wise and surrounding counties in Southwest Virginia.

A beautiful book about the Civil War Soldiers who were from Wise and Dickenson Counties in Virginia.  490 pages, 8 x 11, soft-bound. Many pictures of the soldiers, military records, and other information. Price: $35.oo plus tax and S&H.


Wise County’s Apple Blossoms of Yesteryear – By Denver Osborne and the Apple Book Committee.

This beautiful book brings back the nostalgic days of Apple growing in Wise County, the people who owned Apple orchards and worked in them or the visitors who passed by and smelled the fragrant blossoms. Beautifully illustrated, 214 pages, hardback. stories, recipes, data, gorgeous dust jacket showing apple blossoms from one of Wise County’s Orchards. As one book reviewer exclaims, “So real you can smell the blossoms!” $20.00 plus postage.



A Calendar of Events for 1996.

Events that took place in and around Wise County.


WWII Calendar. Pictures and events that took place during WWII.


150 Years in Wise County Virginia -1856-2006

In Commemoration of the 150th year of Wise County.

Sesquicentennial,  1856-2006

The Appalachian Volume 14 No. 2 – October 2009

From the Desk of the Editor

It is with much sadness that we submit this (last) issue of the Appalachian; and a profound sense of pride in what The Appalachian and the Appalachian Quarterly has accomplished.
It began as a composite of historical events, people, places in five states; Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. We believe that we have achieved our goal of projecting a positive image of people and places in the Appalachian mountains. The heritage that has been handed down to the present generation is a great one and one for all of us to be proud of.

Special Focus

Ralph Stanley-VA Legend

Dr. Ralph M.Stanley

From the Desk of the Editor

It is with much sadness that we submit this (last) issue of the Appalachian; and a profound sense of pride in what The Appalachian and  the Appalachian Quarterly has accomplished.

It began as a composite of historical events, people, places in five states; Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.  We believe that we have achieved our goal of projecting a positive image of people and places in the Appalachian mountains.  The heritage that has been handed down to the present generation is a great one and one for all of us to be proud of.

We, at the Wise County Historical Society, have tried to, through this magazine, be able to elevate the stero typical ‘mountain person’ image, and preserve our heritage and history of the Appalachian Mountains.

Our first efforts passed ‘muster,’ however, over the fourteen years that we have worked on The Appalachian Quarterly and then The Appalachian, we have learned that LOTS of people were willing to help us along the way. We have found people who we thought were strangers,were not strangers, but friends we had yet to meet.

All in all, in looking at our first efforts, and then looking at the April 2009 issue of The Appalachian, we really had a lot to learn, and learn it we did. It is really amazing how well tht first effort looked, even though we didn’t know ANYTHING about publishing a magazine. Ben and Deborah Rose  and Jennifer Rose set us on the right path when they guided us in those first issues.  We want to give special thanks to Wanda Manicure and Mildred Hughes for their help with distribution. We are proud of the finished product-The Appalachian Quarterly – The Appalachian.

Historical Human Interest Stories

Blueberries and Snakes

The Bell Witch

Americans with Grit-Grandpa

The Breakup of a Family

The Journey Home

Jones Brothers at War

No Such Thing as Boredom

The Christmas Ring

Natures Gifts

Whiskey

A Tribute to Early American Mothers

Porter Violin Returns to VA


The Appalachian Volume 13 No. 3

Of all the books published by the Wise County Historical Society, “Between Brothers,” the biographic history of the Civil War soldiers from Wise and Dickenson Counties, Va., was instrumental in preserving not only their service records, but their photos as well. All counties in the U.S. should produce Civil War Biographical histories before all the stories and photos are gone.

The Appalachian Volume 13 No. 3 – October 2008

Dunkard Church, Antietam

  • Special Focus: The Dunkards
  • A Glimpse of Mary Jenison
  • Old Things considered
  • Children Made Their Own Fun
  • Quantrill’s Bones
  • Abraham Childers
  • Down By the Riverside
  • Esther Clark Short






From the Desk of the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our subscribers who responded so positively about our decision to reduce to two issues per year (April and October) rather than cease publication of the magazine.  It was a hard decision to make, but unfortunately a necessary one.  So, this issue is the last issue of 2008.

We have also received responses from our subscribers with stories they have written and submitted.  Jett Croy has shared a photo of her Civil War Grandfather and we would like to encourage all our readers to share the history of their ancestors, along with photos.

Of all the books published by the Wise County Historical Society, “Between Brothers,” the biographic history of the Civil War soldiers from Wise and Dickenson Counties, Va., was instrumental in preserving not only their service records, but their photos as well.  All counties in the U.S. should produce Civil War Biographical histories before all the stories and photos are gone.

We hope you enjoy this magazine as much as we have enjoyed preparing this issue.  Merry Christmas and We’ll see you next year.

Appalachian Quarterly Vol 1 Number 1

We have this issue Applachian Quarterly Volume 1, Number 1 in pdf digital files. The CD’s can be purchased for $18.00 which consists of 4 magazines.

Appalachian Quarterly Volume 1, Number 1

Appalachian Quarterly Volume 1, Number 1.  Premier Issue

Special Focus: Saltville, VA

Editorial: By Rhonda Robertson

Welcome to THE APPALACHIAN QUARTERLY!

This first issue is one of auspicious beginnings and with each issue we will continue to grow and change and provide you with information, hisory, records and genealogy. We welcome comments and suggestions. Our ongoing columns will be:

  • Comuputer Corner
  • Soldiers
  • Aging Gracefully in Appalachia

Table of Contents:

  • Saltville, VA
  • History of Middlesboro
  • Mt. Paran Church
  • Biltmore Village
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation
  • Jackson County Library
  • The Carson House
  • Tazewlll, Tn. Baptist Church
  • Greenville
  • Too-An-Tuh, the Naturalist
  • Tipton Haynes
  • Michie Tavern
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Fields Penn 1860 House
  • Wise County Library
  • Little Stone Gap Primitive Baptist Church
  • Wise Co. Apple Harvest
  • Coal Heritage Trail
  • Bramwell
  • Dian-Lee House
  • Bluefield, VA – WV

Regular Features:

  • Bookshelf
  • Editorial
  • Calendar of Events
  • Computer Corner



Appalachian Quarterly Magazine

It is with much sadness that we had to submit our last issue of THE APPALACHIAN in October of 2009 due to circumstances beyond our control. However we are proud to offer all issues on portable digital file format-pdf. These files are available for purchase on cds. Each year’s cd will retail at $18.00 plus tax and shipping.


The Wise County Historical Society

Presents Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian

ALL 52 issues of  The Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian Is in portable digital file format- .pdf.

These files are available for purchase on cds. Each year’s cd will retail at $12.00 plus tax and shipping.

$150.00 plus $10.00 Shipping & VA tax for the whole set.

Appalachian Quarterly

1996 – 3 issues, 1997 – 4 issues,  1998 – 4 issues,  1999 – 4 issues, 2000 – 4 issues,  2001 – 4 issues,  2002 – 4 issues,  2003 – 4 issues,  2004 – 4 issues,  2005 – 4 issues,  2006 – 4 issues,  2007 – 4 issues,  2008 –  3 issues,  2009 – 2 issues, April and October.

The Appalachian Quarterly and The Appalachian feature stories of the heritage and history of the Appalachian sections of the states of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia. Stories such as the lineage of families of Daugherty, Wood, Lane, Porter, Lawson,  and many, many more.

Questions? Contact: awshucks35@yahoo.com, Wanda Rose: Subscription and Orders at  wandaatwise@yahoo.com or 276-328-6569, or fannie_steele@comcast.net

Send orders to:

Wise County Historical Society
P. O. Box 368, Wise, VA 24293

Rhonda S. Robertson

EDITOR

COVERING THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

KENTUCKY, NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE,
VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA

112 page magazine of genealogy and history, published by The Wise County Historical Society See Order Form & Postage Chart

The Wise County Historical Society
P. O. Box 368 – Wise, VA 24293
Email: wchs_133@yahoo.com

Ganell Marshall

LAYOUT and SETUP and Co Editor

Contains: Family and Area HistoryRegular Features From the Hills of Appalachia Reaching Out Children of the Appalachians Regular Features Special Focus Melungeon On The Bookshelf

Wanda May Rose

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Wanda proof reads the magazine, prepares it for mailing and mails it with help from her husband Stuart, volunteers Bill Porter, Mildred Hughes and Wanda Manicure, who helps package  the magazine for mailing and Bill Gobble who keeps a database of names and addresses of subscribers to the magazine  There are  many elements of preparing the magazine for shipment.


Fannie Lane Steele

BOOK-REVIEWS      Fannie-Steele 

On The Bookshelf: What’s new in book releases,  Articles on people, music, food, flora & fauna, culture, folklore, military and much more… anything pertaining to that which is uniquely Appalachian.

Nancy Clark Brown Hayes

SPECIAL FOCUS EDITOR

Special Focus: highlighting *Appalachian legends & mysteries, Ghost Towns, Historic towns, Counties, Treasure stories, etc. * Special Features: Soldiers, women in history, recipes, Native Americans, archaeology sites, etc.