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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


A Tribute to Early American Mothers

Porter Violin Returns to VA


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