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A digital journal of Appalachia through blogging, photography & podcasts.


2020 Watch Night Service

2020 Watch Night Service at Long Point Missionary Baptist Church, Spencer Curve, McDowell County, West Virginia. December 31, 2019.

Boone Tavern

The historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant in Berea, Kentucky. Berea, Madison County, WV. September 20, 2019.

Welch Community Hospital

“Erected 1900, S.F. Morris Pres., L.E. Tierney Trea, H.D. Hatfield M.D., G.W. Dooley — C.S. Forsberg Sec., Yost & Packard Arc, W.L. Porter Buil.” Plaque on the side of Welch Old Miner’s Hospital Number 1. Now known as Welch Community Hospital. Welch, McDowell County, WV. August 21, 2019.

Romeo Insurance

An advertisement mural on the side of Romeo’s Nationwide Insurance in Princeton, Mercer County, WV. August 9, 2019


Ed Shepard’s Union 76 globe in downtown Welch, McDowell County, WV. June 10, 2019.

Side Door Hinton Train Depot

Side door of the historic Hinton Train Depot in Hinton, Summers County, WV. March 24, 2019.

Bluestone Lake

A beautiful view of Bluestone Lake and the New River. Hinton, Summers County, WV March 25, 2019

The Library

Mural Beside Princeton Library
Mural of library books beside Princeton Library in the Renaissance District, Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia. Princeton, Mercer County, WV. March 24, 2019.

Pray Hard

Pray hard
An awesome mural in a downtown Princeton alley. Pray Hard. Princeton, Mercer County, WV March 24, 2019

Masonic Globe

Globe inside an abandoned Masonic lodge. March 11, 2019.

Snowy Pine

A snow covered pine in the Diego winterstorm of December, 2018, in Pageton, McDowell County, WV. December 9, 2018.

Horsepen in the Fall

Horsepen Mountain, Tazewell County, Virginia, in the fall of 2018. November 1, 2018.

Pumpkin Patch

A large pumpkin patch near the historic Pisgah Methodist Church in Crab Orchard, Tazewell County, Virginia. October 29, 2018.

Ideal Barber Shop

The abandoned Ideal Barber Shop in Tazewell, Tazewell County, Virginia. September 22, 2018.

Cemetery Tree

A fungus covered tree in a cemetery in Bluefield, Tazewell County, Virginia. August 9, 2018.

“Going Home” Train Mural

Carswell Train Mural
“Going Home”. A small train mural painted on a large rock in the yard of a small house at the mouth of Carswell Holler. Carswell, McDowell County, WV July 31, 2018

Carswell Mining Complex

“Mining at Carswell, a mile north of Kimball, started in May 1914 and continued until the complex closed in 1965. The mines had a history of fatal accidents that resulted in the deaths of 65 men. Explosions at the Vivian (1916), Kimball (1919) & Carswell (1941) mines claimed 23 lives. The mine complex was later abandoned, but the site has been reclaimed.” My Granddad told me that during World War II, the Carswell tipple had a big billboard that read, “Heat hell hotter for Hitler with coal from Carswell Tipple”. Carswell, McDowell County, WV July 31, 2018.

GTE Phone Booth

A rare site of a GTE payphone booth. Kimball, McDowell County, WV. July 31, 2018.

Kimball Ruritan Caboose

The Kimball Ruritan Caboose. Kimball, McDowell County, WV July 31, 2018.

Miracle Mountain

Miracle mountain
A summer view of West Virginia’s beautiful skies and mountains. Miracle Mountain, McDowell County, WV July 12, 2018

Carved Cherokee

A carved statue outside of the Cherokee Indian Museum in Cherokee, Swain County, North Carolina.

The Cherokee Trader

The Cherokee Trader in Cherokee, Swain County, NC. June 3, 2018

Pink Motel

Pink Motel
The Pink Motel neon sign. The motel is just to the right of the sign. Cherokee, Swain County, NC June 3, 2018

Mingus Mill

Mingus Mill
The Mingus Mill is a working grist mill in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains. Cherokee, Swain County, NC June 3, 2018

LEGO Titanic

LEGO Titanic
A LEGO Titanic at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Sevier County, Tennessee. June 3, 2018

Skyrider Swings

The Skyrider Swings in Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Sevier County, Tennessee. June 2, 2018

Dixie Stampede

A show of patriotism at the Dixie Stampede. Pigeon Forge, Sevier County, Tennessee June 1, 2018

Pennington’s Market

Pennington’s Market. Only the sign remains. My Granddad took me here when I was a kid for pop, candy, and ice cream. Big Four, McDowell County, West Virginia May 30, 2018

Keystone Bank

“Time Tried-Panic Tested”. The First National Bank of Keystone. Survived the Great Depression. Failed in the fall of 1999. Keystone, McDowell County, WV May 30, 2018

Keystone Miner

“Keystone. Togetherness is the Key.” Keystone, McDowell County, WV May 30, 2018

Elizabeth Simpson Drewry

“First black woman elected to West Virginia legislature, 1950; retired in 1964. Leading advocate for labor and education; in 1955 she sponsored bill to allow women to serve on juries. Born 22 September 1893, she began teaching in 1910. Drewry served on Northfork City Council, and was associate chair of McDowell County Democratic Executive Committee. She died on 24 September 1979.” Northfork, McDowell County, West Virginia. May 30, 2018

Momma Bird

She made her nest in the porch roof of the church. Some say it’s a sign of good luck. Maybe it’s a sign from God. Spencer Curve, McDowell County, West Virginia May 30, 2018

Rooftop Car

Rooftop Car
“Cool Spot”. Dreams of yesterday. Bluefield, Mercer County, WV May 19, 2018

The Open Road

A pole mounted motorcycle that seems to be wishing for the open road just one more time. Bluefield, Mercer County, WV. May 19, 2018.

Spike’s Dog House

Spike’s Dog House Diner. Great food & service. Roderfield, McDowell County, WV May 10, 2018

The Ridge Runner

Riding the Ridge Runner Train in Bluefield City Park, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV. April 21, 2018

Pageton Snow Day

A snowy day in Pageton, McDowell County, WV. March 24, 2018.

Aerial of Anawalt Lake

Anawalt Lake Aerial
A bird’s eye view of Anawalt Lake, Anawalt, McDowell County, WV. March 11, 2018

Witten Farm View

A beautiful winter day at Witten Farm. Crab Orchard, Tazewell County, Virginia February 5, 2018

Big Crab Orchard

Big Crab Orchard or Witten’s Fort
“On the hillside to the south stood Big Crab Orchard Fort, also known as Witten’s Fort. Thomas Witten obtained land here in 1771 and built the fort as a neighborhood place of refuge. It was garrisoned in Dunmore’s War, 1774”. Crab Orchard, Tazewell County, Virginia February 5, 2018


February 17, 2020 “The Painted Cross” For several weeks, I drove by this painting.…

February 17, 2020 “The Painted Cross”

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February 17, 2020 “The Painted Cross” For several weeks, I drove by this painting. I would notice it especially when after it rained. The painter had used a glitter paint so that when the sun shone on it, you could see it glisten. Then, one day, I had to stop and snap a quick photo....

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December 31, 2019 On this eve, on this last night of the decade, in a little no place community, in a poor Appalachian county, 16 people met in an old fashioned, country church near the long flowing, Tug Fork Branch of the Big Sandy River. #tugforkbranch #church #newyearswatchservice #prayer #worship #AlmightyGod #WV #Appalachia #coal

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November 1, 2018. “Horsepen Mountain”. #horsepen #horsepenva #tazewellcounty #tazewellcountyva #appalachia #horses #autumn #trees #skyview

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Welch, McDowell County, WV

Foggy evening


Appalachia.  A region misunderstood by all foreigners outside her borders.  Frequently mispronounced as App-uh-lay-sha, App-uh-latch-a is a mountain range that covers 13 states.  West Virginia is the only state completely inside Appalachia.

Appalachians are immensely talented.

We are artists.  We can paint, draw or photograph a beautiful picture.  We are world class when it comes to glass art.  We can design coal miner statues out of coal.  We ARE artists.

We are musicians.  We can pick a guitar, a bass, a mandolin, a banjo or a fiddle.  We can rock a piano or play a pair of spoons..  We are familiar with woodwinds, brass, and percussion.  We can write and sing songs that will make your laugh or tear at your heart strings.  We ARE musicians.

We are writers.  We can spin a yarn that will keep you intrigued for hours.  Our stories are real, experience, hopes, wishes, dreams, memories.  We ARE writers.

We are doctors.  We can heal the members of the community or we know all there is to know about biology, plants, chemistry, and other specialties.  We ARE doctors.

We are lawyers.  We can defend members of the community or prosecute crimes for our counties.  We are knowledgeable in the art of malpractice, class actions, drug crimes, robberies, and murder.  We ARE lawyers.

We are members of NASA.  We are meteorologists, engineers, mathematicians, rocket scientists.  We are professionals in the exploration of this unknown territory of space.  We ARE NASA.

We are coal miners.  We crawl in deep dark holes to mine coal to provide electricity and steel.  We can mine coal while surviving the revenge of the mountain with a hole in her side.  We can mine coal by reconstructing the mountain tops for retail and resettlements out of flood zones.  We ARE coal miners.

We are veterans and patriots.  We love our flag and our country.   We are ARMY, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and National Guard.  We are loyal.  We are brave.  We have the longest running Veteran’s Day Parade in the United States.  We stand for the flag and the anthem.  We ARE veterans and patriots.

We are mountaineers.  We are hunters, fishermen, herbalists, and pathfinders.  We know our mountains, waters, plants and secret ways.  We ARE mountaineers.

We are all these and more.  We are more than one of these at once.

We are different.  Yet, that doesn’t make us less.

We ARE Appalachia (App-uh-latch-a).

This is ONE journal from only ONE artist, ONE writer, ONE musician, ONE patriot, ONE mountaineer, ONE Appalachian — all in ONE.

Clay’s Smokehouse, Oak Hill, Fayette County, WV


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