appalachian appreciation


Women of These Hills - 3 Cultures of Appalachia - 2000

This short documentary allows three women of different Appalachian cultures (of Cherokee, Scots-Irish, and African-American descent) to tell their stories of life in the mountains before and after the age of tourism.

Submission courtesy of shadowpeoplearejerks

“Manufactured by
J. E. Thomas
March 31, 1915
Bath, KY”

This dulcimer was built exactly 100 years ago today by Kentucky’s own James Edward Thomas. A wonderful piece of history that I am very proud to own. It’s a unique experience playing an instrument the day it hits the century mark. I like to imagine that it sounds just as nice as it did when Mr. Thomas strung it up and played it for the first time on March 31, 1915. Here’s to another hundred!

-Will Sizemore
March 31, 2015
Lexington, KY



Have you visited the Kenova, West Virginia Pumpkin House this year? It’s a local fixture of 21 years, owned by the mayor of Kenova, and displays over 3000 carved pumpkins in a musical arrangement and light display. The pumpkins are hand-carved by members of the community, and it’s growing every year! 

If you haven’t seen it, put it on your bucket list, Appalachians.