A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

John Muir’s visit to Grandfather Mountain

The Mountain that Hugh Morton found so fascinating was already famous. This account of Muir’s visit, written by Hugh Morton’s son Jim, shows the family interest. On September 25, 1898, America’s most celebrated conservationist and naturalist, John Muir, visitied Grandfather

Appalachian Festivals

It all started with a wagon in 1973. And Jimmy Neil Smith didn’t really think it would work. Smith brought Jerry Clower, the comedian, onto the stage at the Washington County Courthouse Square in Jonesborough, Tenn. But Smith also had

Beckley jury finds clearcutting, MTR mining caused flood damage

Mining and logging companies are responsible for flooding damage that occurred downstream of their projects in 2001, a West Virginia jury ruled in May. It is believed to be the first time in recent memory that a verdict against the

National Trust lists Blair Mountain Among Most Endangered Places

This April, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Blair mountain, the West Virginia site of a 1921 labor confrontation, as one of the country’s most threatened historic places. “Past preservation efforts have failed because of fierce opposition from the

Black Diamonds documentary video released

Remembering the Past, Working for the Future

I am a child of Appalachia, and I say that with pride. I was born and raised in a coal camp up Cabin Creek Hollow near Kayford, West Virginia. As was often the practice then, my family shared a house

Volunteer and Intern Update

Appalachian Voices’ volunteers and interns gave hundreds of hours to protect the mountains this semester. We would like to thank them for their work and let everyone know what they accomplished! We had 48 volunteers this semester working over 600

Discovering the Underworld of Crayfish

images/voice_uploads/C.-chasmodactylus.gif You get a line and I’ll get a pole; We’ll all go down to the crawdad hole, Ho-ney, ba-by, mine. “The Crawdad Song,” southern American folk song Growing up in western North Carolina, I have two distinct memories related

Lost Mountain

Riverhead Books. New York. 2006 250 pages. $24.95 The removal of entire mountain tops merely to extract coal is such a staggering idea that it’s often presented in religious metaphors – to move a mountain, after all, is an act

Morton’s Legacy Endures for Appalachia’s Environment

images/voice_uploads/13_HM_Mildred.gif One of Appalachcia’s most powerful voices has been silenced by cancer at age 85. Hugh Morton, a prominent North Carolina environmentalist, photographer and real estate developer, died at his home, surrouned by family, on the first of June. Known