Willow Church

There is only the foundation left of Willow Church in Northeastern Tennessee. This was a slave church during the era of the Civil War. During the war, the Union Army approached their homes and a group fled to the safety of the church and locked themselves in.

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Appalachian Riddle #1: The Marble Hall

There are many stigmas revolving around the Appalachian portions of our nation, however they are just that, stigmas. Here is a traditional Appalachian riddle: In marble halls, white as milk Lined with a skin as soft as silk Within a fountain crystal-clear A golden apple doth appear No doors are to this stronghold Yet, thieves break in and steal the gold.

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Old Tom

There is a legend from Eastern Tennessee, that of “Old Tom.” Tom was said to be a lady’s man during the roaring 1920s. During the time, even in Appalachian regions, “speakeasys” and bootlegging were common.

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Who was Sammy Spangler?

In the Scott County area of Virginia, there lived a man who would certainly draw attention today. As far as it’s known, no such figure existed before or after him. He lived in the region from birth until death, encompassing the latter portion of the Nineteenth Century and into the Twentieth.

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Woman in the Shack

There’s a shack in Tennessee, somewhere around the Gap Creek area. Decades ago, when traveling salesmen were frequent visitors, one such salesman had a difficult day in the area. He worked hard, but his success had been only minor.

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