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Page 25 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR SUBSCRIBERS--/I boEvery subscription to the The Mountain Laurel is being extended 1 extra month. Our Christmas edition is our gift to each of you and our way of saying thanks to all of our subscribers. MERRY CHRISTMAS THE MOUNTAIN LAUREL DECEMBER, 1983 MOUNTAIN LAUREL Page 17

Publication Title: Mountain Laurel
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Country/State of Publication: Virginia, United States
Page 26 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

Page 18 MOUNTAIN LAUREL DECEMBER, 1983 Christmas Morning by: Hazel Hedrick It's Christmas morning once again And. # snow i,s blowing in the wind. Outsi&e* my window I can see some children very dear to me, As they play there my mind goes back to a tumble down log cabin shack Where no bright lights or tinsel hung But many jSopcorn strings were strung Around a fresh cut holly tree. It's beeri'some years, but I still see Those glowing embers on the hearth And Christmas morning mirth. Our mother, early, wide awake To Christmas morning biscuits bake Her stove made hot by burning wood Which made her cooking extra good. In my mind's eye I still recall My daddy stumbling down the hall Still halT asleep, but he could smile, "He toped all daddys by a mile." I hear fV friy parents voices chime, "MerryvChristmas, Ma. It's breakfast time Those words were said with so much love While angels hovered up above, While Mean and Dad walked out the door To do each early morning chore. "You w...

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Page 27 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

GROWING UP ON TOGGLES CREEK THE HORSELESS CARRIAGE My father was a rural mail carrier, and usually came home late and tired from his dreary 27 miles of delivering mail on horseback or in a buggy. On this one particular afternoon, however, he came riding in a full gallop shouting at the whole family to come out and see the first "automobile" which of course we most eagerly did. Down the meadow and right into the front yard came the man made miracle, chugging loudly. It proved to be nothing more than a "carry all" (which out west was known as a buckboard) with a spring seat up front and powered by a one cylinder gasolene engine which, I assume was something like the inboard engines used by fishermen. It was steered by a "stick" in front of the spring seat. It had the origional metal tires and wooden wheels and I suppose the rear wheels were driven by a chain from the gasolene motor, mounted on the bed of the carryall. It may have had some sort of gear shifting device, I can't remember...

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Page 28 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

Page 20 MOUNTAIN LAUREL DECEMBER, 1983 THE CHRISTMAS SHEPHERD It was the week of Christmas 14 years ago when the Christmas shepherd came into my life. There was the usual hustle and bustle of the season but he made that year; different and special. I returned one day from a shopping trip to find a small ball of black and tan fur huddled against my back door, shivering at the cold winds and looking up at me with the saddest eyes I had ever seen. He have been a month old. I asked my two girls if they knew who he belonged to and they said the new people two houses up from us were his owners. I thought he had just wandered off and had my girls to take him back heme. A few days later, there he was again, at the back door. I took him home myself this time and saw that he had been sleeping on an old matress on the back porch ' that was soaking wet and a little food s<Sfr*aps were in a bowl that included things "like potato pealings and they were molded for him to eat. I knew the...

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Page 29 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

| #|% | READER INTERVIEWS Jl JL C»JT Begining with our January edition, , we plan to feature a section of "Reader O Interviews" in The Mountain Laurel each month. This column will be devoted to the mountain memories of our readers. % ■<% A MM 'At W* W ■ 1111 ■ We would appreciate your helping),us with JL Ilv IflVlilll'Cllll this column . Here's how. If ,y®u have a memory that's heart rendering pr funny or just plain interesting, we'd like to talk to you. A space is provided on each subscription blank for a telephone number. If you wouldn't object to a tele--1 YEAR (12 ISSUES) ONLY $6.00 phone interview, please include your o /<-)/, N *-m nn I X* telephone number when subscribing. (If 2 YEAR (24 ISSUES) ONLY SIO.OO 1 U]? IS BITLQS Y° U *re already a subscriber, only send OR OUR *■ your name and telephone number.) , x 4 i Several names will be drawn at random SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFT OFFER (SEE BELOW) VA/ISIIPS eaeh month and those persons will be ruDTCTMAC r TUT H...

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Page 30 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

Page 22 MOUNTAIN LAUREL DECEMBER, 1983 The time was the early 1950' s and Dad was pastor of the Nebo Baptist Church in Hiddenite, N.C. I was a six year old "Joseph" in the church play that year, complete with an old oversized brown bath robe and sandals. It was the Wednesday night before Christmas and rehersal was under way at the church. The ladies of the church had transformed the pulpit area into a stable in Jerusalem, complete with straw and cutouts of various stable animals- I'm sure Hollywood set designers could not have done better under similiar circumstances. What with ten -or fifteen squealing, excited youngsters under foot and no symblance of organization and Christmas just days away, the ladies were up against heavy odds for making a recognizable story emerge from our But they were giving it their best. Just as they managed to convince us little ones that Santa wouldn't like it if we didn't calm down and do a good job, the front door of the church burst open and Raeford'...

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Page 31 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

BACKROADS r . Continued from page 24 left belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Harless Webb. Mr. Webb is the owner and operator of Comnunity Supplies and Services in Meadows of Dan. As we drive on past the Webb's, Tory Creek runs through the beautiful meadow on our right. 04.2 Pavement begins here. 04.4 On the right is the Cox family dairy. 04.3 At this stop sign, we turn right on state road 632. 04.6 Here we leave Tory Creek as it passes under the road. 06.2 On our right is Green Mountain Baptist Church. 06.4 The pavement ends here; 06.6 Here we turn right onto state road 603. 06.7 Buffalo Mountain is the large mountain on our extreme left with a firetower on its peak. Straight ahead in the distance is Slate Mountain with its winding road and A-frame summer homes. 07.9 At this point state road 600 goes straight ahead, across a small bridge but we turn right and continue on state road 603. 08.2 On our right at this point is one of this areas most picturesque log homes. It belongs to Mr. and Mrs....

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Page 32 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 December 1983

HEART OF THE BLUE RIDGE DECEMBER 1983 j -s*l \,4& a \ Monthly Journal Of Mountain Life ,/£! i '• + Copyright 1983. Mountain Laurel Postmaster: Third class pastaga paid, Maatfaws af Dan, la. Ml2O, Address Correction Requested. A p° stal JL /2UT I£u 1 £u PATRON d "~X Page 24 TORY CREEK "BACKROADP^ along side Tory Creek for a few miles. In addition to this picturesque little stream, there are beautiful meadows with old chestnut rail fences along with beautiful views and weathered grey barns. It's a delightful drive and we hope you will enjoy it. We will begin at Meadows of Dan, Virginia. The underlined numbers at the begining of each paragraph indicate the total number of miles traveled from our point of begining at the Parkway overpass on US 5$- Our entire tour will be twelve miles long and will take no more than 30 minutes. Of course, if you're like us, you'll want to stop along the way to marvel at nature's handiwork. 00.0 From the intersection of US 58 and the Blue Ridg...

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Page 1 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD COLLECTION NUMBER ONE Monthly Journal of Mountain Life Welcome to "The Heart of The Blue Ridge" This special edition of THE MOUNTAIN LAUREL contains a collection of our first eighteen (18) BACKROAD tours. It is dedicated to Mr. Coy Oliver Yeatts, 18991984, a mountain gentleman who loved mountain back roads. On the front page of our first issue, March, 1983, the following three paragraphs appeared: "We thought of many possible names for this publication before we decided on "MOUNTAIN LAUREL". None of the others seemed quite right, but like a flash, "MOUNTAIN LAUREL" appeared and we knew it was perfect. According to WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY, the word laurel means HONOR and DISTINCTION. Aside from being a beautiful flower which covers our hillsides the word describes our people and place better than any other. Please bear with us over the next few months when we misspell a word or set our type a little crooked. We are not professional writers or publishers, but simply people who w...

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Page 2 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 2 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE .djuKjg ■' ■B jH 9M H Hffi§ ■ B aK HH * li^wt:* IRMPP. ■ ■ . ' OH M H |x * r ■ ■ K B§ ■* '-" ii * , " r ™^~*~ ' ' .-■«, mmm <L>-- ?- , - ;^-4jjP'' <il^ iniiiimtfrtw'-fiiiiMiMf--iwiMifci M iii i ..^M^i^^Mra^BHHMilMßiiil^^ BACKROAD NO. 1 MARCH, 1983 The backroad I'd like to tell you about this month is not very long but it definitely represents this area. It is in Patrick County and once it was a major highway, providing the main route from Danville to Wytheville. It was known as the "Danville and Wytheville Turnpike". There were wagon loads of chestnuts hauled over it and the commerce of the mountain depended on it. A small portion of "the Pike" still exists today much like it was in 1920. For a sample of the past where you almost expect to meet a wagon being pulled by a team of oxen, take a drive on "the Pike'. 1 Begin at Meadows of Dan at the intersection of US 5$ and state road 614. Turn off "ss" onto 614 and ma...

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Page 3 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD NO. 2 APRIL, 1983 This month our BACKROADS column will direct you through some of the most beautiful country in Patrick, Floyd and Carroll Counties. We will begin in Patrick Co. at the intersection of US 58 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we go along, I will point out some of the highlights of the area to you. In order to do this, I will begin with my mileage reading at 00.0 when I enter the Parkway from Meadows of Dan. From this point on, the underlined numbers at the beginning of each paragraph will indicate the total number of miles we have traveled from the start of our trip. From begining to end, we will cover approximately 28.5 miles and the drive will take an hour to an hour and a half. There are many beautiful places along the way and by all means, bring your camera and binoculars. 00.0 We have come from Meadows of Dan on US 58 and entered the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance ramp and are stopped at the stop sign, getting ready to pull onto the Parkway. From here we go no...

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Page 4 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 4 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE I BACKROAD # 2 Continued from page 3. sure no one would object to your walking through the cemetery. Here in front of the church, state road 628 goes straight, but we will turn right on state road 626. 12.6 The large three story building on the left is the Buffalo Mountain School and the old, two story white house on the right is where Reverend Childress lived. As we go up the road, the house we pass on the left is the home of Mrs. Evelyn Kemp and just beyond it, on the right, is a brick home which is the home of Mrs. Marie Lucas. Both of these ladies are Reverend Childress's daughters. 13»0 On the left, there is a pond down in the hollow. This property belongs to Trent Goad, who lives in the house adjacent to the cemetery back at the church. Trent acquired this property from Hugh L. Woods, who died a few years ago. Mr. Woods was a resident of Florida and the author of the book, "Wings Over China". He also served as personal pilot to Chiang Kai-s...

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Page 5 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD # 4 Continued from page 4. Knob and you can see the Parkway winding along its side. 02.1 Here alO foot high bank borders the left side of the road. There's a rail fence along the top of it. Look closely if you travel this backroad in the early part of June. There will probably be lady slippers blooming here. When we came by they were not yet in bloom. There's solomans seal here also. 02.4 605 goes straight and state road 720 turns to the right. Bear to the right on 720. 02.6 There is a beautiful farm on your right. A farm like farms on the mountain used to be, with high rolling meadows, rail fencing with cross fencing and cattle dotting the hillside. This is one of the most picturesque farms I know of in this part of the country. 03.1 The old homeplace on the left once belonged to the Hancock family. If you look in the woods just past it, you can still see the signs of the old apple orchard scattered through the woods. 03.4 The old building on the right was once an old scho...

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Page 6 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 6 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE BACKROAD NO. 5 AUGUST, 1983 On the entrance ramp to the Blue Ridge Parkway at the junction of US 58 in Meadows of Dan, Virginia we will go north from this point on the Parkway toward Mabry Mill and Roanoke. The mileage reading here is 00.0. The underlined numbers at the beginning of the lines from here will tell you of points of interest and where to turn to complete this BACKROAD, which makes a circle and returns to the point of our beginning. The entire trip will take 52.7 miles and a minimum of two and a half hours. If you relax and enjoy, it could take all day. We invite you to do this and perhaps bring a picnic lunch or enjoy one of the area's good heme cooking restaurants. The backroad will be diverse this month. We will be going to town. For those of you who enjoy browsing through shops in new areas, we have listed merchants along this route in both Floyd and the Meadows of Dan areas. This trip combines what we think is the best of our are...

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Page 7 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD # 5 Continued from page 6. On the right in the clear patch of woods is where the old Ballard Fourth of July Celebration was held. Those woods used to be full of people every Fourth of July for the biggest event of the year. At this intersection, 75$ forks right, but we will take the left fork, state road 604 (paved). A short distance down this road the number will change to 610, but just continue on this paved road. 42.1 On the left are corrmercial cabbage fields. We think the best cabbage in the world is raised in our area. Everybody (including myself) says that it has a sweeter flavor than cabbage raised anywhere else. 42.8 On our right are the head waters of the Dan River. 43»5 Here state road 611 turns to the right. There is an old two story farm house up this road a short way, the first one on the left. This is the home of The Mountain Laurel. This is where we live, where we paste up the paper, where we get it ready to print; where we eat, sleep and live Mountain Laure...

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Page 8 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 8 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE BACKROAD NO. 6 SEPT. 1983 This month our BACKROADS column will take you into one of the most beautiful areas of Carroll County, Virginia. We will follow Big Reed Island Creek for almost 6 miles. At times it will be over 200 feet wide with islands, some as large as several acres, standing high and dry amidst the swirling white water rapids. We'll pass old farms and mills that are so picturesque you'll regret it if you don't bring your camera. Wild flowers are in abundance and the riverbanks are teeming with wildlife. Everything from rabbits and deer to an occasional mink or muskrat can be seen. Due to the remoteness of this area, it offers sanctuary to one of the largest black bear populations in this area. Don't worry, black bears in the wild are extremely shy and the most you're apt to see will be an occasional track. We will begin at the intersection of US 58 and US 221 in Hillsville, Virginia. this intersection is 21.2 miles west of Meadows of...

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Page 9 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD # 6, Mile 15.9 ~ ' -i*"' 1 " Us"*jk' c '~" 'M ' 3^l' tUgsKKEi Hp yMHHH !! 1 » |V ** ~ ,«»•s*. , i4& *f f v >l» * MJ A --, -1 K - .., 1 | n I |& ' J \, i «|&* , , alike. 11.5 Turn left onto state road 611. There will be an old store building on your left and the sign over the door indicates it was "Mrs. J.VI. Marshall's Store". 12.6 This beautiful old building on the left is the old "Silver Star Roller Mill". It is no longer in use but it has retained its charm throughout the years. 13.2 At this stop sign, we will turn BACKROAD # 6, Mile 14.9 BACKROAD # 6, Mile 18.4 BACKROAD # 6 Continued from page 8. BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE PAGE 9 left onto state road 764. 13.6 Here we will turn left onto state road 761. 14.1 Turn right onto state road 765• 14-9 State road 765 is a winding little gravel road and at this point, there is a wide shoulder on the left, next to a fence. Two walnut trees stand by the fence which surrounds a beau...

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Page 10 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 10 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE BACKROAD NO. 7 OCT., 1983 This month BACKROADS will be in Patrick County, Virginia, except for the last few miles, which will be in Floyd County. We'll pass trout streams, historic landmarks, orchards, beautiful old homes and picturesque mountain valleys and ridges. Our trip will consist of a total of 51-7 miles and will take a minimum of V/ 2 hours, but 2 hours would be more enjoyable, the area we'll be traveling through is noted for its orchards so if you like fresh fruit, cane prepared to buy. If you don't bring your camera, more than likely you'll regret it since the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful in this area. Be on the lookout for wildlife, especially deer, since this section has a high population of wild critters. The day we took this tour, we saw a doe and two yearlings on Route 8 between the old Compton's Motel and Tuggle's Gap Motel and Restaurant. They didn't run, but just perked up their ears and stared at us for a moment before...

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Page 11 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

BACKROAD # 7 Continued from page 10. The driveway leading off of Route 8 into the orchard was once a main road known as "The Branmer Spur". It climbed the mountain and came out on state road 609 in the Belcher Mountain section of Meadows of Dan. These days it is doubtful if it is passable by four wheel drive. 33-1 We will continue on Route 8 but state road 605 (which turns to our left here) leads to the Rock Castle Gorge recreation area. It consists of over 4,000 acres of public lands, complete with primitive camping and miles of well marked trails and native trout streams. For further imformation, you may inquire at the Rocky Knob Information Station on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We will go by there at mileage reading 41.2 on this tour. 36.4 The old Compton's Motel is on our right and we have just entered Floyd County. 36.6 Tuggle's Gap Motel and Restaurant is on our right. If you like skillet fried pork chops or chicken, I'd suggest you stop. - Theirs can't be beat and the folks are ...

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Page 12 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 January 1984

PAGE 12 BACKROADS, COLLECTION NO. ONE BACKROAD NO. 8 NOV., 1983 Our backroad tour this month will take you from the mountain peaks to the valleys of Carroll County, Virginia and provide you with spectacular views along the way. It will take you through some of the oldest commercial orchards in this area. We will begin with our mileage reading at 00.0 when we leave the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap. From this point on, the underlined numbers at the beginning of each paragraph will indicate the total number of miles we have traveled from our point of beginning. From beginning to end we will cover a little over 24 miles and the drive will take about an hour plus the stops none of us can resist at the orchards, viewpoints and stores along the way. We hope you enjoy this drive as much as we have. 00.0 We are between milepost 193 and 194 on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Orchard Gap, Virginia which is located about 15 miles south of Meadows of Dan on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you are trav...

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