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Page 1 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

AUGUST 1985 Monthly Journal of Mountain Life FLOYD COUNTY, VIRGINIA ROADS The way the population was scattered back when they first started building roads in this area, the first roads were probably built to get from neighbor to neighbor. Then the roads would expand to connect on into towns and from that to cities. The terrain of the mountains would be followed, avoiding going too far uphill or too far downhill. Roads would be laid out along the line of least resistance which meant they often lead to rivers or creeks. In later years when there was access to better equipment, that was changed. Then road banks could be worked off and road beds changed to get them out of the lower, muddy elevations and up higher where there was better drainage. The first thing necessary in the early days were horses. Horses had to pull the equipment. It took two or more horses to pull an early road grader. Besides the grader, there was a "dump buggy". One man would drive the horse and one or two men wo...

Publication Title: Mountain Laurel
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Page 2 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE 2 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 MOUNTAIN MUSIC IVERY AND DORIS KIMBLE It was my pleasure this month to interview 65 year old Ivery Kimble and her 73 year old brother, Doris Kimble at Ivery's home in Laurel Fork, Virginia. Both were born, raised and still live within one mile of their old homeplace. Ivery and Doris are two of the four children of the late Taylor Kimble, a well known old-time fiddler from this area. Sometime after the death of his first wife Jumillie Light Kimble, Taylor married Stella Wagoner Holiday, a banjo player and native of Sparta, North Carolina. Both were in their mid 70's when they married, and a record album of their music was produced just a few months later, with four more to come. Some of their albums are still available for sale, so if you're a true lover of old-time music, I think it would be worth your while to obtain them for your collection. Ivery's guitar playing is featured on all these albums and Doris' autoharp playing is on one. • Two album...

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Page 3 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

I VERY AND DORIS KIMBLE Continued from Page 2. hang over their shoulder so I could see where they was putting their fingers on the guitar. They'd get real aggravated at me. They 1 d get mad and push me away or run me off, but I was trying to see where they put their fingers and I'd get behind them and watch and learn chords that way. The first song I learned on the autoharp was "Ole 97" and that's always been a great favorite of mine. Once I ordered a French Harp. I wasn't very old and I had never tried to play one before. I got it out of the mailbox and I was real excited about getting it and I tore into the package, got out that French Harp and I come down the driveway a-blowing that "Ole 97" for the first time! I always like the Carter Family and I'd do some picking on the guitar like they did and I'd try to copy them." Were your other brother and sister musical too? Ivery - "Yes, my brother Marvin was a guitar player and my sister Hazel was a piano player. She was good too. She ...

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PAGE 4 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 OLD-TIME Y CHESTNUTS BY: LAWRENCE BECHTEL On a wooded hillside between Christiansburg and Radford, Virginia, I found some American Chestnut stumps one day. Four feet in diameter, with hollow centers, the stumps looked like the empty boots of giants. Scattered about nearby were the disorderly remains of chestnut trees - chunks and limbs like old, gray bones. One big tree, stretched out like a skeleton, belonged to a red squirrel, who chirred angrily at me. Compared to his rotting house, what a spacious mansion his ancestors must have enjoyed, when this chestnut forest was alive and growing! Actually, not just squirrels, but lots of people in this part of the country were in a real sense housed, clothed and fed from chestnut trees. What were those days like, when chestnut trees were as common as plastics are today? Does anyone remember? Hubert Duncan, a long-time resident of Radford, is chock full of recollections. Chestnuts fell from trees at night...

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OLD TIMEY CHESTNUTS Continued from Page 4. been a good idea." He adds that between 1930-35 or so, "a wave of spectators came through here, asking farmers for their old rail fences. Sold the wood to furniture factories. Millions were made on that." He smiles wryly. "Not by the farmers of course." I turn to leave and Doug abruptly says to a rigid old man in a hat: "this young man wants to know about chestnut trees." "He's about a hundred years too late," declares Nelson Price, with a swoop of his hand. "He wants to know about the stories, not the trees." "Stories! I could tell stories of the chestnuts all afternoon. Fact, I still have the slingshot my father would use of a Sunday afternoon to knock down chestnuts." Nelson swings his arm over his head, demonstrating how his father slung into the high limbs. "He never missed." Falling across these conversations like a dark shadow is the mention of chestnut blight. But just what is chestnut blight? The villain is endothia parasitica, a t...

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Page 6 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE 6 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 SINGING MASTERS AND SINGING SCHOOLS By: William P. Swartz, Jr. The Galax Post-Herald, in a June, 1920 issue carried an article stating that Professor J.H. Ruebush, President of Shenandoah Collegiate Institute, Dayton, Virginia, would be conducting a two week session in music at a rural church some few miles from Galax, Virginia. Each night would be devoted to a singing school. During the day Professor Ruebush would be available for gining individuals lessons in piano, violin and also giving critiques in either. He would also counsel with those interested in musical and college preparatory education. Nothing influenced people in church music as much as singing masters and singing schools of which the above mentioned was an example. Strangely enough, singing schools were almost entirely confined to the mountain and rural areas. They came into being in the early 1800's and disappeared soon after World War I. They served a great purpose in their day. ...

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SINGING MASTERS Continued from Page 6. tals and band music. All of them went out to hold singing schools and music seminars. Their influence was felt in all the mountain and rural areas of the Virginias and surrounding states. People today still tell of parents, grandparents and ancestors who excelled as singers and songleaders because they attended and received training under a singing master in an early day singing school. The Dayton, Virginia community became widely known as a music publishing and teaching center. In its 50 year history, the Ruebush Kieffer Co. published over fifty song books for musical use and teaching. They were adapted to church, Sunday school, glee club and quartet use, instruction and practice of theory and harmony. The firm also published for many years a monthly magazine, "The Musical Million". It enjoyed high acclaim throughout the South. Now for the rest of the story of how this small town sent out more singing masters and teachers than any other place ...

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PAGE 8 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 PICKIN' WILD MOUNTAIN BERRIES By: Ivalien Hylton Belcher The summer days here in the Blue Ridge brings back memories of the things I did as a young girl and still try to do as much as possible. Picking wild berries is one of those memories that I cherish and still do occasionally, although the berries aren't as plentiful, you can roam around and still find some. My first memory of berry "picking" is of going to the meadow to get plump and juicy dewberries. In just a short while, our pails would be full. Mom Gracie would can the berries, always leaving some for a yummy cobbler. Now as I go through that same field, I find a few dewberries, but never like my dad and I use to find. The dewberry has a flavor different than the blackberry and the vines run along the ground. I'm lucky to have some growing near my garden. My Granny Dollie was the person I always picked blackberries with. Our favorite spot was down at the Brammer Field Spring. It's always ...

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Page 9 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

WILD FLOWER Wild Bergamot Where does a person begin when trying to describe all the different types of mint? The Blue Ridge has practically every member of the mint family growing wild. Everyone is familiar with peppermint and spearmint and both grow wild and in abundance in shaded moist places here in the mountains. Close cousins, catnip and wild mountain mint also grow here in abundance, but another family member, wild bergamot, is getting very hard to find. Once bergamot could be found everywhere, but it was collected in such vast quantities and distilled for its oil. This oil was sold to pharmaceutical houses for commercial use. Distillation of mint oil made up a part of the mountain economy. Many people harvested the wild herbs and it was called "Wild-Crafting". Mint is one of the oldest herbs known to man and dates back to Greek mythology. The ancient Greeks believed that Pluto, god of the underworld, was so taken by the beauty of a young nymph named Menthe that his wife Pro- ...

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Page 10 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE 10 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 ELIZABETH'S JOURNAL The following is an excerpt from a journal kept by Elizabeth Cooley McClure of Carroll County, Virginia from 1842 (she was 17 then) til her death in 1848. At this point in the story, she is married and has traveled to Texas with her husband on the Mississippi River. A special thanks to the Cooley family for sharing it with us. Friday 29th May We got to Shrevesport 25th. Had a sight of trouble and made out to get to the 4 mile spring awhile after night..went to bed in the little towing wagon. Our covering was the broad canopy of heaven. Next day traveled about 10 miles, camped on a hill. Yesterday it rained, wet our things. Mc. is very sick. Traveled & miles. Rained, we went in the house and slept. The wind blew tremendous - prostrated timber, ruined corn. I am tired out, wet and dirty. I want to stop, our poor things are wet and I fear spoiling. My little camphor bottle Jesse gave to me is broken. The men are greas...

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Page 11 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

GALAX, YA. OLD FIDDLERS CONVENTION BOOK The annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention held at Felts Park in Galax, Virginia is coming up August 7th through the 10th. Most of you have heard about it. It's world famous. In 1974, a band from Japan showed up for the competition and from those who heard them, it was said that they were pretty good at country music. But, did you know when the first Galax Old Fiddlers Convention was held? Do you know who was the first fiddle player to win and what songs were played? The answers to all that and more are to be found in the book, "The First Forty Years Of The Old Fiddlers Convention" by Herman K. Williams. This paperback book documents the Fiddlers Convention from its beginnings and has many old photographs of the early groups. The author of this book, Herman K. Williams, was there from the beginning. He was one of the Masters of Ceremonies at the first one in 1935- That year The Farm House Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 246 Laurel Springs, N.C. THE ...

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Page 12 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE 12 MOUNTAIN LAUREL AUGUST, 1985 The Mail Bos Dear Editor, I really enjoy reading your Mountain Laurel. I can't hardly wait for the next issue. The articles are so interesting. My father also enjoys it. We never put it down until we have read it all the way through. The paper was a gift to me. A friend of mine subscribed 1 year for me. So now I would like to get a 1 year subscription for my brother. I know he and his wife both will enjoy it as much as I do. Thank you very much, R.A. Stout War, W VA Genealogy I am searching for any information on William Spencer born around 1800 I believe. He married Susannah Dean Dec. 12, 1833 in Surry Co. NC and died sometime around 1844-45. I want to know who their parents were and where he was from. He had at least 1 brother named James Spencer that married Susannah's sister Rebecca. If anyone knows about either William and Susannah or James and Rebecca, please contact me. I would be ever so grateful to you. William and Susannah (called Susan...

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Page 13 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

THE BLUE RIDGE DIGEST WELCOME TO THE MOUNTAINS Beginning on the next page, you will find listings for points of interest, accomodations, attractions, craft shops and much, much more throughout the mountains. From Front Royal, Virginia at the beginning of the Skyline Drive to Cherokee, North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains, we have endeavored to assist your travel all along the way. The underlined numbers at the beginning of each paragraph indicate the mile post numbers for the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway as they are approached traveling from north to south. Each mile of the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway is marked with a numbered concrete marker indicating the mileage. Also listed on the back of this section is a calendar of events scheduled throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains in July. We have also listed on the back page some places you might like to write for more detailed travel information in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you're spending a day, a wee...

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Page 14 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE B BLUE RIDGE DIGEST FRONT ROYAL VIRGINIA THE BEGINNING OF THE SKYLINE DRIVE 0 JUNCTION US 340 & SKYLINE DRIVE. From Front Royal 35 mi. east to Middleburg. Washington D.C. is 63 miles; 18 mi. southeast to Washington, Va.; 21 mi. north to Winchester, Va. 4.6 DICKY RIDGE VISITOR CENTER. Water, comfort stations, picnic grounds, exhibits, slide programs, sales publications . Alt. 1,940. 2J. HOGBACK OVERLOOK. Alt 3,385. View of 11 bends of Shenandoah River is visible on clear days. 24.1 ELKWALLOW. Picnic grounds, water, comfort station, fireplaces and picnic tables provided. EDINBURG, VIRGINIA POP. 766 SHENANDOAH VINEYARDS Shenandoah Valley's first winery, free tours. Easy access off 1-81. Woodstock or Edinburg exit. (703) 984-8699. 31.5 PANORAMA JUNCTION US 211. 9 mi. west to Luray, 7 mi. east to Sperryvillc, 24 mi. to New Market; 26 mi. to Culpepper. Alt. 2,304. SPERRYVILLE/ VA. "Tn the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains". On US 211, 7 miles east of Sky line Dr i ve....

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Page 15 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

breathtaking views. Gift Shop, Camp Store and Service Station. Open year round. Write P.O. Box 489, Bedford, VA 24523 for information or reservations. (703) 586-1081. 90.9 BEARWALLOW GAP. 4 mi. to Buchanon (VA 43). Alt. 2,258. 105 ACCOMODATIONS BULLETIN BOARD. 106 JUNCTION PARKWAY & US 460. 21 mi. northeast to Bedford, Va. & 9 miles southwest to Raonoke. 112.2 JUNCTION PARKWAY & VA 24. Nearest access to Smith Mt. Lake via Va. 24 & 122. 5 mi. south to Roanoke. 114.9 ROANOKE RIVER OVERLOOK TRAIL. 120.4 ROANOKE MOUNTAIN. 1.3 mi. to campground on spur rd. to Mill Mountain, trails. One way 3.7 mi. rd. around Roanoke Mountain (Mile 120.3). Steep grades, beautiful views from summit. 121.4 JUNCTION PARKWAY & US 220. Roanoke is 5 mi. north. South: 5 mi. to Boones Mill, 21 mi. to rocky Mount, 45 mi. to Martinsville. Smith Mountain Lake by way of US 220 to Rocky Mount and Va. Rt. 40. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY MILEPOSTOAT ROCKFISH GAP TO MILE...

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Page 16 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE D BLUE RIDGE DIGESI HYLTON'S TRADING POST - 1 mi. E Jet. 58 & Pky. Antiques, Collectables - Shop full of hours of browsing pleasure. Open 9-5, seven days a week. (703) 593-2980. PARKWAY CARE CARE CENTER - 100 yds. E of Pky on US 58. Complete repair ser. (Engine, Transmission, tire). Wrecker Ser. (703) 952-2933. Exhaust tune-ups. COCKRAM'S MILL - Established 1884. US 58 East of Pky. at headwaters of Dan River. Flour, Meal, Good Luck Store, Millpond Mercantile Co., pottery. MEADOWS OF DAN FOOD MARKET & LAUNDRAMAT Hwy 58 & Pky. Open 7 days a week. Full line of picnic & traveling supplies, beverages, gas, ice. LAUREL FORK, VA. 7 miles west on US 58. ORBIES GARAGE Hwy 58, 8 miles West of Mile Post 177.7. Quality service, quality parts. Visa/Mastercard. 2 miles from Olde Mill Golf Course. 703-398-2766. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FROM MILE POST 106 AT U.S. 460 TO MILE POST 217.5 AT CUMBERLAND KNOB IINCASTLt ,rl » J \ / ROAN OK V t SALEM 100*15 M...

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Page 17 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

min.) trail to Cumberland Knob, ele. 2,855. 2 hour loop trail into Gully Creek gorge. Alt. 2,740. 218.6 FOX HUNTERS PARADISE. Parking area & overlook. Short trail to the Paradise where old time fox hunters gathered to listen to their hounds run. Alt. 2,805. 229 US 21 CROSSOVER. Sparta, NC is 7 mi. west. Roaring Gap, NC is 4 mi. east. Alt. 3,010. SPARTA, N•C• Pop. 1,500. 7 miles North on US 21 ALLEGHANY INN AND RESTAURANT - New - TV in rooms - HBO & ESPN. King size waterbed rooms avail. Restaurant has excellent food! Only 8 miles from Pkway and 6 miles from New River (fish & canoe). Craft shops close by. Exit Mile Post 229.5, North on US 21. 531 N. Main St., PO Box 995, Sparta, NC 28675. Phone 919-372-2501. dERRYGATE - Dollhouse Miniatures and teddybears, old and new. Also doll, bear furniture and related items. Mountain crafts, old toys and more. 115 S. Main St. (919) 372-2198 or 4195. PO Box 990, Sparta, NC 28675. ROARING GAP, N.C. US Highway 21....

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Page 18 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE F BLUE RIDGE DIGEST MAST GENERAL STORE - Established 1883. Listed National Register of Historic places. Authentic & nostalgic emporium located in pastoral setting 8 miles from Boone. Interesting & reasonable merchandise. Hwy 194. (704) 963-6511. BLOWING ROCK, N.C. ELEV. 4,000 MYSTERY HILL N.C - Most unusual attraction. Educational & fun for whole family. Hwy 221-321 between Boone & Blowing Rock. Mt antique museum with 10,000 antiques, Lifestyles museum, Handmade candy and woodcrafts. Open year round (704) 264-2792. TWEETSIE RAILROAD The Carolina's most exciting family fun park. An authentic, early American full-size, coal fired steam locomotive carries you on a 3 mile rail trip over a scenic route full of adventure with an Indian raid and holdup. A complete old time western town features live entertainment at the Palace Variety Show. Ride chair lift to "Mouse Mine Ride", visit deer park petting zoo and pan for real gold. See count...

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Page 19 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

423.2 BEECH GAP. Cross-mountain road 24 mi. north to Waynesville, 17 mi. south to Rosman. WAYNESVILLE/ N.C. The county seat of 546 miles of rugged mountain beauty. HALLCREST INN - 299 Halltop Rd., Waynesville, N.C. 28786. A small country inn with homelike atmosphere; family style dining around large lazy susan tables; beautiful view from front porch; all rooms have private bath. Reservations required. MAP (704) 456-6457. 443.1 BALSAM GAP. US 19 By—Pass Crossover. 11 mi. east to Waynesville. 11 mi. west to Sylva. 451.2 WATERROCK KNOB PARKING OVERLOOK. 4 state view, loop trail, comfort station interpretive shelter. 455 SOCCO GAP, US 19 CROSSOVER. GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK. FROM BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY MILE POST 382.6 TO TR ANSMOUNTAIN HIGHWAY THROUGHTHE PARK \ (~) (".I jHENOtRSOHVHLeAir j *{"bVlß '/not V t«D*« FO*tSl/Y ( 9Ri r\/ r rn. iP*? "'*"*•* *o*o TO CANTON *r \ 420 OSMAN HOT SWINGS W \Tx' O A/ ,tICH » 1 PI 6*' l rwiwrj y V )?rt Rkmwi f TO " V 'v I I DCLLOOOO J A O" •••« }&a...

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Page 20 [Newspaper Page] — Mountain Laurel — 1 August 1985

PAGE H BLUE RIDGE DIGEST I/"■!IMWWniiWnW Boone, ASU. International Folk Festival. Dancers and singers from approximately 10 countries. Parkway Milepost 291. Spruce Pine. Spruce Pine Mineral and Gem Show. 5-day event. Pinebridge Coliseum. Parkway milepost 331. Black Mountain. Annual Flat Creek Tube Race. Black Mountain Recreation and Parks, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, N.C. 28711. (704) 669-2052. Boone. Jeff Stewart Antique Show, Holiday Inn, 710 Blowing Rock Rd., Boone, N.C. 28607 (704) 264-2451. KHDH Asheville. 58th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Asheville Civic Center. Parkway milepost 382. HBS;B Maggie Valley. N.C. International Folk Festival. Folk dance and music from U.S. and 10 countries. Clinton L. Border, Dir., P.O. Box 523, Waynesville, N.C. 28786. (704) 456-7392. BQQII Br idgewater' s Sesquicentennial. Bridgewater. Relive the "good ole days" at this historic town in the Shenandoah Valley. Street dancing, historic homes tour, old fashioned fish fry, parades, ...

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