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Stories of Appalachia

  • A Cherokee Murder That Hastened The Trail of Tears

    18 MAG 2024 · In this episode of Stories of Appalachia, we tell the story of the prelude to the infamous Trail of Tears—the murder that inflamed Cherokee tensions and provided the legal framework for the tragic forced relocation of the tribe from the southeast to what’s now Oklahoma.   Join Rod Mullins and Steve Gilly as they unravel the complex tale of Jack Walker Jr., a Cherokee man caught in the crossfire of a nation's strife and the murky politics that led to a pivotal moment in American history. Listen to the Stories podcast on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your favorite podcast platform. Don't forget to subscribe for more captivating tales from the heart of Appalachia. You can also support our storytelling journey and access exclusive content by becoming a patron here: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support Thank you for listening.
    17 min. 4 sec.
  • When The Whirlwind Came: The 1929 Tragedy at Rye Cove, Virginia

    11 MAG 2024 · In this episode of Stories of Appalachia, we tell the story of one of the most devastating natural disasters to strike southwest Virginia: the Rye Cove cyclone of 1929. A day that began like any other would end in tragedy as a powerful tornado tore across the community of Rye Cove, leaving death and destruction in its wake.   Listen as Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins recount the terrifying moments when a monstrous F2 tornado descended upon the small community of Rye Cove, Virginia, demolishing the school and claiming the lives of 12 children and one of their teachers.   Be sure to listen to this episode of Stories of Appalachia on your favorite podcast app.  We invite you to make Spreaker your app of choice, and also invite you to go there and become a supporter of Stories to gain access to unreleased podcasts and other extras.  You can find out more here: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support   Catch us on YouTube @StoriesOfAppalachia as well.    Thanks for listening!  
    16 min. 23 sec.
  • The Long Hunter’s Legacy: James Smith’s Survival in Appalachia

    4 MAG 2024 · Today we tell the remarkable story of James Smith, a frontiersman and longhunter whose fight for survival in the Appalachian wilderness in 1767 after a hunting expedition tested his knowledge, ingenuity and determination to live.    Listen to our podcast on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or on your favorite podcast app, and consider supporting us on Spreaker to keep these extraordinary tales coming.   https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support  
    13 min. 26 sec.
  • The Story of the Humming Bird Car: An Appalachian Innovation on Wheels!

    27 APR 2024 · In this episode of Stories of Appalachia, we tell the remarkable tale of Talmadge Judd, a backyard innovator from Kingsport, Tennessee, whose vision and mechanical abilities led to the creation in 1945 of the Humming Bird, an automobile far ahead of its time.   With no blueprints, Judd built the Humming Bird in just four months—a subcompact marvel that boasted impressive fuel efficiency and a sleek design decades ahead of its time.   Join Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins as they tell another one of the Stories of Appalachia!   Listen now on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or wherever you get your podcasts. Be sure to share the wonder of our Stories of Appalachia with your friends, and consider becoming a supporter on Spreaker to keep these tales alive.   https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support  
    14 min. 17 sec.
  • The Mendota Gunslinger? The Story of Texas Jack

    20 APR 2024 · Today we tell a story with echoes of the Wild West…along with a twist! We unravel the mysterious life of Jack Vermillion of Mendota, Virginia, a man who many say once walked the dusty streets of Tombstone, Arizona, alongside the legendary Earp brothers.   Join hosts Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins as they journey through the tangled tales of a figure many believed to be the notorious Texas Jack Vermillion!   Was the Jack Vermillion laid to rest in Mendota the same man who earned his fame in the deserts of Arizona?   Subscribe and listen to the Stories of Appalachia podcast on your favorite podcast app to join us on this fascinating exploration of the history of this place we call home, Appalachia.   Thanks for tuning in, and don't forget to share these stories of Appalachia with your friends.
    17 min. 48 sec.
  • Devil John Wright of the Cumberlands

    13 APR 2024 · In the heart of Appalachia, a legend looms as large as the mountains themselves. Today, we tell the story of John Wesley Wright. Born in the Elkhorn Valley of Kentucky, John Wright's life was a mix of adventure, violence, and survival. From his early days as a Confederate soldier making a daring escape from Union forces, Wright's exploits during the Civil War set the stage for his legendary status. But his story doesn't end with the war. Wright's journey led him to the circus spotlight alongside his uncle, the famed Kentucky Giant, Martin Van Buren Bates, to the shadowy world of manhunting with the Pinkerton and Baldwin-Felts detective agencies. As a lawman, Wright's reputation for meting out justice was as formidable as his skills with a gun, earning him the nicknames "Bad John” and “Devil John” from those outlaws he pursued and captured.  But his life was not solely defined by bullets and bravado. Wright's complex personal life, fathering over 30 children with multiple women, paints a portrait of a man as multifaceted as the hills he called home. Join us as we explore John Wright's story, from his encounters with outlaws and feudists to his final days, when he sought redemption and left his devilish nickname behind. It's a journey through Appalachia's past that's as captivating as the landscape itself.   Don't miss this episode of Stories of Appalachia, available on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or your favorite podcast platform.   Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories of Appalachia with your friends.
    30 min. 52 sec.
  • Deathwind in the Wilderness: The Lewis Wetzel Story

    6 APR 2024 · Today we venture into the untamed wilderness of the late 18th-century Appalachian frontier, along the Ohio River. In this episode of Stories of Appalachia, Steve and Rod unearth the life and lore of Lewis Wetzel, a man whose name is etched in the annals of history as a fearless pioneer, frontiersman, and Indian fighter.     Join us on a journey through time as we trace Wetzel’s origins from uncertain beginnings to his rise as a formidable force known for his exceptional weapon skills who earned the name “Deathwind.” We’ll recount his harrowing escape from capture at just 13 years old, his notorious reputation that stirred a mix of fear and admiration, and the long, dark ponytail that became his trademark among the ladies of the frontier.     But Wetzel’s story is not without its shadows. We explore the controversial actions and the thirst for vengeance that drove him to extremes.  From daring jailbreaks to a life’s end shrouded in mystery, this is a tale that mirrors the complexities of the Appalachian frontier itself.     Subscribe to Stories of Appalachia today on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or your preferred podcast platform, and never miss an episode of our gripping tales from the hills and hollers.     Thanks for listening, and we encourage you to share these Appalachian stories with your friends.
    12 min. 35 sec.
  • Appalachian Goliath-The Tale of Tennessee's Strongest Man

    30 MAR 2024 · Step into the world of Appalachian giants with the incredible tale of Joseph Jefferson Copeland, known to all as Big Joe, the strongest man in Tennessee. In this episode of Stories of Appalachia, Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins bring to life the legend of a man whose feats of strength and size became the benchmark for tales of might in the 19th century.   Join us as we explore the life of Big Joe. We'll share anecdotes that are as heartwarming as they are jaw-dropping, including a Kentucky challenger who learned the true meaning of strength—not through combat, but over a meal and a barrel of whiskey.   Don't miss this extraordinary episode that proves, once again, they grow them big in Appalachia. Subscribe to the Stories podcast on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or your favorite podcast platform.   Thank you for listening and remember to share these Appalachian stories with your friends.   Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
    10 min. 45 sec.
  • The Punch Jones Diamond, Appalachia's Hidden Gem

    23 MAR 2024 · In this captivating episode of Stories of Appalachia, we delve into the lucky discovery that forever altered the lives of a father and son in Monroe County, West Virginia. Join Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins as they recount the day in 1928 when a simple game of horseshoes unearthed a treasure that would remain hidden in plain sight for 15 years.  Hear the tale of the Punch Jones Diamond, an alluvial gem weighing a staggering 34.48 carats, and its journey from an ordinary backyard to the record books as North America's largest diamond of its kind. But riches and records aside, this story takes unexpected turns, from a World War II tragedy to a family's unique claim to fame that even caught the eye of President Franklin Roosevelt. Discover the mystery of how the diamond ended up where it was, the theories that abound, and the legacy left behind by the Jones family. It's an Appalachian story of luck, loss, and the twists of fate that can change fortunes overnight.  Don't miss this glittering episode of the Stories podcast. Subscribe on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible, or wherever you get your favorite podcasts to ensure you never miss an episode. Thank you for listening and sharing our Appalachian stories with your friends. 
    13 min. 2 sec.
  • The Hanging Judge's Executioner

    16 MAR 2024 · Discover the fascinating tale of George Maledon, the legendary hangman for Arkansas' Hanging Judge Parker, and his peculiar path to Tennessee's Mountain Home veterans cemetery.  Uncover a piece of Old West justice on our latest podcast episode. Be sure to subscribe to the Stories podcast...we're on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audible or wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Thanks for listening and for sharing our stories with your friends!
    15 min. 6 sec.
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    BONUS: Morgantown, West Virginia's Movie and TV Star - Don Knotts

    28 FEB 2024 · The story of the man who brought Deputy Barney Fife and other characters to life: Morgantown, West Virginia's Don Knotts. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
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    11 min. 58 sec.
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    BONUS: The West Virginia Mines Wars: The Battle of Blair Mountain

    16 FEB 2024 · The West Virginia Mine Wars were the labor conflicts that occurred in the coalfields of that state as the UMW tried to establish itself as a force on the side of the coal miners against the coal operators. Starting in the early part of the 20th century and continuing up to the early 1920s, the battle of Blair Mountain was the culmination of that struggle and stands as the largest popular uprising since the Civil War. This is that story, an exclusive for members of the podcast. www.storiesofappalachia.com YouTube @StoriesOfAppalachia TikTok @storiesofappalachia Instagram @storyappalachia Facebook @storiesofappalachia X @storyappalachia Threads @storiesofappalachia Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
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    13 min. 10 sec.
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    BONUS: The First Battle of Saltville: The Saltville Massacre

    16 FEB 2024 · Saltville, Virginia, was a strategic asset for the Confederacy due to the large salt deposits located there. Desire to control those assets led to two battles between the Union and the Confederacy. The first battle saw the introduction of black troops into the war on the side of the Union, resulting in a massacre of black Union soldiers and their white commanders after the end of the battle by guerrilla fighters and some of the Confederate troops. This is that story, an exclusive for members of the podcast. www.storiesofappalachia.com YouTube @StoriesOfAppalachia TikTok @storiesofappalachia Instagram @storyappalachia Facebook @storiesofappalachia X @storyappalachia Threads @storiesofappalachia Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
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    9 min. 2 sec.
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    BONUS: The Bell Witch

    14 MAR 2020 · When the Bell family left North Carolina to settle in Tennessee they imagined a new life with lots of opportunity. They got that, along with a spirit, or witch, or demon, take your pick. Today we tell the story of the Bell Witch. The Stories podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify and many other podcast apps. Thanks for listening for sharing our stories of Appalachian history. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
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    13 min. 48 sec.
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    BONUS: Dock Boggs

    6 APR 2019 · Among the pioneers of what was then known as "hillbilly music" was a coal miner from Norton, Virginia, named Moran Lee Boggs. Better known as Dock Boggs, he became known for his unique style of banjo playing and singing, which was a combination of old time Appalachian folk music and African American blues. Today we tell his story. You can find the Stories podcast on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and on most other podcast apps. Thanks for listening and sharing our stories with your friends... Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/stories-of-appalachia--5553692/support.
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    9 min. 53 sec.

Welcome to "Stories of Appalachia," the podcast where hosts Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins have been unraveling the captivating history and folklore of the Appalachian region since 2015. Join them...

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Welcome to "Stories of Appalachia," the podcast where hosts Steve Gilly and Rod Mullins have been unraveling the captivating history and folklore of the Appalachian region since 2015. Join them as they guide you through mist-covered mountains and winding rivers, exploring the stories that define the heart and soul of Appalachia.
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