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Mountain living for me was growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. When I was still a boy, my family traveled all over the USA. We climbed the lofty Rockies and the Sierra Nevada range. We spent time in the Ozarks and visited the White Mountains in the Northeast. Vivid memories of scenic heights and wonderful people from coast to coast.....

There were valleys, too, and deserts, plains and prairies, beaches and badlands. All of these distant places had a beauty I could appreciate; seeing them in person only strengthened my love of adventure and the open road.

Every journey and destination has had some influence on me, but my passions were molded in the mountain life of my youth. The New River winding through the valley, the hazy Blue Ridge horizon, the unique Appalachian country music, simple faith, and mountain heritage of my people have all converged within me to help determine who I am. I don't live on a mountain, but I will always live with a mountain view.

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Take a few moments to read my pages. Try a few links. Maybe you'll rediscover a dormant passion or find a new interest. You may find your heart wandering back to your own time of mountain living, or you may find it being drawn to explore places you've never been.

Planted in the Old Dominion -

Kenney's Drive-inThe ‘college town’ of Radford, Virginia, is where I was born and spent the first few years of my life. I remember most walking the downtown streets while shopping at Leggett's and Roses with my mother, standing in awe at the scale of the New River bridge, staying up late for movies at the Hi Way drive-in, and wondering what made the unique smell coming from the west end foundry. I enjoyed seeing the huge bear sign outside the old grocery store, eating great fast food from Kenney's Restaurant, watching the outdoor drama The Long Way Home, and staring at the hippies at Radford College. Thomas Wolfe said you can't go home again. Home is never the same when you move to make one somewhere else. When I do get back to Radford, it is sad to see most of these things from home are no longer around. One bright spot for preserving mountain heritage is The Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center at Radford University.

Fair Dublin Town -

While still a small child, I moved to the nearby community of Dublin. My parents had purchased a house on Maple Street that in my eyes was as large as any castle and just as old and mysterious.Maple Street Some of my most precious childhood memories are of enjoying that old farmhouse and yard with its huge maples. Christmas felt like I was living in a Currier & Ives print. I remember walking home from school (and seeing most of the town), the lovable Dudley brothers, and surviving the blizzard of '77, when I missed a month of school. I enjoyed nights at the New River Valley fair, more great food at Duke's drive-in, shopping at Wade's grocery store, and camping at nearby Claytor Lake. The Dudley's have all passed, and the cold winters elude us, but happily, the farmhouse, fair, and lake all remain for others to enjoy.


Mountain Heritage articles-

28 May 2017 at 6:54pm

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    26 May 2017 at 10:33am

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    [ May 26, 2017 ] Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance hosts open house Local News
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    The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance hosted an open house on May 23 to provide the community an opportunity to learn about the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA). The open house was held from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Alliance's office, ...


  • Townsend Spring Festival celebrates Smoky Mountain heritage - WATE 6 On Your ...
    2 May 2017 at 4:47pm

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    Townsend Spring Festival celebrates Smoky Mountain heritage
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    Events will be held at the Apple Valley Restaurants, Cades Cove Cellars, Jeepism, Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Trillium Cove and the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum, with the main festival taking place at the Smoky Mountain ...


  • Mountain Heritage Day named one of Southeast's best - Smoky Mountain News
    17 May 2017 at 10:47am
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    Mountain Heritage Day continues a tradition of being a premiere showcase for Appalachia lifestyles activities, living-history demonstrations and Cherokee stickball games. For music lovers, the performances are nonstop, with shape-note singing ...


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    25 May 2017 at 8:41am

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    ALA Fishing Derby
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    Young anglers at the ALA Trout Rodeo may have been tuning up for the ALA Trout Derby this Saturday, May 27. Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00 am. ALA Fishing Derby BY ANANDA FOERCH, Reporter Mountain News | 0 comments. There are many ...

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  • We're Off to the Races! - Mountain News
    26 May 2017 at 7:44am

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    We're Off to the Races!
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    Chef Jim Selah was helped by David Holzer and Isaac Lowe at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center booth at last year's Le Grand Picnic. Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00 am. We're Off to the Races! Submitted by Kim McGuire, Director of ...


  • Individual Determination Leads to Success - Mountain News
    26 May 2017 at 7:44am

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    Individual Determination Leads to Success
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    Within Rim of the World Unified School District are two school sites that offer a class where students not only discover a pathway to success, but also a place that they can call home. That class is Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and ...