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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-

26 Mar 2017 at 7:50am

  • Trail needs more opposition - Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
    20 Mar 2017 at 4:12am

    Trail needs more opposition
    Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
    I hear rumor that the Mendota Trail is forthcoming, and it is not a pretty picture. At a Bristol Virginia City Council meeting in April 2016, the entire trail was given to Mountain Heritage, and the contact person is Attorney Frank Kilgore from St ...


  • Arabia National Heritage Area unveils signage program - On Common Ground News
    17 Mar 2017 at 12:16am

    On Common Ground News

    Arabia National Heritage Area unveils signage program
    On Common Ground News
    Mera Cardenas, executive director of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, expressed excitement over the South River Water project as she announced the March 16 Arabia signage program. She said the comprehensive program would be constructed ...


  • Cecil Sharp photos come to Madison County - Mountain Xpress (blog)
    22 Mar 2017 at 10:06am

    Mountain Xpress (blog)

    Cecil Sharp photos come to Madison County
    Mountain Xpress (blog)
    The exhibit will be shown at the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, this summer and the Pine Mountain Settlement School, Harland, KY, this fall. Anyone interested in booking the exhibit may contact Donald Hughes ...

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Mountain Living / Mountain Life

26 Mar 2017 at 7:50am

  • Living History: Duane Banner - Mountain News
    10 Mar 2017 at 2:07am

    Mountain News

    Living History: Duane Banner
    Mountain News
    Picture this: It's 1969, and it's the storm of the decade. Over 100 inches of rain (which more often than not came down as snow) deluged the mountain between Jan. 15 and February, which means that over the course of six weeks, the mountain was ...


  • In Case You Missed It: Home and Garden draws spring crowd - Ruidoso News
    20 Mar 2017 at 3:52pm

    Ruidoso News

    In Case You Missed It: Home and Garden draws spring crowd
    Ruidoso News
    Chuck Sonnenberg of Santa Fe Furniture and Gifts on U.S. 70 in Ruidoso Downs brought some tables with turquoise inlay, a horse head sculpture and many other interesting items and furniture to the Mountain Living Home and Garden show. (Photo: Dianne ...


  • The Gibson Brothers Bring Bluegrass To NPAC - Greeneville Sun
    24 Mar 2017 at 11:14pm

    Greeneville Sun

    The Gibson Brothers Bring Bluegrass To NPAC
    Greeneville Sun
    This performance is sponsored by Smoky Mountain Living. NPAC offers online seat selection with no processing or delivery fees. However, there is a $1.50 ticketing fee per ticket regardless of purchase method. The box office hours are Monday through ...