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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-

1 Jul 2016 at 3:17pm

  • Frank Kilgore presents the Mountain Heritage Museum - Bristol Herald Courier ...
    2 Jun 2016 at 7:33am

    Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)

    Frank Kilgore presents the Mountain Heritage Museum
    Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
    The Mountain Heritage Museum spans about 1,000 feet in a section of Kilgore's building that was once just vacant and stacked with lumber. Kilgore has always one to tackle a new project, whether to help a school get off the ground or enlist an army of ...


  • Stonewall Resort to Host Mountain Heritage & Wine Festival June 11 - Beckley ...
    7 Jun 2016 at 12:13am

    Stonewall Resort to Host Mountain Heritage & Wine Festival June 11
    Beckley Register-Herald
    The Mountain Heritage & Wine Festival will be held outside near the Roanoke Activity Plaza at Stonewall Resort State Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can leisurely shop the products of more than 30 West Virginia arts and crafts vendors throughout the ...


  • Community Calendar - Claiborne Progress
    30 Jun 2016 at 11:08pm

    Community Calendar
    Claiborne Progress
    To place an event in the Community Calendar, email: bmoore@civitasmedia.com; fax: 606-573-0042 attention Bethany Key; or drop a written copy of the announcement by our office at 1275 North 25th Street, Middlesboro. Announcements will not be accepted ...


Mountain Living / Mountain Life

1 Jul 2016 at 3:17pm

  • Lake Tahoe's Premier On-Mountain Community Reinvents Luxury Mountain Living -...
    7 Jun 2016 at 4:21pm

    Robb Report

    Lake Tahoe's Premier On-Mountain Community Reinvents Luxury Mountain Living
    Robb Report
    Boasting modern mountain design and sophisticated comfort, the Stellar Collection represents the community's progressive interpretation of luxury mountain living. Owners can also choose from one of two design packages, courtesy of local interior ...


  • Crestline Celebrates American Independence - Mountain News
    30 Jun 2016 at 11:25am

    Mountain News

    Crestline Celebrates American Independence
    Mountain News
    The Mountain Fifes & Drums Corps will be part of the Jamboree Days parade in Crestline on July 2. Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:34 am. Crestline Celebrates American Independence By Mike Harris, Associate Editor Mountain News | 0 comments.


  • Mountain living grows on you, but so do pesky weeds - The San Luis Obispo Tri...
    8 Jun 2016 at 12:02pm

    The San Luis Obispo Tribune

    Mountain living grows on you, but so do pesky weeds
    The San Luis Obispo Tribune
    A riding mower, push mower and weed whacker are some of the tools you'll need to keep up with the grasses in the Santa Lucia range. Marcia Rhoades Special to The Cambrian. i. A riding mower, push mower and weed whacker are some of the tools you'll ...