The Mountain Laurel
The Journal of Mountain Life

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Mountain Memories

Mountain Memories features the stories of hundreds of Blue Ridge and Appalachian old timers. Their stories offer a glimpse of the mountains of yesteryear. Many of the stories were written by people over the age of sixty and some by people over the age of ninety. The Mountain Memories section of The Mountain Laurel offers a link to a bygone era and a way of life that was unique to the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains of the early twentieth century.

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Title Created Date Author
The Blessed Event May, 1986 Written by Nancy Cornette Kessler
The Old Country Store May, 1986 Written by William P. Swartz, Jr.
The Spelling Match May, 1986 Written by John Hassell Yeatts
Called To Work By The Bell June, 1986 Written by Jackie R. Sharp
Growing Up In The Mountains June, 1986 Written by Nancy B. Collins
Home In Time For Planting June, 1986 Written by John Hassell Yeatts
White Steamer Junior June, 1986 Written by Kathleen S. Gordon
Bandanna In A Peach Tree July, 1986 Written by Beulah S. Fox
James Reid Cole - A Voice from the Past July, 1986 Written by James Reid Cole
Mountain Memories - Claude Rufus Cruise July, 1986 Written by Imogene Turman
John Hayes Hollow - New Ground July, 1986 Written by Hazel P. Hedrick
Playhouses July, 1986 Written by Ivalien Hylton Belcher
Remembrances July, 1986 Written by Carolyn McClellan
Threshing July, 1986 Written by Beulah S. Fox
My First and Last Trip to the Pinnacles August, 1986 Written by Addie J. Wood
Blue Ridge Honeymoon August, 1986 Written by Catherine Rowell
Grandma and Her Place August, 1986 Written by Catherine Mulholland
Our Little Farm In The Virginia Woods August, 1986 Written by Lelia W. Lovell
The Hardest Whipping August, 1986 Written by Gene Henderson
Autumn Grief September, 1986 Written by LaBerta Strawn
Do You Remember School Days? September, 1986 Written by Susan M. Thigpen
Grandma Nettie's Domain September, 1986 Written by David Winston Nelson
Grandmother's Washing Machine September, 1986 Written by Donald F. Blanford
Grandpa Burned The Barn September, 1986 Written by William P. Swartz, Jr.
Kelly View School September, 1986 Written by Vadna L. Bush
Peabody School September, 1986 Written by Lois S. Poff
John Hayes Hollow - School Money September, 1986 Written by Hazel P. Hedrick
There Will Be A Way Provided September, 1986 Written by Lee G. Stallard
Culler In A Wood Pile October, 1986 Written by Phyllis S. Culler
Delayed Funeral October, 1986 Written by N. C. Jackson