Mountain Elder Wisdom Oral Histories

Effie Mae Russell

Effie Mae Russell discusses her life growing up in the Mountain Page community of Henderson County, NC.

Lola Coston and
Marvin Owings

Lola Coston and Marvin Owings discuss apple farming, packing and harvesting at Coston Farm in Edneyville, NC

Hubert Barnwell

Hubert Barnwell and family discuss their third generation molasses making on Jeter Mountain in Henderson County, NC

Opal Dalton Parkinson

Opal Dalton Parkinson discusses growing up as one of the first families in Etowah, NC

Alma Avery

Alma Avery, native of North Carolina, discusses her life in Cedar Creek and in Bat Cave.

Gladys Barnwell

Gladys Barnwell, Edneyville’s APPLE HOUSE lady, discusses her life as a farmer and her 70+ years with the Curb Market.

The Bradford Family

Old Timey Farm Day in Yancey County- The Bradford family has been farming its land the same way for over 200 years.

Tribute to
Old Fort Mountain Music

Tribute to Old Fort Mountain Music- The closing night of a 28 year legacy of mountain music in Old Fort, NC.

Mud Creek Baptist Church

Mud Creek Baptist Church apologizes for their past racism in a moving service with Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

Theron Maybin

Theron Maybin is a seventh generation farmer in Green River Valley who lived the life of a self-sustaining farmer just like his family did across the generations.

Robert Morgan

Green River Valley Stories Part 1: Morgan discusses growing up in southern Henderson County, NC and how it shaped his life.

Max Woody

Max Woody, fifth generation master chair-maker in McDowell County discusses his life and how he got started.

Appalachian storytelling

Appalachian storytelling was the social media of its day and still has lessons to teach today.

Southern Appalachians

Mountain elders discussing what makes the Southern Appalachians a special place and why its history is as important for us today.