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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WEST VIRGINIAN

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6 UNLIKELY BANJO SONGS

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SMOKEY BEAR TURNS 80

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Jessie, the artist behind Knoxville, Tenn.’s Root & Branch Paper Co. is inspired by nature’s intricacy. Whether she’s making a notebook or notecard, her love of plants, mushrooms, and insects always shows in gorgeous detail.

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Since 1985, Apple Country Woodcrafters has donated 25,000 wooden toys in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Their workshop is straight out of the North Pole.
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Dr. Daniel B. Caton once saw things in the sky he couldn't explain, the Brown Mountain Lights. He has spent decades trying to figure out this Burke County, N.C. mystery.
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For over two decades, Mildred — a soda-sipping, selfie-loving bear — charmed visitors at Grandfather Mountain, the highest peak in the Blue Ridge.
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Chasing big incentives, telecommuters and remote workers are moving to the mountains of West Virginia and Johnson City, Tennessee.
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Dolly Parton's charitable acts are legendary. With these eight acts of kindness, she proved she's the Patron Saint of Appalachia.
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I was raised to think single-wide trailers were for desperate people. Buying one showed me just how wrong I was.
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From Pennsylvania to Tennessee, these ramps festivals celebrate the region’s favorite wild leek.
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Moonshiner Grace McAbee moved to Asheville in her 20s. Not long after, she met her husband and purchased a home in an industrial community called West End-Factory Hill, known today as the River Arts District. There, she sold and possibly produced booze.
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I know what you’re thinking. Vinegar? In pie? That’s disgusting. I used to think so, too. But when I finally mustered up the courage to take a bite, my five-year-old palate was pleasantly surprised.
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When Southern Chef Sean Brock sees kudzu, he sees an opportunity for new recipes and new food traditions.
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From dandelion roots to acorns, wild edibles that you can forage in Appalachia will give you serious outdoorsy cred on Thanksgiving day.
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This morning, I ate two and a half biscuits in three minutes flat. I’m not proud of this record, though my gluttony does attest to the power of this damn good biscuit recipe. It also says something about grief.

You see, earlier this week, doctors told my daddy he is dying. The medicine prescribed for his progressive lung condition, a disease brought on by 20 years of back-to-back shifts in a Western North Carolina paper plant, isn’t working. All we can do now is sit around hoping he’ll be eligible for a lung transplant from a suitable recently-deceased donor, which honestly is a weird thing to hope for.

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The owners of Taaza Indian Cuisine moved to Roanoke, Virginia for its mountains and, once there, found a community that celebrates its diversity.
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Asheville, N.C. chef Katie Button knows a good egg when she sees one. For her TV series "From the Source," she visits Dry Ridge Farm, where she buys eggs for her restaurant and market La Bodega/Cúrate. And she tells us why we need to get out of nature's way when farming.
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Whether you’re headed for your meemaw’s hollow or Hilton Head, pack these Appalachian snacks.
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With everything from bacon-topped donuts to carrot pancakes, this path of breakfast joints is like that other Appalachian Trail, only tastier. Find stops in Morgantown, W.V.; Stuart, V.A.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Asheville, N.C., Travelers Rest, S.C., and Clayton, Ga.
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Many of these Appalachian musicians were punk before punk was even a thing.
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Tyler Childers and Silas House craft a heartbreaking love story about a gay Appalachian couple in the 1950s.
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At first, Patty Loveless had trouble getting into the song that might end up being remembered as her signature tune — "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive." She first released it back in 2001 on "Mountain Soul," a deeply personal album of bluegrass and old time tunes that sent her career in a new direction while snagging her a Grammy nomination
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While Appalachia is best know for bluegrass, it's also given birth to artists like Nina Simone, who blended genres and drew from her wide-ranging life experiences to create her own remarkable sound and this inspiring song.
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Thanks to its toothy snarl, hairless tail, and bulging eyes, the opossum is never going to win a beauty contest, but if this critter were to vie for the position of Appalachia’s official mascot, I reckon it would win big. Here’s why.
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From Kentucky to Virginia to Tennessee, Appalachia is graced with countless cave systems. They range from the longest in the world to one boasting a stalactite organ. There's no better time to check out the region's remarkable caves than winter.
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If you have a yard, you can help save butterflies in five easy steps.
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Visit Dolly Parton's hometown — Sevierville, Tennessee — and see how new restaurants and shops honor her place in music history.
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With Appalachian mountain backdrops, these wedding venues make for beautiful memories. And they’re waaaaay better than the jail in which writer Lauren Stepp accidentally got married.
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A Hendersonville, North Carolina native shares her favorite places to visit, including HenDough Chicken and Donuts, Mike's on Main Street, and the Appalachian Pinball Museum.
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Writer John Briley visited White Grass Ski Touring Center, which is ground zero for Nordic and backcountry skiing in West Virginia.
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Whether you prefer a Gatsby-esque affair or something more low-key, these five Appalachian parties will help you ring in the new year.
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Mark Lynn Ferguson visits Wytheville, Va. his mother's hometown and unravels a wee family mystery while exploring restaurants, galleries, a book store, and more.
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They told author Jolene McIlwain to leave Appalachian Pennsylvania and never look back. She stayed and wrote an acclaimed anthology.
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This Mother's Day, find the perfect handmade gift for the artsy mama, the outdoorsy mama, the mystical mama, and more.
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To honor her West Virginia family's coal mining legacy, Megan Brown created a stunning handmade necklace crafted from actual coal dust.
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2023 was Woodshed's first full year as a magazine! From every corner of Appalachia and beyond, readers have flocked to our articles — especially these ten, our most-read stories of the year.
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Give Appalachian this holiday season! All year, we've been combing hills and hollers for fantastic gifts, and, dang it, our collection of handmade crafts and small batch foods has never been more exciting.
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Interview: Award-winning Appalachian N.C. novelist Ron Rash talks headstones, childhood trauma, and what’s next for his career.
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This is the second part of our interview with author Silas House about his newest novel — set approximately twenty years from now. “Lark Ascending” shows humanity at its best and worst, in the context of a calamitous future.
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After losing a beloved aunt, Kentucky author Silas House channeled his grief into "Lark Ascending," a novel about humanity in the face of ceaseless loss.
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Punk meets Appalachia in "Vicious is my Middle Name" by David Dunn. Read an excerpt and hear what inspired the author to mash-up these two cultures.
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We bought our family farm in 2021, but the wobbly economy has delayed restoration of its historic farmhouse. This Christmas, though, I just couldn’t stand seeing it dark and grim anymore. I mixed up an old fashioned, grabbed my favorite little Christmas tree, and headed out to the old place.
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