The Nanney Clan Reunion is held the 3rd Sunday in August of each year. Round Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Hudlow Road, Union Mills, NC 28167.
I will have a McDowell County fictional short story coming out in a collection this April. Look for "Strong Enough" in Malice Domestic's convention anthology: MYSTERY MOST HISTORICAL. It will be available on Amazon.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2016 includes my speculative short story "The Mountain Top," about an elderly couple living in a log cabin in the foothills of North Carolina. Retirement is not for the timid especially if the economy collapses and your neighbors are hungry and mean. Originally published in 2015 in FISH OR CUT BAIT anthology. Both available on Amazon.
Released December 2015: Short story anthology Mystery Times 2015 with "Wheels of Fortune," my short story about a nursing home cosmos. Available on Amazon.
My historical mystery is now offered in print and ebook! Look for the anthology History and Mystery Oh My! And the story "Dead Man Hanging." A survivor of the Little Big Horn solves a hotel murder during the historic North Carolina flood of 1916.
My story "Remember Me?" tells of a frightening turn of events at a high school reunion. It is published by Mozark Press with the other stories in That Mysterious Woman. Now Available at Amazon.
Check out short stories at Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. I have one about wolf-dogs in the 2014 Jul/Aug issue, "Pickin' Banjo," and my critique mate Paula Benson has a SF story, "Apple Lure."
The main character in "Dear Courtney" is trapped in a marriage that is less than perfect. The short story is included in the anthology Mystery TImes Ten 2013 on sale on Amazon and at Buddhapuss Ink.
My short spooky tale "The Blue Ridge Wreath" is included in anthology #8 at the Stupefying Stories website. http://stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com
Check out: McDowell County NCGenweb site
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Category Archives: Brackett Town Saga
Since I have promised my near neighbors to include their stories in this blog, we must depart Nanneytown. However, we cannot cross the county line of McDowell and Rutherford without mentioning again the historical impact of gold mining in this area. Indeed, Thermal City Gold Mine … Continue reading
My last post introduced you to the exciting new educational opportunity at Round Hill Academy opened in 1899. Union Mills was a leader in NC college preparatory studies. In 1911 McDowell County followed their lead and offered instruction four years beyond the … Continue reading
Alert: This is a long post. Grab a snack. In the late 1800’s there were several one-room school houses in North Carolina. According to my teacher/author friend Gretchen Griffith in Lessons Learned (the story of the history of Pilot Mountain … Continue reading
Genealogy work is tedious. Much of it is sifting through wills and public documents to take advantage of the cumbersome court system that provides a spotlight on status changes, past activities and personal bumps in the road. Much of it is mundane, but there are … Continue reading
At the time of the first census in 1790, our new country was taking shape not only in the coastal regions where Loyalists had to play nice with the victorious Patriots, but also in the hills of western North Carolina. … Continue reading
Remnants of a local gold stamp mill will be preserved on McDowell County land whose history unites last year’s Brackett Town series of this blog with the current Nanney Saga. According to an article in McDowell News on May 25, 2014, … Continue reading
From last post, I continue Wade Nanney’s story about Ole Man Adair coming home from California in the 1850’s. He travelled from San Francisco around the tip of South America to make port in Charleston. And he wore an overcoat the … Continue reading
Before the well-documented gold strike in California in 1849, North Carolina was the gold mining capital of the country. Along with nearby Vein Mountain and Dysartsville, the area around Brackett Town was the center. (See Brackett Town Saga Part #3) My … Continue reading
Ten years ago, when Nora and Richard Worthen retired and built their home on land that was part of the old Sprouse farm on Brackett Town Road, they became interested in preserving the memories of the area. One day they made … Continue reading