Category Archives: Setting

WORDS Matter

Civilization is a paradox. Too many examples show a dominant group inclined to crush the culture of the defeated. In ancient times, the world lost a brilliant treasure when the Phoenicians lost their country under the rise of Macedon in the mid … Continue reading

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Chapter 47: Port Holes in the Attic

In 1965, my friends’ Uncle Morris R. Nanney wrote about the Montford Cove Valley. The road on the far right is 221 going north to Marion, NC. The area to the right of 221 near the county line is Union Mills … Continue reading

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Chapter 46: Craftsmen Remembered

In the last post, we were leaving the 1836 addition of the Albertus Ledbetter house, walking across the now enclosed dogtrot into the original house built by Jonathan Ledbetter in 1826 on his daddy’s plantation. My tour is given by … Continue reading

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Chapter 44-B: Once Upon a Time

A stockade called Davidson’s or Rutherford’s Fort was the westernmost outpost for the white settlers exploring the Blue Ridge in 1730. After the Revolutionary soldiers returned to their homes with tales of available farmland, mild climates and beautiful valleys, the word spread, … Continue reading

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Chapter 44-A Firelight

Last month the national news kept our collective attention focused on the fires in Washington affecting thousands of families. This seems to be a yearly pattern on the west coast. A California friend travelled east this summer to her Massachusetts hometown and commented … Continue reading

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Chapter 42: Belated Mother’s Day Well Wishes

As told in the last post, Reginald Nanney was bitten by a snake. He was not the only one, and there were at least two other Nanneys that did not survive their encounters. Having seen some of the five-foot rattlesnakes hiding out in this area, … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Music and Arts Festival

Come to Union Mills, NC, this week on Friday night or on Saturday for great entertainment, art and concessions to support The Union Mills Learning Center in its efforts to keep alive the spirit of the community. See Chapters 34-37 for … Continue reading

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Chapter 41 SPECIAL TREAT: Historical Fiction by Wade Nanney

****BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL IN UNION MILLS THIS WEEKEND**** (My Nanney friends are very talented. The following story was published in Images of the Blue Ridge an anthology by the Creative Writers’ Club of McDowell County in 1990. Wade wrote this story and his … Continue reading

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Chapter 38: Outside Union Mills

Back in Chapter 31 of the Nanney Saga, I posted a photo of Nanney siblings, children of Col. Amous and Tempe Nanney. One of the men in the photo taken around 1927 was Martin Lee Nanney who was an Uncle to … Continue reading

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Chapter 37: What will Become of the Union Mills Historic School Bldg? Where’s the Love?

A book was printed with essays and memories of many students describing the happy times at Round Hill Academy. Elizabeth Rucker Castles wrote, “For some years after the school closed as Round Hill Academy in 1925 and the name was changed … Continue reading

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