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Appalachian Curiosities- Non-Fiction, History, Folklore

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Sylvia Drake is a rural girl in the Appalachian Mountains in 1857, but her dreams are big. She maintains those big dreams despite the hardships surrounding her. Dotia, her big sister, helps her recover from a broken heart and focus on her future. Sylvia soon finds Dotia is not the person she loved. Dotia has learned the art of manipulation and the power of the Dark Way.

After a horrific family tragedy, Sylvia realizes who her big sister really is, but it’s too late. Dotia has schemed with forces beyond her control and everyone surrounding her must pay the price for it.

Appalachian Curiosities is a copious compendium of over 500 pages. Curiosities features characters, crimes, curios, and chimeras. The Appalachian Mountains have always had a secret history filled with ghost stories, tall tales, strange discoveries, and miscellaneous history that never found its way into typical history books. From the strange ice mines of Scott County, Virginia, to the first environmentally-friendly car in Tennessee, from the heinous massacre enacted by a beloved North Carolina doctor, to a West Virginia family with five children who disappeared in one night, Curiosities contains victims of bizarre gas attacks, haunted tunnels, plantation legends, witches, and poltergeists that defied everyone who encountered them. From phantom animals to ghost lights, our mountains are filled with mysteries, and few are ever solved.

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Appalachian Curiosities is a copious compendium of over 500 pages. Curiosities features characters, crimes, curios, and chimeras. The Appalachian Mountains have always had a secret history filled with ghost stories, tall tales, strange discoveries, and miscellaneous history that never found its way into typical history books. From the strange ice mines of Scott County, Virginia, to the first environmentally-friendly car in Tennessee, from the heinous massacre enacted by a beloved North Carolina doctor, to a West Virginia family with five children who disappeared in one night, Curiosities contains victims of bizarre gas attacks, haunted tunnels, plantation legends, witches, and poltergeists that defied everyone who encountered them. From phantom animals to ghost lights, our mountains are filled with mysteries, and few are ever solved.

Curiosities features a host of stories that have long been forgotten, as well as in-depth exploration of many urban myths. It offers material from five central Appalachian states, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia, with a focus on Southwestern Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee.

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