Strange Tales of the American South

Railroad TracksSouthern culture, history and travel.

Snake Handling Church in Georgia

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Snake handlers at church in Kingston, Georgia.

Okefenokee Swamp Camping

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Okfenokee Swamp camping trip – alligators, vultures, black water and eerie beauty.

Federal Writer’s Project (FWP)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) was a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Coastal Georgia Slavery and Gullah Culture

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

History of slavery on Georgia Sea Island plantations around the Civil War. Slave descendants would later become the Gullah people.

Chickamauga Battlefield Ghosts

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Chickamauga Battlefield ghosts and hauntings, including Ol’ Green Eyes.

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Ghost Hunt

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Pivotal Civil War Battle of Pickett’s Mill, Georgia, and a ghost hunt of the battlefield.

Uncle Remus Tales and Joel Chandler Harris

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Uncle Remus author and famed folklorist Joel Chandler Harris, a look at his life and classic writings.

Coastal Georgia Slavery and Ibo Landing

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

History of Ibo Landing, St. Simons Island, Georgia and slavery on Georgia Sea Island plantations around the Civil War. Slave descendants would later become the Gullah people.

Lorenzo Dow

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Lorenzo Dow, traveling preacher, and his legendary curse of the town of Jacksonboro, Georgia.

Winecoff Hotel Fire

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Tragic Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta, Georgia in 1946.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Boo Hag

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The Coughing Dog – Story Background

Monday, May 4th, 2009

What are urban legends?

Appalachian Christmas

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Appalachian Christmas stories, folklore, history and people.

Gullah Culture, Federal Writer’s Project (FWP) and The Plat Eye

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Gullah cultures of Sapelo Island and coastal Georgia, plus the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), a Great Depression-era federal project to fund and support writers as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Coal Mining in Appalachia

Monday, May 4th, 2009

History of coal mining in southern Appalachia.

The Town Without Death – Story Background

Monday, May 4th, 2009

“The Town Without Death” is a combination of two types of folktales told throughout the world – “No Graves” stories featuring mysterious towns without cemeteries, and “Singing Bones” stories where victims’ remains are literally singing out for justice. But “The Town Without Death” is also a story about how foolish it is to think we can cheat death, and […]

Metairie Cemetery/New Orleans Cemeteries

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Metairie Cemetery and other historic New Orleans cemeteries.

John Bennett and The Doctor to the Dead

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Biography of famed writer and folklorist John Bennett (1865-1956) who collected African-American folktales for his book “The Doctor to the Dead.”

Cajun Superstitions and Spells

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Cajun supersititons and spells to get you through the day.

Cajun Recipes and Marie Jolie Story Background

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Storyteller JJ Reneaux tells us where she heard Marie Jolie and shares some Cajun recipes!

The Promise – Story Background

Monday, May 4th, 2009

“The Promise” is similar to an old folktale from the British Isles involving two friends who make mutual promises to attend each others’ weddings.

New Orleans Sausage Ghost Story

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Sensational New Orleans murder that inspired The Sausage Ghost story.

Myrtles Plantation and Louisiana Plantations

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Haunted Myrtles Plantation, plus history of slavery on Louisiana plantations.

Jack Tales

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

“Jack Tales,” Appalachain folktales that arrived via Scots-Irish and German immigrants

Maco Light Story

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Background on the famous Maco Light and haunted train track in Maco, North Carolina.

Cherokee Native Americans in Appalachia

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

History of Cherokee Native American tribes in Appalachia.

Georgetown, South Carolina

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

City of Georgetown, on South Carolina’s “Grand Strand,” known as the “ghost capital of the South.”

Pawleys Island and Georgetown, South Caroilna

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Pawleys Island and Georgetown, South Carolina, one of the most haunted places in America.

Unicoi County and Erwin, Tennessee

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Unicoi County and Erwin, Tennessee where the “Murderous Mary” elephant hanging took place.

The Bell Witch

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The Bell Witch story, history of the Bell Family and the ghost haunting Adams, Tennessee to this day.

Ambrose Bierce

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Ambose Bierce, famed author of “The Devil’s Dictionary” and numerous short story collections.

Santa Claus Train

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Annual “Santa Claus Special” train ride through Appalachia, sponsored by CSX Transportation.

Cherokee Native Americans and Wampas Mask

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

History of Cherokee Native American tribes in Appalachia, and the legend of the Wampas Mask.

Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Civil War story of Belle Boyd, female Confederate spy.

Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Poole’s Mill Covered Bridge in Forsyth County, Georgia, one of the best-preserved covered bridges in the state.

Appalachian Mountain Culture and Ghost Stories

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Appalachian Mountain ghost stories, culture, folklore and people.

A Beloved Teacher

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Ghostly tale from coastal Georgia about a mysterious grave marker and the brave woman who lies there.

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