The Cursed Website! A TRUE STORY!

Yeah, well, this story involves yours truly, podcast host, and this website.

We were moving the site to another host with more capacity and in the process, SOMEBODY (HINT: HE’S TYPING THIS POST RIGHT NOW) hit the wrong button and deleted everything on the MountainLore site!

No problem, you say, just use the backup.

Hmmm. Seems the backup since redesigning the site was deleted, too, and there was no other.


We are getting everything back and hope to have most of the back episodes up soon, and will move forward with new ones. In the meantime, you can go to our Spreaker page here and listen to our entire podcast library in the meantime!

Now, let’s get back to work…

The Twisted Tree of the Witches’ Wrath

In the dark hollows of Appalachia, a tale as twisted as the branches of an ancient oak unfolds in this episode of MountainLore. We’re taking you back 150 years to a time when a grand old oak tree stood sentinel on the edge of a small town, its boughs a meeting place for a coven of witches and their moonlit rituals.  

Join us as we recount the harrowing night that left a town reeling and a traveler ensnared in legend. The Curse of the Twisted Tree is a story of vengeance, nature’s wrath, and the peril of underestimating the unseen forces that weave their way through Appalachian lore.  

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And remember, choose wisely the shade under which you rest…  

Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.

The Haunted Tavern of the River’s Bend

On this ghostly journey through the heart of Appalachia, we recount the spine-tingling tale of two brothers, Jacob and Ritchie Vail, and their fateful encounter with a haunted tavern along the Ohio River. As the brothers seek lodging one night, they stumble upon a mysterious establishment with a dark past and an even darker presence lurking within its walls.

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.

The Ghost Stalker

Bobby and Clara, together since high school, lived in a small Appalachian town, leading normal lives…until Bobby broke off their relationship to marry another woman.

There followed a chain of events that led to Bobby being tormented by a spirit from the afterworld.

That, dear listeners, is our tale this week!

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners…

The Water Witch

There are those in these mountains who have an ability to find good underground water with nothing more than two sticks or wires to guide them. Years ago a good dowser was worth his weight in gold.

Some of these folks had other abilities, which you’ll find out about in today’s tale…

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners…

The Okolona Road Exit

Interstate 26 between Johnson City and Erwin, in Tennessee, is the location for a modern-day folktale.

The story goes like this:

Many years ago there was a couple traveling along the highway that would become I-26. They left the highway at the exit to Okolona Road when their car broke down. The man decided he needed to get back on the highway so that someone would take them to a service station.
He got out of the car and started pushing it back up to the highway where it could be seen. As he was almost there, a tractor-trailer came flying up out of nowhere, destroying the car and killing the couple instantly.

Since that day, it’s said that anyone who takes the Okolona Road exit can experience something quite miraculous.
if you come down the exit, so the story goes, you can stop, put your car in neutral, and it’s said that it will roll backwards up the hill, as if someone is pushing.

Many say that while this is true, it’s not because of the supernatural, but because the exit, unlike other exits, runs slightly uphill as you exit the interstate.

Which is the real explanation? You decide!

Some Reported Witch Tales

For years stories were told in newspapers of the witchery that supposedly happened in Appalachia. From the Richmond Dispatch of June 9, 1891, comes a few stories of witches in Southwest Virginia.

Sally Slate was a witch who lived in the mountains of western Virginia. The story goes that Sally, who had achieved a sort of fame in those parts for practicing the black arts, had decided to turn her neighbor’s worker into a horse, upon which she rode around foraging for food.

This worker, named Caesar, was an African American man from Georgia who had come north to work for Sally’s neighbor. His story was that the same night he arrived in Virginia Sally came to visit him. According to Caesar he was greeted by an old woman with a red beard and a hump on her back. She ordered him to get up and he promptly did so. This surprised him as he was not accustomed to taking orders from strangers. He said she jumped on his back and off they went into a cornfield, over fences and then up a shaft of moonlight all while she filled a yellow sack with corn. They then went to a house where they were greeted by a yardful of black cats that “meowed us a welcome.” Sally then pulled out a blacksnake whip and hit Caesar with it and told him to scat, which he did. When he got home he found he was a human being again.

When Caesar told his boss what had happened, he also said all that nighttime activity had worn him out and he asked to not have to work that day.

Another witch was Lidy Hughes, who lived in the county poorhouse. She had gotten there after she had supposedly caused the death of a cow. The cow’s owner, apparently a witch doctor, had drawn Lidy’s portrait on a piece of paper with the juice of a plant root. He then tacked the picture on a beech tree and shot it with a silver bullet, right in the hip. The next day Lidy was unable to walk, favoring that hip, and hence unable to take care of herself, which is why she was in the poorhouse.

There were reports that the animals at the poorhouse (which was more of a farm than an old folks home) were deathly afraid of Lidy. The old woman could scatter an entire flock of sheep, it was said, by simply standing in the door of her cabin and pointing her cane at them, from as far away as a half a mile.

Finally there is the story of Sally Friddly. This Sally kept a linen towel behind her closet door. When she was in need of some milk she would take her milk pail and drop a silver dollar in it. Then she would go and get that towel and, while holding it, would repeat this hex:

The milk for her
The cream for me
Saw, Brownie, saw.

And then her bucket would fill with her neighbor’s cow’s milk.

Being a considerate witch, Sally would only do this once every couple of weeks.

Breaking The Witch’s Spell

About a hundred years ago, according to newspaper accounts of the time, a young boy outside Bluefield, West Virginia, had a strange encounter with what apparently was a witch but was saved by his father’s quick thinking.

Today we tell that tale.

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners.

The Devil’s Guard Dog

Many years ago two men headed out to bring some shine to a friend of theirs that lived on a Kentucky mountain.

They never made it there, thanks to the biggest, baddest-looking devil dog they had ever encountered.

Today we tell that story.

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Sweet dreams, y’all!

Appalachia’s Slavemaster From Hell

Over 160 years ago the historic Rotherwood Mansion in Kingsport, Tennessee, was sold to Joshua Phipps. Phipps property used slave labor, which he cruelly abused. In the end, though, it’s said he was paid back for all eternity for the abuse he gave out during his life.

Today we tell that tale from Appalachia.

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Sweet dreams, podcast listeners…