• From Hazy Creek to Peachtree Creek -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps for this site are based on U.S.G.S. topographic quads and were notated in field interviews conducted between 1994 and 1999. Dave Bailey, Woody Boggs, Ben Burnside, Ed Cantley, Tony Dickens, Paul Fitzwater, Ivan Jarrell, Ricky Meadows, Howard Miller, Elbert Pettry, Wesley Scarbrough, and Rocky Turner helped fill out the quads with local names, and their accounts of places and origins of names ...

  • "Like a Thief Through the Air" -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Discourses of Forest Decline In beer joints and living rooms, on porches and ridgetops, one hears people talking about a forest on the wane. "The men that like to hunt and be out ginsenging and will be all over the woods," said Robert Allen, of Peachtree Creek. "I've heard a lot of them talk about the way the timber is falling and dying out." ...

  • Dry Creek -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps for this site are based on U.S.G.S. topographic quads and were notated in field interviews conducted between 1994 and 1999. Dave Bailey, Woody Boggs, Ben Burnside, Ed Cantley, Tony Dickens, Paul Fitzwater, Ivan Jarrell, Ricky Meadows, Howard Miller, Elbert Pettry, Wesley Scarbrough, and Rocky Turner helped fill out the quads with local names, and their accounts of places and origins of names ...

  • Horse Creek -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps for this site are based on U.S.G.S. topographic quads and were notated in field interviews conducted between 1994 and 1999. Dave Bailey, Woody Boggs, Ben Burnside, Ed Cantley, Tony Dickens, Paul Fitzwater, Ivan Jarrell, Ricky Meadows, Howard Miller, Elbert Pettry, Wesley Scarbrough, and Rocky Turner helped fill out the quads with local names, and their accounts of places and origins of names ...

  • Rock Creek -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps for this site are based on U.S.G.S. topographic quads and were notated in field interviews conducted between 1994 and 1999. Dave Bailey, Woody Boggs, Ben Burnside, Ed Cantley, Tony Dickens, Paul Fitzwater, Ivan Jarrell, Ricky Meadows, Howard Miller, Elbert Pettry, Wesley Scarbrough, and Rocky Turner helped fill out the quads with local names, and their accounts of places and origins of names ...

  • Ramp Talk -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The Cultural Landscape of Hazy Creek Many of the ramps for this year's ramp supper came from Hazy Creek, a long, lush, meandering hollow that hooks around Shumate's Branch like a sheltering arm. Hundreds of people lived at the mouth of Hazy in the 1940s when the coal town of Edwight was the bustling hub of the river between Whitesville and Glen Daniel. Though ...

  • Headwaters of the Big Coal River -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps for this site are based on U.S.G.S. topographic quads and which were notated in field interviews conducted between 1994 and 1999. Dave Bailey, Woody Boggs, Ben Burnside, Ed Cantley, Tony Dickens, Paul Fitzwater, Ivan Jarrell, Ricky Meadows, Howard Miller, Elbert Pettry, Wesley Scarbrough, and Rocky Turner helped fill out the quads with local names, and their accounts of places and origins of ...

  • The Commons -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    There is a story in these figures of a vernacular cultural domain that transcends state boundaries. Anchoring this domain is a geographical space, a de facto commons roughly congruent with two physiographic regions recognized in national discourse. One is the coal fields underlying the ginseng, most of which are controlled by absentee landholders. The other is the mixed mesophytic forest, known among ecologists as ...

  • Stalking the Wily Seng -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Though in biological terms ginseng is properly flora, in the ginsengers' world it behaves like fauna. Ginseng is not merely "harvested," it is "hunted," and rare six-, seven-, and eight-prong specimens are coveted like twelve-point bucks. There is an agency assigned to ginseng unparalleled among the many plants valued on Coal River. "It hides away from man with seeming intelligence," wrote Arthur Harding in ...

  • Historical Maps of the Study Area -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    The maps, below, illustrate different historical stages in the exploration and development of coalfields in the areas where the collection materials were gathered. The earliest period, which Appalachian historians (Dunaway, Rasmussen, Salstrom) term "the engrossment," took place during the Federalist Era, when wealthy politicians were awarded land grants of hundreds of thousands of acres apiece. This map, by George Washington, of the eight survey ...

    • Date: 1999
  • Notes -- Tending the Commons: Folklife and Landscape in Southern West Virginia

    Since 1978 the U.S. Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service has tracked the certification of ginseng for export under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Ginseng is listed in Appendix II. (Return to Text) Ginseng can be cultivated, and in fact cultivated ginseng comprises more than 90 percent of American ginseng exports (ASPI Bulletin ...