On August 24, 2019, from noon to 8 p.m., Appalachian Heritage Day will transpire at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College's Logan Campus in Mt. Gay, WV. The event will celebrate Appalachian history, culture, economic development, and tourism. Regional authors, guest speakers, scholars, and musicians will be featured throughout the day. The event is free to the public. THANK YOU to the Logan County Commission and the Hatfield-McCoy CVB for sponsoring this event!
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The host town for Appalachian Heritage Day 2019 is Logan, WV. Established in the 1820s as Lawsonville, later Lawnsville, the town became known as Aracoma in the 1850s. Originally a trading post in the mid-section of the Guyandotte Valley, the town became an important timber town. Popularly known as Logan Court House for much of the 1800s, the town officially became Logan after 1900. The arrival of the C&O Railroad in 1904 remade Logan as a coal center.
The town is rich in history. Native American history, symbolized by the story of Aracoma, can be found here. Well-known antebellum poet Thomas Dunn English served as mayor in the 1850s. Devil Anse Hatfield once operated a hotel in town. Elias Hatfield, father of governor Henry D. Hatfield, lived here. Controversial sheriff Don Chafin, best known for his role in the Mine Wars, was a Loganite. Heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey was reared in Logan area. Numerous well-known musicians have lived in the vicinity: Frank Hutchison, Ed Haley, and Aunt Jennie Wilson, to name a few.
Today's Logan and adjoining communities are complimented by vibrant theatrical programs, Chief Logan State Park, the Coalfield Jamboree, Old City Cemetery, the Don Chafin House, Country Roads Byway Visitor Center, Historic Omar, Historic Holden, the Hatfield Cemetery, and the Blair Mountain battle site. Just beyond Logan is Chapmanville, home of the Kanawha Gap Civil War battle site, and Man, site of the Buffalo Creek Flood disaster. Outdoor recreation opportunities center on the Hatfield-McCoy ATV Trail System and kayaking on the Guyandotte River.
Dedication: Aunt Jennie Wilson
Aunt Jennie Wilson
Virginia Myrtle Ellis “Aunt Jennie” Wilson (February 9, 1900-March 2, 1992) was a Logan County traditional musician, considered a master of clawhammer-style banjo playing. The daughter of Huey Brian and Cinderella Lockard Ellis, she was born near Henlawson, West Virginia. She married James Wilson but was widowed in 1939 when he was killed in a mine accident.
Wilson’s musical talent was discovered by folklorist Patrick Gainer of West Virginia University in 1958, and she became a favorite of folk festival audiences until her death. She recorded her best songs for the Library of Congress and was featured on record albums, including A Portrait of Aunt Jennie Wilson, produced by Billy Edd Wheeler. She left behind recorded interviews about her early life and the folk customs of Logan County.
Known for her vivid personality as well as her music, she was fond of saying, ‘‘Don’t take more on your head than you can kick off your heels,’’ meaning one should enjoy life to the utmost, which she did. She often played music with her grandson, Roger Bryant, and inspired other musicians to learn the clawhammer style. She was a recipient of the 1984 Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folk-life honor, for lifetime achievement in traditional music.
Written by Robert K. Spence
for the West Virginia Encyclopedia Project
Schedule of Events
Campus opens at 7 AM
Participants set up 10 AM to 12 PM
BLDG A, RM 120 GUEST SPEAKER/ARTISAN PRESENTATION ROOM
12:00-12:30 Craig Ferrell: “The Art of Flintknapping and Stone Tool Replication”
12:30-1:00 Eric Simon: “Appalachian Lost and Found”
1:00-2:00 Jerrill Vance: “Appalachian Furniture and the Appalachian Heritage Woodshop”
2:00-2:30 Billie Johnson: “Virginia Ricketts”
2:30-3:00 Ernest Blevins: “Civil War Monuments”
3:00-4:00 James Baldwin: “The History of the Baldwin-Felts Agency and the Massacre at
4:00-4:30 James Baldwin: “The Shooting of Sid Hatfield”
4:30-5:00 Ralph Triplett: Images of America: Lincoln County
BLDG A, RM 121 SCHOLAR PRESENTATION ROOM
12:00-1:00 Robert Thompson: “Rebel Bill Smith and Regional Civil War Officers”
1:00-2:00 Brandon Kirk: “The Lincoln County Feud”
2:00-3:00 Dr. Paul Rakes: “’Meanest County in the Nation’: Fayette’s Coal Mining
3:00-4:00 Dr. Charles Keeney: “The Mine Wars Museum and Heritage Tourism in the
4:00-5:00 Dr. Chris Green: “Voice: Renaissance and Revolution”
BLDG C, RM 202 AUTHOR PRESENTATION ROOM
12:00-1:00 Mack Samples: 23 Shots
1:00-2:00 Cat Pleska: “Fearless: Appalachia Women and Inspiration from the #MeToo
2:00-3:00 Carter Taylor Seaton: “Hippie Homesteaders”
3:00-4:00 Laura Treacy Bentley: “Come Walk with Me: An Irish-American Pilgrimage”
4:00-5:00 Carter Taylor Seaton: "The Rebel in the Red Jeep"
BLDG A, OLD BOOKSTORE AUTHOR READING ROOM
12:00-12:30 Gwendolyn Mason: Readings from Selected Works
12:30-1:00 Billie Johnson: “An Introduction to Apple Grove: The Ultimate Town for
1:00-1:30 Sandy Litteral: Readings from Selected Works
1:30-2:00 M. Lynne Squires: Urban Appalachia
2:00-2:30 INTERMISSION: OPEN MIC!!
2:30-3:00 Cat Pleska: Riding on Comets
3:00-3:30 Laura Treacy Bentley: Readings
3:30-4:00 Brenda Boylan: Heritage, Art, Process
4:00-4:30 Juanita Mays: Readings from Selected Works
4:30-5:00 Sarah Andreas: Leadership and Women Who Ride Bikes
BLDG A, RM 122 GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
2:00-3:00 Logan County Genealogy Society: “Researching Your Appalachian Roots”
3:00-3:30 Hester Baisden Hodges: “John Smith Baisden and His Descendants”
3:30-5:00 Logan County Genealogy Society: “Researching Your Appalachian Roots”
BLDG A, RM 123 WRITERS’ WORKSHOP
2:00-3:00 Lillie Teeters: “Connecting to Your Appalachian Heritage”
3:00-4:00 Lillie Teeters: “Connecting to Your Appalachian Heritage”
4:00-5:00 Lillie Teeters: “Connecting to Your Appalachian Heritage”
BLDG A, RM 212 MOUNTAIN DULCIMER WORKSHOP
12:00-1:30 David O’Dell
BLDG A, RM 212 OLD-TIME FIDDLE WORKSHOP
3:00-4:30 Bobby Taylor
BLDG A, RM 218 BLUEGRASS FIDDLE WORKSHOP
1:30-3:00 Buddy Griffin
BLDG A, RM 259 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
1:30-3:00 Roger Bryant
BLDG A, RM 259 OLD-TIME BANJO WORKSHOP
3:00-4:30 Kim Johnson and Cody Jordan
BLDG A, RM 204 PAST PRESENTERS I (VIDEO)
Patchwork: A Conversation with Roger Bryant and Aunt Jennie Wilson (1979) 1 hour
Patchwork: The Hatfields and McCoys: A Conversation with Otis K. Rice (1979) 32 minutes
Thunder Along the Guyandot: Explosive Excavation for the R.D. Bailey Dam (n.d.) 28 minutes
Images of Appalachia: Fact, Fiction, Folklore: Denise Giardina (1991) 53 minutes
Images of Appalachia: History and Humor: Lon Savage (1992) 43 minutes
Medicinal Plants of Southern Appalachia: Dr. Rebecca S. Linger (2009) 43 minutes
A Lecture by Wyline Dial on the Language of Appalachia (1978) 40 minutes
BLDG A, RM 205 PAST PRESENTERS II (VIDEO)
An Interview with Jimmy Wolford (2012) 53 minutes
Images of Appalachia: Fact, Fiction, Folklore: Otis Rice (1991) 54 minutes
Images of Appalachia: Ronald D. Eller (1995) 59 minutes
Images of Appalachia: Steam, Steel, and Stars: Timothy R. Hensley (1993) 65 minutes
Archeology in Southern West Virginia with Ron Moxley (1983) 79 minutes
SAVAS-KOSTAS THEATER (BLDG A)
Bill Hairston, emcee
Webb Twins String Band
Bill Hairston: Storytelling and emcee
Elaine Purkey: Labor Songs
Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club
Bill Hairston, emcee
Mack Samples and the Samples Brothers Band
IN FRONT OF BUILDING A FOOD VENDORS
BLDG A, MAIN HALLWAY AUTHOR TABLES
Laura Treacy Bentley
Carter Taylor Seaton
BLDG A, MAIN HALLWAY INFORMATION TABLES
Goldenseal magazine (Joseph Aluise)
West Virginia State Archives and History (WV State Historian Joe Geiger)
Battle of Kanawha Gap artifacts (Vinny Mendez)
West Virginia Mine Wars Museum (Kenzie and the traveling display)
Sticks (Lillie Teeters)
United Daughters of the Confederacy (Billie Johnson)
Guyandotte Water Trail (Christy Bailey)
National Coal Heritage Authority (Christy Bailey)
West Virginia Humanities Council (Eric Waggoner and Victoria Paul)
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp A.G. Jenkins (Roger Casey)
Appalachia Book Company (Natalie Axton)
Jenny Wiley State Park (Emily Lawson)
Sons of the American Revolution (Andrew Bragg)
Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club (Helena Lee)
Appalachian Heritage Woodshop (Jerrill Vance)
To reach the host site from Charleston, follow 119 South to Logan and exit onto Route 73, making a right onto Mud Fork Road.
To reach the host site from Huntington, follow Route 10 South to Chapmanville, then access 119 South to Logan and exit onto Route 73, making a right onto Mud Fork Road.
To reach the host site from Williamson, follow 119 North to Logan and exit onto Route 73, making a right onto Mud Fork Road.
To reach the host site from Pineville, follow Route 10 North to Logan, then proceed on Route 73, making a left onto Mud Fork Road.
Persons who are part of the program should park behind Building A. General attendants should park in front of Building A, in front of or beside of Building C, or beside of Building B.
Attendants who seek lodging for the event will find several options, particularly the Chief Logan State Park Lodge, Candlewood Suites Logan, Holiday Inn Express Logan, and Best Western Logan Inn. The surrounding area offers cabin rentals. Access to Logan is greatly enhanced by Corridor G (Route 119), a four-lane highway linking Charleston, WV, and Pikeville, KY.