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St Paul Appalachian Heritage Fall festival

St Paul Appalachian Heritage festival 2013

Civil War soldiers, corn meal machines, clogging, and apples all combine into a wonderful Saturday morning outing.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I have been curious for a while about where you live in southwest Virginia, so I was excited to see this post and I'm assuming this is St. Paul in Wise County? My maternal grandmother was from St. Paul and my grandparents lived in Coeburn until their deaths, so I know that area well. It has always been an area that people strive to escape from, so it is encouraging to see someone like yourself injecting fresh energy into the area!
Comment by Lilly Sun Oct 20 13:46:14 2013
Lilly --- We try to keep our most specific location vague, but you're right that St. Paul is our nearest town with a grocery store. It's what I generally mean when I say I've gone to the "big city." :-) I definitely love this area and wish more people were able to make a living online from here so they didn't have to flee in search of jobs.
Comment by anna Sun Oct 20 14:56:51 2013

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