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IMG_2047-This log cabin is one of dozens of structures that have been moved to the site—most of which have been beautifully restored and decorated.

Schoolhouse interior.

Schoolhouse interior.

IMG_2016  IMG_2031 IMG_2033“what?”IMG_2040-The more rarely seen members of the peacock flock.IMG_2036-All buildings are accompanied by stories of their colorful inhabitants. For example, this still was actually in use until quite recently. It was built here by “the notorious Popcorn Sutton”, a lifelong moonshiner. He last made whiskey here in 2003, but despite warnings, passed out “tasting samples” to visitors during a demonstration. When authorities told Popcorn he must cease and desist, he indignantly packed up his gear and went home.IMG_2007 -Inside the “Display Barn” are piles of crafts, instruments, toys, and tools made by Appalachian people, often accompanied by hand-written histories of the items and the people who made them.IMG_2005-recreation general store in the “Display Barn.”IMG_2006-The strange work of Cedar Creek Charlie, who covered every surface of his home in polkadots. This apparently included his own clothes, which he liked to wear while greeting Sunday visitors on his front porch.IMG_2009From the 1940’s until his death in 1988, Henry Harrison Mayes–an Appalachian coal miner–created these 1,400 pound concrete signs, which he placed along highways across America.  Apparently, before his death he mapped out a plan to place his crosses on every corner of the globe…and throughout the solar system. Many of the signs at the museum have instructions to “place this cross on Saturn” or “place this cross in Egypt.” Apparently they have yet to make it that far. IMG_2049-A herd of goats, accompanied by an authentic Appalachian cantilever barn in the background.

These are our people. They are world renowned, unknown, famous, infamous, interesting,diverse, different, but above all, they are a warm, colorful and jolly lot, in love with our land, our mountains, and our culture. May their memories ever be preserved—not so much in reverence to them but as a gift to us and to generations to come.”

—John Rice Irwin, Museum Founder.


For More information on the Museum of Appalachia, visit http://museumofappalachia.org.