Thursday, March 1, 2012

All things Southuhn

I was reading a couple Southern Appalachian fictions of late and came across a few things I just had to look into.
photo bMelissa Ray Davis  from

  • Guinea Fowl - click here to learn more about them and their usefulness to as pest control agents!
  • Cat Head Biscuits - click here to see a great recipe for them and explanation, and try not to let you mouth water when they mention stirring in the buttermilk or buttering em up!

Book review for Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell
I loved this book, I loved the story of the mountain people and the hard lives they led. The pages came to life as I was transported to the mountains of North Carolina, where the roots run deep. I highly recommend this book, it is a light and easy read and very enlightening. - Shellie your innkeeper

Book Description:
“A brilliant portrait of a community and a way of life long gone, a lost America.”
–Charles Frazier

Against the breathtaking backdrop of Appalachia comes a rich, multilayered post—Civil War saga of three generations of families–their dreams, their downfalls, and their faith. Cataloochee is a slice of southern Americana told in the classic tradition of Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner.

Nestled in the mountains of North Carolina sits Cataloochee. In a time when “where you was born was where God wanted you,” the Wrights and the Carters, both farming families, travel to the valley to escape the rapid growth of neighboring towns and to have a few hundred acres all to themselves. But progress eventually winds its way to Cataloochee, too, and year after year the population swells as more people come to the valley to stake their fortune. 

Never one to pass on opportunity, Ezra Banks, an ambitious young man seeking some land of his own, arrives in Cataloochee in the 1880s. His first order of business is to marry a Carter girl, Hannah, the daughter of the valley’s largest landowner. From there Ezra’s brood grows, as do those of the Carters and the Wrights. With hard work and determination, the burgeouning community transforms wilderness into home, to be passed on through generations.

But the idyll is not to last, nor to be inherited: The government takes steps to relocate folks to make room for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and tragedy will touch one of the clans in a single, unimaginable act.

Wayne Caldwell brings to life the community’s historic struggles and close kinships over a span of six decades. Full of humor, darkness, beauty, and wisdom, Cataloochee is a classic novel of place and family.

You can buy this book online here. I would lend you my copy but I am giving it to Dad to read.

Life is too short for bad coffee...Shellie your innkeeper @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount, VA - Blue Ridge Country! You can book your room online at any time right here

The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast is 15 miles to three exits off The Blue Ridge Parkway.  We are located at the half-way point of this beloved road in Virginia, exit at MP 121.  We were awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor - click here to see our certificate.