‘Fire up 611’

Norfolk & Western’s “611” steam locomotive is part of railroad history and legend, a powerful engine that could pull a train at 100 miles per hour and had to power to traverse the steep tracks of the Blue Ridge.

Tragic family history

A tragic piece of family history surfaced following the screening of “Crooked,” the documentary about The Crooked Road and the history of old-time traditional music in our area. Mac Traynham, a musician and instrument maker who is among those featured in the film, played an old song written by D.M. Shank as a hymn and […]