Sun. Nov 27th, 2022

This week on Inside Appalachia, we discuss to podcaster Abe Partridge a couple of uniquely Appalachian artwork — the spiritual music heard in snake-handling church buildings.

We additionally journey to southern West Virginia and discuss actual property. The Itmann Coal Firm Retailer constructing is up on the market, and the proprietor’s in search of a purchaser who appreciates its historical past. And, it’s searching season. We go to with ladies who tan deer hides – utilizing animal brains.

You’ll hear these tales and extra this week, Inside Appalachia.

In This Episode:

New Worlds Of Music

Snake dealing with church buildings have lengthy fascinated folks, however the tradition of those church buildings is way broader than some would think about and nonetheless not very effectively understood. Additionally they play a method of Appalachian music that’s largely gone undocumented. That music is the topic of a brand new podcast known as “Alabama Astronaut.”

Reporter Zack Harold just lately spoke with co-host Abe Partridge about how a challenge meant to doc this music ended up being about an entire lot extra.

Historical past For Sale

Loads of mountain communities try to inject new life by redeveloping their historic buildings. An instance is the Itmann Firm Retailer, in-built Wyoming County, West Virginia within the Twenties from native sandstone.

However the mines in Itmann closed within the mid-80s, and the constructing fell into disuse and neglect.

Now, there’s a brand new push to promote the outdated firm retailer, which wants intensive repairs. The brand new proprietor is seeking to promote for $500,000 per constructing that only in the near past was valued at $25,000.

Jessica Lilly spoke with realtor and historian David Sibray about promoting a neighborhood landmark that’s listed on the Nationwide Register for Historic Locations.

Fingers On Expertise

Tanning hides for garments, blankets, footwear, for every kind of issues goes again millennia, however over time some tanning methods have turn out to be much less frequent — like mind tanning.

Because it seems, ladies in Appalachia are reclaiming the apply. Clara Haizlett, a mind tanner herself, introduced us the story.


Our theme music is by Matt Jackfert. Different music this week was offered by The Coots Duo, The Firm Shops and John Inghram.

Invoice Lynch is our producer. Our govt producer is Eric Douglas. Kelley Libby is our editor. Our audio mixer is Patrick Stephens. Zander Aloi additionally helped produce this episode.

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