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Maryellen Kennedy Duckett

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In my family, as in many others, your birthday means you get to decide what’s for dinner—the midday and main meal of the day. more

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Picnic time

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For the Garland family of Maryville, Tennessee, summer Sundays in the late 1950s and early 1960s meant picnic-time in the Smokies. more

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Celebrate the season—and the creativity of Southern Appalachia—at one or more of these markets, fairs, and arts communities. more

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Knoxville celebrates its 225th birthday this October. I’ve lived here since 1984. You’d think the place wouldn’t hold too many secrets left for me to discover. Or at least that’s what I thought. more

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Clingmans secret tunnel

Deb Campbell

Hikers, outdoorsmen, photographers, and locals reveal their favorite treasures of “the back of beyond”—from secluded trails and fishing streams to quiet overlooks and picnic spots. more

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In K25

American Museum of Science and Energy photo

In 1942, the Hendrix family farm was among the 59,000 acres the government purchased to rapidly construct the “Secret City” of Oak Ridge. The massive, top-secret undertaking displaced the roughly 1,000 rural families who lived in Bear Creek Valley. more

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Every homemade quilt tells a story. The “words”—including the fabric, pattern, style, and stitching—reveal clues about where, when, how, and, in many cases, why the quilt was made. more

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Take Better Nature Photos

Caleb Carlton Photo

Discover a school or program where you can unplug from your typical routine and unleash your inner mountain master. more

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Blacksmithing

John C. Campbell Folk School Photo

The “School of Appalachia” isn’t a single place. It’s an open invitation to retreat into the mountains to think, to learn, to collaborate, and to create. more

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