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Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
5:24 AM

Post #4350509


I really enjoyed this article. I have been picking the brains of the locals here in eastern Ky since I moved here for just such information. I poke around in the woods seeing what I can find. I am still hoping to uncover some ramps and some fiddle head mushrooms.

How are you doing since the MVA? Hope you are well and that your Christmas and New Year celebrations went well.

Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2008
10:33 AM

Post #4350749

What an interesting article. I'm going to forward this one to one of my Master Gardener classmates who is very interested in herbal remedies and all things associated with this subject. Lots of great information and kudos to the folks that were smart enough to see that this is a heritage that needed to be protected and preserved.
london England
United Kingdom

January 2, 2008
11:52 AM

Post #4350800

Melody, Thankyou for this interesting artical and information on herbs.
I used to love the Beverly Hillbilies!! It's not on here anymore.
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

January 2, 2008
12:33 PM

Post #4350868

Fascinating article, some I knew about but not all of them. This was great, thanks.
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2008
1:11 PM

Post #4350933

I agree with CajuninKy ~ moved to this rural backwoods area 35+ years ago and love the heritage of it. The plants, their names and uses were new and unique to me. Digging deeper and IDing the plants makes me realize that this is the same type of area that you wrote of in the Ozarks. Most interesting and a place I would love to tour. Thank you! pod
Southeast, NE
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2008
2:32 PM

Post #4351122

Great job, Melody. Jimmy Driftwood was a friend of my father's, but I didn't know anything about the Folk Center. We may have to take a vacation to Mountain View. My dad has been gone 20 years, but my mother and I would love to see it! I'm sending your article to her.


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2008
3:21 PM

Post #4351295

Thanks everyone!

We go to Mt. View every October for my DH to play music with his friends from all over the country. We've been meeting there for the past 12 years.

We had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy a couple of years before he passed away. A nice fellow, and a true gentleman. Jimmy Driftwood's Music Barn is still having shows. Anyone can sign up to play. It's a big barn with a stage. No admission is charged, but an offering plate is passed, just like church, and the proceeds go toward paying utilities and upkeep. Jimmy's awards and Grammys are there also.

We love the town and the people of the area. It's one of our favorite places to go when we want to get away. Progress has come to Mt. View during the time that we've been going, but it's still such a small, friendly place where the locals are eager to share their hospitality and way of life.

Here's a link to information about the area.

There was so much information that I gathered for this article, it was impossible to fit it all in this article. From the gracious ladies at the Folk Center who described what it was like growing up in the area, to the ladies at the Mt. View Chamber Of Commerce, who were so helpful.

I hope I wrote this article in an informed and respectful way, and I'm glad that ya'll enjoyed it.


January 2, 2008
6:50 PM

Post #4351940

Melody, I love reading anything about herbs - this was a great article!

North Augusta, SC

January 2, 2008
6:51 PM

Post #4351946

Great article, about two weeks ago my husband and I developed a stomach virus. Obviously, we share everything. lol
Anyway, to make a long story short, the 'medical' doctor prescribed something for the nausea but we continued to feel terrible. After quite enough of the vomiting and the irritated bowel, I went in search of goldenseal. The goldenseal worked like a charm and my husband returned to work feeling much, much better. Thanks for the article. Sometimes when I use herbs for various ailments, he look at me as though I'm a quack or sometthing. I know what I know and I know goldenseal works. Again, thanks for the article. I would love to visit the Ozarks.


Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #4352755

Very interesting Melody. There is certainly much that modern medicine can learn from the herbal practitioners. Thanks.
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 3, 2008
2:20 AM

Post #4353717

Great article Melody!! A part two would be a great addition to this one if you ever get the chance to do one. I loved reading about the uses of the herbs.


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

January 3, 2008
3:28 PM

Post #4355918

I have enough information for a couple of more articles.Hopefully, during the year, I'll be able to tell ya''ll some more about the area.

Thanks for the compliments, the story was a joy to write.


Lamar, AR
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2008
11:19 PM

Post #4372755

I enjoyed this article very much! I'm proud to be a hillbilly from south of Harrison. When I lived up there I'd goto Mt. Home occasionally. My parents were raised in the hills & my daddy's love of wild things was passed to me. I used to roam the woods in search for plants to add to my collection to enjoy. I yearn for the green tang of Poke on my palate & the sweet, heady fragrance of fresh Sassafrass tea steeping in a my favorite tea cup! One day I hope to be able to return & I hope I'm able to have another yard full of lovely wild things!

~*~ Suenell
Santa Fe, NM

January 8, 2008
9:02 PM

Post #4376501

Thanx. Good article and hope to read more about local herbs from all over the U.S.

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