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Near Meadows of Dan in Floyd County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rural Life In Appalachia

 
 
Rural Life In Appalachia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
1. Rural Life In Appalachia Marker
Inscription.  Down this path you will find buildings, farm implements and other displays that document rural life in Appalachia over a period of about 100 years. Most were restored and arranged here during the 1940s and 1950s.

These displays illustrate aspects of mountain life that were colorful but not unique to Appalachia. If you grew up in other areas of rural America, you may recognize some of the things you encounter.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
 
Location. 36° 45.002′ N, 80° 24.33′ W. Marker is near Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 176). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 Mabry Mill Rd SE, Vesta VA 24177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mabry Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); A Versatile Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill Stones (about 400 feet away);
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Lumber Drying Rack (about 400 feet away); Challenges (about 400 feet away); Blacksmith Shop (about 500 feet away); Homemade Soap Recipe (about 500 feet away); Appalachian Houses (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadows of Dan.
 
Also see . . .  Mabry Mill. The sights and sounds of Rural Appalachia fill the air at Mabry Mill during summer and fall. Ed Mabry built the mill where he and his wife Lizzy ground corn, sawed lumber, and did blacksmithing for three decades. The old mill, cultural demonstrations, and a decades-long tradition of Sunday afternoon music and dancing continue to draw visitors today. (Submitted on September 5, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina.) 
 
Mabry Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
2. Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
3. Mabry Mill
Mabry Mill image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
4. Mabry Mill
Mill Run leading to the Mabry Mill waterwheel image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
5. Mill Run leading to the Mabry Mill waterwheel
Spinning Wheel exhibit image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
6. Spinning Wheel exhibit
Weave loom exhibit image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
7. Weave loom exhibit
Old rabbit trap image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
8. Old rabbit trap
Have made and used these in my younger days, long, long time ago. Sometimes you would catch something that wasn't a rabbit, then, depending on what it was, you might have to run for your life.
Work shed image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. L., June 17, 1999
9. Work shed
I believe this is and old sorghum mill. The thrasher is to the right, the long post sticking out horizontally from the right side of the picture. For those wondering, sorghum is usually a sweet molasses type syrup, similar to honey. Excerpt from Answers.com Sci-Tech Encyclopedia: Sorghum Sorghum includes many widely cultivated grasses having a variety of names in various countries. Cultivated sorghums in the United States are classified as a single species, Sorghum bicolor, although there are many varieties and hybrids. The two major types of sorghum are the grain, or nonsaccharine, type, cultivated for grain production and to a lesser extent for forage, and the sweet, or saccharine, type, used for forage production and for making syrup and sugar.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,033 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 5, 2008, by M. L. 'Mitch' Gambrell of Taylors, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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