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Near Hillsville in Carroll County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Puckett Cabin

 
 
Puckett Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2008
1. Puckett Cabin Marker
Inscription.  Born in 1837, “Aunt” Orelena Hawks Puckett lived here during the latter of her 102 years. She was often heard to say, “The forest was green when I was a-born and I'm green yet.” A bride at 16, Puckett and her husband first farmed below nearby Groundhog Mountain.

Mrs. Puckett was past age 50 when she began a long career of midwifery. She assisted at the births of more than 1000 babies, delivering the last in 1939, the year she died. It has been said she never lost a child or mother through her own fault. Ironically, none of Mrs. Puckett’s own 24 children lived beyond infancy.

Regardless of weather, “Aunt” Orelena went wherever and whenever called. Sometimes on horseback, often walking, the midwife brought assurance and kindness to all she visited. When she began her practice around 1890 her fee was one dollar, and “when times was good,” six dollars. Often receiving food or other goods in lieu of money, she generously shared all she had with neighbors or those in need. Today, Orelena Puckett is remembered in this area for her witty, cheerful personality, as well as for her unselfish
Marker photograph: ”Aunt” Orelena Puckett with Maxwell Dale Hawks, the last child she delivered image. Click for full size.
2. Marker photograph: ”Aunt” Orelena Puckett with Maxwell Dale Hawks, the last child she delivered
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and skillful practice as a midwife.
 
Erected by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 36° 38.582′ N, 80° 32.82′ W. Marker is near Hillsville, Virginia, in Carroll County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 190), 2.3 miles north of Willis Gap Road (State Highway 771), on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in front of, and overlooking, the subject cabin. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsville VA 24343, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Grave of William Letcher (approx. 5.2 miles away); The William Letcher Grave (approx. 5.2 miles away); Stuart Well (approx. 5.2 miles away); William Letcher (approx. 5.3 miles away); Life after William Letcher (approx. 5.3 miles away); Finding William Letcher's Home (approx. 5.3 miles away); William A. Mitchell Family (approx. 5.3 miles away); The Dellenback Family (approx. 5.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Puckett Cabin. The Puckett cabin on Groundhog Mountain is easily viewed from the Parkway. It is a historic site that stands in tribute to the legendary midwife Orlean Hawks Puckett,
Puckett Cabin Marker (<i>wide view from pull-out; Puckett cabin in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2008
3. Puckett Cabin Marker (wide view from pull-out; Puckett cabin in background)
who to many symbolizes the strength of the Appalachian woman. Orlean Hawks Puckett had little formal education and married at 16. In her own young adulthood, she gave birth to and lost twenty-four children. Many were stillborn, and the rest died in infancy. Several theories exist today about why Orlean’s body was unable to carry a pregnancy to term, but her losses are particularly striking when placed next to the 1,000-plus babies she successfully delivered as a midwife. When Orlean was in her 50s, a neighbor went into labor and no doctor could be found. This began her career as a midwife... (Submitted on October 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Puckett Cabin (<i>southwest corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2008
4. Puckett Cabin (southwest corner)
Puckett Cabin (<i>southeast corner</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2008
5. Puckett Cabin (southeast corner)
Puckett Cabin (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 2, 2008
6. Puckett Cabin (wide view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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