Holidays in Appalachia

Happy 4th of July from the Blind Pig Gang

field of small flags

I pledge allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the republic for which it stands

one nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.


Happy 4th of July from everyone here at the Blind Pig house.

Follow the links below to read about a few of the Patriots who helped in the founding of our great country (written by Ethelene Dyer Jones):

*William England and son Richard England Revolutionary War Patriots

*Revolutionary War Patriots Stephen Souther and William Souther

*Private Michael Tanner (1759-1849) Revolutionary War Soldier Buried in Old Choestoe Cemetery


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    July 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Many of the graves in my little town’s old cemeteries have flags in metal holders near the stones signifying a veteran is buried there, and many of those stones have dates that show the person was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Every time I have to go to Town Hall to pay a tax bill or renew a license, I try to take a few minutes to walk among the graves at the adjacent cemetery and think about these people and what their lives may have been like. I’ll never know, of course, but I believe it’s good to ponder these things.

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    July 4, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    We are truly a Blessed Nation, and there are those who recognize it and sadly those who don’t and seem to do everything they can to bring it down, May God continue to Bless this great Nation and protect what he has so Graciously Given us and for those who are and have sacrificed so much.

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    David Strange
    July 4, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Will there come a time in this country when the sentiments expressed in this pledge will not describe the beliefs of the majority of people who live in this country. A fear of God and a love for His people and the worship of Jesus Christ must exist if we call ourselves a nation under God’s rule and protection. Most all Nations can not call themselves part of the Kingdom of God that our Lord preached of while he was on earth before returning to His Heavenly Kingdom. I wonder how many there are who really love what is said there.

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    Jerry w Putnam
    July 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Thank the LORD for the opportunity to able to be here on this great day. Lots of sunshine fresh air and HOT temperature. The LORD has blessed us to be in this great nation and we to celebrate this fine day with food, fun and fireworks.
    Great day for hot dogs and watermelon, sweet ice tea and home made lemon aide and for dessert, a big fresh peach cobbler, from the first peaches from my tree.
    May GOD bless you and yours and have a great day.

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    Ken Roper
    July 4, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Happy Independence Day to all.

    One of the hardest things I ever had to do was Bury Ole Copper. Me and Harold went across the footlog, carrying Copper, and his boys went with us. Copper came from Vilas, near Boone, N.C. from the Brown Family where Bud found his wife, Betty Jo . They had a bunch of Mountain Fiests, so Bud and Jo brought we should have one. Copper had a brown spot between his front legs, near his Heart, the rest of him was Black as a lump of Coal.

    Jack and Bob were his Sons, Jack was Harold’s and Bob was mine. Bob could climb a sloping tree, and that’s the truth. Daddy would put an ole Posseum, that he caught the night before, at the base of a sloping tree to get it started climbing, and call the dogs. Ole Bob would shimmy up and knock the ole Posseum out, where the rest of the dogs were waiting. Only trouble is, Bob didn’t know how to get down, that’s where I came in and coaxed the dog down where I could catch him as he jumped.

    Copper was Daddy’s dog, and as me and Harold dug the hole in the ground, Jack and Bob waited patiently to see what we were going to do with their Daddy. We tried 2 or 3 times to bury Copper, but Jack and Bob pulled their dad out as fast as they could. (They can’t show Tears, but don’t tell me a Dog doesn’t have feelings.) They had me and Harold crying like babies, until we reached down and held them. We used Kind words to Comfort ’em. In a day or two they were alright.

    Jack and Bob were smart as a whip, you could see a varmint and Point at it, the dogs would look down your arm and go do away with it. And Harold later drove a School Bus and Jack would carry his gloves all the way to the house. Jack and Bob would bark if they got locked inside too.

    These stories of our Mountain Fiests are true. …Ken

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    Garland Davis
    July 4, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day everyone!

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    Allison B
    July 4, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Happy 4th of July to you all!
    Good reading of History to begin celebrating a few Patriots behind Independence Day…enjoyed.

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    July 4, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Thanks to Ethelene for all the research and history. History courses in school were very lacking, as there was no personal connection–mostly just boring facts. I love reading history where the characters are brought to life. Happy 4th to everyone, and may we pause to remember the significance of the celebration.

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    Cheryl Smith
    July 4, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Happy 4th of July from our family to yours, also, Tipper!

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    Ron Stephens
    July 4, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Today is America’s 243rd birthday. Happy birthday America and a blessed day for all the Acorns of the BP&A folks. (I had been wondering what our name was but Tipper had it in her June summary email.)

    I wonder what folks alive in 1776 would think of America today and how that would compare to what they hoped and expected then. They risked so much and gave so much to give us our start. The signers of the Declaration knew that if caught they would be hung for treason.

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    Aaron Patterson
    July 4, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Just last night I attended a wonderful fireworks display up in Wilkes County. Lots of flags and patriotic clothing being worn. Unfortunately there were way too many protest shirts and basically anti American crap being worn roo. Small town America has come to this ? Sad.

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