Author: Chad Thompson

In today's episode of the podcast, I am joined by 'Round the Mountain Artisan Henri de Hahn to talk about his life of traveling, settling in the region, and his hand-carved, hand-painted snakes. Henri was such a fun quest to speak with on the interpretations of art, various mediums, and how the materials often determine the art. If you would like to learn more about Henri and his work, be sure to view his website here. If you...

Today's episode continues the Franklin County Moonshine Heritage month episodes. Today we chat with Franklin County Tourism Director, David Rotenizer, Bethany Worley Director of the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, and Karen Dillion Editor of the Franklin News-Post. In this episode, we talk about what events visitors can expect to participate in during Moonshine Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of moonshine heritage in Franklin County. Two larger events of interest include a themed car show around...

In today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia podcast, I take the show to the Moonshine Capital of Franklin County, Virginia. I am joined by Franklin County Tourism Director, David Rotenizer, Twin Creeks Distillery, and Laws Choice. This special edition episode takes a deep dive into SWVA Moonshine's history with stories of the past. Sit back as we talk about the days of prohibition, bootlegging, and homemade moonshine production. We also take a look at...

In today's special edition episode, we dive into the history of Holston Mountain Artisans located in Abingdon, Virginia. Formed in 1971, Holston Mountain Artisans has spent the last 50 years helping artisans within a 75-mile radius of Abingdon, Virginia. Originally located at the Cave House Craft Shop on main street, Holston Mountain is now located in the old Washington County Jail on Park Street.  Today I was joined by Kathy, Eric, Rees, and Sara   To learn more...

This week on the podcast, I spoke with Micah Davidson of Midwood Entertainment about music and events in Southwest Virginia. Micah and I went into detail about his role at events at the Harvester (A Crooked Road Venue) and his involvement with the annual Bristol Rythm and Roots Reunion. We shared stories of music and our childhood, the history of music and SWVA, and laughs about our graying hair. To learn more about Micah and his organization, Midwood Entertainment, be sure to check out...

In today's episode, we had the opportunity to speak with Helen at Wolf Hills Coffee in Abingdon, Virginia. A great little local coffee shop, unlike any other out there. Aside from enjoying the traditional offerings like coffee and cafe items, you can also find great local tea and hard cider. Wolf Hills Coffee shares space with Tumbling Creek Cider and Appalachian Teas and Botanicals. This wonderful little shop is also a great spot to do some remote work, homework for college...

On today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia podcast, I had a conversation with Western Front & Sessions Hotel partner, Hal Craddock. Hal took the time to tell us about what you can experience at these hotels as well as the areas that surround them. We covered the idea of storytelling and how boutique hotels offer such a unique experience to guests. I myself had the pleasure of staying at the Western Front Hotel in...

This week, we sat down with Mark and Justen of Tumbling Creek Cider Company out of Meadowview, Virginia. A relatively new cider company of only a few years providing a fine variety, Tumbling Creek Cider Company is a statement of SWVA entrepreneurship. Holding true to SWVA style, Tumbling Creek works with local businesses and orchards to keep their stock here at home. Tumbling Creek offers around five main ciders in their taproom: Moonshot Hellbender Ridgerunner Whitetop ...

This week we had the opportunity to speak with 'Round the Mountain Artisan and writer, Greg Lilly of Abingdon, Virginia. Greg has written a number of books such as Stray, The Wolf Crystal, and The Devils Bridge. It was great to get to hear first hand how Greg got his start, learn about his life and his love for the Southwest Virginia area. From Greg's biography: Greg Lilly grew up in Bristol, Virginia then lived in Charlotte,...

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we're putting together a list of LOVEly ideas for couples this year. Rather you are looking forward to a fun mini-cation or a relaxing retreat, Southwest Virginia just might be the perfect destination for you! Make plans to treat yourself and your significant other to an unforgettable experience. Places to Stay Cozy Cabin for Two Enjoy some alone time with your significant other in a cozy cabin tucked away in the...