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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...

In this episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Adda "Addie" Leah Davis. Ms. Davis is not only a member of 'Round the Mountain but also a wonderful writer, currently living in Russell County, Virginia. Adda or "Addie" as she was nicknamed took the time to tell me stories of her childhood, her writing processes, and life living in both West Virginia and Virginia. Addie has written...

There is no question that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was an important one. This Amendment gave women the right to vote. Today, we pay respects to the women who fought hard for this prestigious cause. It's hard to imagine a time when women were not treated equally as men in regards to their privilege to vote. Today I speak with two very special guests, Karen Hester and Jan Medeiros. Two amazing ladies who are...

In today's episode, I had the chance to speak with Michael Gillman about the work he does at the Thomas J. Boyd Museum in Wytheville, Virginia. Michael is the Coordinator of Heritage Sites and Programs for the Wytheville Department of Museums. The Department of Museums includes three museums and a museum gift shop located in downtown Wytheville. I had the pleasure of visiting the Thomas J. Boyd museum for a feature story on the Polio pandemic,...

With so many great things going on around the region of Southwest, Virginia we wanted to find an outlet to share those stories. Today, we are so excited to announce the "Stories from Southwest Virginia" Podcast! Our slogan is "Heritage, People, & Culture". On this audio journey, you will be able to hear the stories that make SWVA such a unique and beautiful place. You'll get to know about our rich cultural heritage and history, our amazing...