SWVA Podcast

In today's episode of the Stories from Southwest Virginia Podcast, we explore the early art and history of Southwest Virginia settlers. Morgan gives us a lot of great examples and a clear view into what early life was like. From quilting to potato sacks, the means to live in the region were not as easy as we have it today. It's important to explore our history and keep a record of the traditions we still...

In today's podcast episode, we take a look into the history behind Marion, Virginia's historic General Francis Marion Hotel. This boutique hotel located in downtown Marion is full of rich history and stories from many years past. We had the chance to go and visit the hotel, view all of the amenities, and learn about its history. If you would like to book a stay at the hotel, or even just take some time to visit, you...

In today's episode, we speak with Stephanie, a licensed LPC who owns Anchoring Hope Counseling in Wise, County, Virginia. Stephanie and I had a great talk on mental health, anxiety, and stress. It was an interesting look into these topics coming from two different perspectives of both a counselor and a client. Mental health is an area we all have to deal with from time to time and showcasing where and how help is available is...

In today's episode of Stories from Southwest Virginia, we got to sit down and speak with Debbie, Sarah, and Megan of Appalachian Sustainable Development, or ASD for short. ASD has been working since 1995 to aid and support the Appalachian region in the agricultural economy "by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities, and connecting people to healthy food." "In the beginning, ASD focused exclusively on 15 counties in northeast TN and southwest VA. Today our work has expanded to include partners in...

In today's episode, we talk with The Lost Pearl Gallery's Nancy Brooks and Pawnee Jewel about art, The Lost Pearl, and Tazewell, Virginia. Located on Main Street in Tazewell, The Lost Pearl features wonderful handmade pieces of art from various artisans utilizing a variety of mediums such as fiber, wood, metal, painting, and more. To learn more about the gallery and the art, please visit their website at: https://thelostpearlgallery.com/ To learn more about the many things Southwest...

In today's episode, we talk with Justin from White Blaze Outdoors about his educational hiking tours around Southwest Virginia. These tours consist of short 2 hour hikes, half-day, and overnight adventures. Justin is a graduate of Emory and Henry College with studies in Biology. His expertise in hiking, backpacking, and wildlife make for a great experience learning more about the Southwest Virginia outdoors.  Justin's tours are great for individuals, couples, families, kids, and other groups.  To learn...

In today's episode, we spoke about all things Front Porch Fest with founders Chris and Sarah. We learn about Front Porch Fest, its origins, how it gives back, who all is performing, and what it's like to attend. Front Porch Fest is a music festival located in beautiful Patrick County, Virginia, and takes place on Spirithaven Farm in Stuart. During the festival, you will experience various genres of music, performers, food, beer, and the great outdoors....

Today, we are chatting with Wythevillve Downtown Executive Director Todd Wolford about the exciting downtown of Wytheville and some upcoming events in 2021. Wytheville in a central hub destination in Southwest Virginia off I-81. If you're looking to travel to West Virginia, North Carolina, Northern Virginia, or Southwest Virginia, chances are, you'll be passing through Wytheville. Coming out of the pandemic, Todd and the team at Wytheville want to give back to the local community by...

In today's episode, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Tourism Director David Rotenizer, Hammer & Forge Brewing owner Caleb Williamson, Chaos Mountain Brewing owner Joseph Hallock. We talked about all things brewing including start-ups, passion projects, innovation, and more. I had the chance to visit both of these breweries back in April of this year and enjoyed both. I went back to Franklin County in May to attend the Chaos Mountain...

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...