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Virginia folk legends

Author: Thomas E Barden
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1991.
Series: Publications of the American Folklore Society., New series (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included in the vast collection of legends gathered between 1937 and 1942 by the field-workers of the Virginia Writers' Project of the WPA. For decades following the end of yhe project, these stories lay untouched in the libraries of the University of  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Barden
ISBN: 0813913314 9780813913315 0813913357 9780813913353
OCLC Number: 23463615
Description: xiv, 347 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: A horn snake kills a cruel mistress --
The child and the snake --
A black snake chokes an infant --
A black snake squeezes a girl's body --
The walking rattlesnake --
A race with a panther --
The bear and the panther --
THe eagle and the baby --
Cats feed on a corpse --
Daniel Boone's dog thrasher --
The faithful dog --
The good watchdog --
Solomon the wise horse --
Why negroes' hands have white palms --
Why butterflies was made --
Why colored people work for the whites --
The man in the moon --
The origin of the gypsies --
Disobedient Sammy --
How vote buying started in wise county --
Why the buzzard is bald --
The legend of the Dogwood tree --
James Bowser, Emancipation hero --
Henry ("Box") Brown : mailed to freedom --
A confederate spy --
A premonition of death --
The curse of the Carbine --
A Yankee drinks from a "poisoned" well --
A young girl shoots a Yankee --
A conjuror's revenge --
A slave with a magic hoe --
The conjuror's beck --
A witch rode a girl to Riceville, Virginia --
Devil Bill Boggs --
The witch tree --
Montague and Duck Moore --
A silver bullet for a witch --
Witch Mountain --
A witch's gun charms the woods --
Aunt Lucy's bewitched cow --
Cooking a witch's shoulder --
A conjured girl tries to jump into the fire --
A witch gets caught in a store --
The quaker's gold --
Midnight Annie --
A ghost makes a couple argue --
The headless ghost of Griffith's wife --
Nancy Loveall's ghost pounds coffee --
The old plantation master's ghost --
Converted by a ghost --
The old woman of the pies --
The ghost that squeaked the door --
The ghost's little finger bone --
The ficklin field haunted house --
A civil war haunt in an old log house --
The dancing couple --
Ghost chains from a logging accident --
A confederate soldier in a haunted room --
The haunted house of Saunders --
The praying ghost of the old Barlow place --
The slave trader's haunted house --
The ten Indians --
The women who married Indians --
Disturbing Indian graves --
Indians kill a pioneer family --
The Indian who lived in a cave --
Two Indians killed with a boulder --
The friendly old hog --
The Indian boiling pot --
Cry baby and your mammy'll come --
Indians come down the chimney --
Indians capture a bride on her wedding day. Henry Armstrong, de forgin' man --
Bill Cabell, a badman at de bar --
Judge John Crutchfield : "Justice John" --
How railroad Bill chased himself to his girl's house --
William Wyderman : peacock and the soldiers --
Daniel Boone's tricks on Indians --
Ira Roberts, the strongman --
Molly Mulhollun, the cabin builder --
Major Mike Wallace --
Booker Mullins, the bear fighter --
Thomas Jefferson's manners --
Johnny Appleseed --
Gowl James, the human ratter --
Doc Taylor's walk with Riley Mullins --
How Doc Taylor got names "The Red Fox" --
A strange light at a murder site --
The murderous tavern keepers --
Killing an unwanted infant --
Scaring the widow --
The Robinett death hole --
A murder belief solves a crime --
A strange funeral --
How Dragon Run got its name --
How Bloody Branch got its name --
How Champion Swamp got its name --
How Haddix's Branch got its name --
How the Bull Run Mountains got named --
How Mother Leather Coat Mountain was named --
Hickory Gap and the Hickory Gap "Church" --
How Simon Kenton left home --
SImon Kenton's growing tree --
Simon Kenton's exploits --
Simon Kenton's Indian wife and family --
Simon Kenton's Indian disguise --
Simon Kenton traps a brandy thief --
A devil dog comes for a slave owner --
Two more devil dogs --
The death dog --
The warning dog --
A spirit dog causes a broken toe --
A devil dog in the path --
The ghost dog on Indian Creek --
The dog that turned to rags --
The ghost dog on Chinquapin Hill --
Dogs chase an invisible creature --
The boat that would not move --
The white dove : a dead wife returns --
Jack-ma-Lanterns : lights in the woods --
The cat woman --
The murdered man's hat and the melted snow --
The disappearing old gray horse --
The haunted woods --
The fiddler of Peter Cave --
The shower of stones --
The black cat --
Ocean-born Mary --
The two pine trees --
A gold hunter finds a ghost --
The sign that pointed to gold --
The Beverly diamonds --
The story of Swift and his compass --
A spirit dog guards Swift's mine --
The old woman who found the silver --
Swift's silver mine --
A smallpox epidemic : a curse on whites --
How Cox's Snow got its name --
A scar identifies a slave woman's husband as her son --
The old negro that flagged the train --
Dick the slave boy and the wolves --
Murder at the county line --
The woman dressed in black --
The boy who turned wild in the woods --
The wild girl --
The man who ate live meat --
Roast cat for breakfast --
The naked bull ride --
Caught in the graveyard --
A man dies of earwigs.
Series Title: Publications of the American Folklore Society., New series (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: edited by Thomas E. Barden.

Abstract:

What do devil dogs, witches, haunted houses, Daniel Boone, Railroad Bill, "Justice John" Crutchfield, and lost silver mines have in common? All are among the subjects included in the vast collection of legends gathered between 1937 and 1942 by the field-workers of the Virginia Writers' Project of the WPA. For decades following the end of yhe project, these stories lay untouched in the libraries of the University of Virginia. Now, folklorist Thomas E. Barden brings to light these delightful tales, most of which have never been in print. Virginia Folk Legends presents the first valid published collection of Virginia folk legends and is endorsed by the American Folklore Society.

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