149 responses

  1. Danielle Graham
    April 2, 2014

    Wow Amy that’s awesome I couldn’t go to sleep until I read. Once again thank you for reminding me of my childhood:)

  2. Shelby Meade
    April 2, 2014

    I enjoyed this to the fullest. I lived the same lifestyle you did and so proud that I did.There is nothing like these W.V. Hills.Yes I am Shelby Mc Peak Meade and I don’t regret a minuet of my upbringing .

  3. Janet Graham
    April 2, 2014

    This is awsome. Brought back so many great memories

  4. Trish Shine Roberts
    April 2, 2014

    This was so heartwarming…….Very well done. It took me back to my childhood, where everything was simple and plain and wonderful. It makes me sad for my kids on how much they have missed out on. There is nothing simple left in this old world…….Thank you!

  5. Jeffrey Falin
    April 2, 2014

    Enjoyed reading this story.

  6. Edward Blankenship
    April 2, 2014

    Brought back so many memories I loved it there but I can’t go back everything changed

  7. kay christian
    April 2, 2014

    This brought back so many memories,they are all good .This was so well written. Took me back to my childhood. It was wonderful !!!

  8. Sandra Handley
    April 3, 2014

    Absolutely wonderful, so enjoyed reading, I am a redheaded holler girl also with many memories that will always remain close to my heart, West Virginia will always be my home those hills are a place of beauty. Thank you Amy for a beautiful story……….<3

  9. Robin Varney Simms
    April 3, 2014

    Wow…wonderful! I so enjoyed this. I could have written it myself! I grew up in a holler, and now raising or have raised, my kids in the holler here in Cabell County.

  10. Lisa Mcneely
    April 5, 2014

    Thank you for taking me back to the good old days…. I wish that the kids that are growing up now could also have the childhood experience…Enjoyed reading your story

  11. Lisa Mcneely
    April 5, 2014

    Thank you for taking me back to the good old days…. I wish that the kids that are growing up now could also have the childhood experience…Enjoyed reading your story

  12. Kenneth A Whittaker
    April 5, 2014

    Loved the stories .The remembrance of growing up in the holler.Thanks for the memories and may God bless you enough!!!!

  13. Mona Cook
    April 5, 2014

    This was like reading about my own childhood. I was one of the many that moved away but the mountains called me home. I’m so thankful for all my memories, good and bad. I reared my older two children in West Virginia and am now rearing my five adopted children here as well. I have taught all of them to play in the dirt, run in the rain, jump in the leaves and to make snow angels in the winter. I so enjoyed reading this story and wouldn’t change my childhood for anything on earth. I loved growing up in Fayette County, West Virginia. Thank you for sharing your story.

  14. Sharon Marshall
    April 6, 2014

    Reading all of these stories was so breath taking. they are so real. first time I visited Virginia, I started to realize why Rodger loved coming from there. he showed me a lot of the history there. people were very much set in their own ways. back in these days many of us and our parents had to struggle and bond together. I know this brought a lot of great memories back from my childhood even here in Michigan. thank you for sharing.

  15. Rhonda
    April 6, 2014

    I truly enjoyed the story! I am a West Virginia native also and I can relate to this …

  16. randy m roberts
    April 10, 2014

    That was just beautiful,I found my self going back in time.

  17. Martha Trent-Kerns
    April 11, 2014

    Great memories as I read this, All of this belongs to each and everyone who lived up the Holler. so proud to be a holler girl.

  18. Martha Trent-Kerns
    April 11, 2014

    I tried to share it to Sharon Lesters page, but it wouldn’t let me.

  19. Mildred Ward Cole
    May 5, 2014

    Brought back many memories. I was born in Kilsyth, WV (Fayette County) and grew up in Mt. Hope, WV. Graduated Mt. Hope High School.

    May 19, 2014

    Wonderful!! I started seeing memories just running across my visonary tract!!! My Daddy was a COAL MINER, Olga Coal Co, Coalwood, WV (McDowell Co); he was raised in Marytown and my mother was from Capels, WV. Thinking about runnin and playing and getting a drink of water from the “community” dipper in the pail of water that hung on back porch. Swinging from vines near the creek, getting wet when you “accidently” slipped off the rope! Thanks for stirring up my mind to happier, more peaceful time in my life. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!

  21. Paul H Bowles
    July 18, 2014

    I am a guy, but I can relate in so many ways. Grew up in Summers County, WVa and ” ran away right after High School. Now that I am retired, wish I never left those Wild and Wonderful hills.
    Paul B

  22. BB COLE
    July 24, 2014

    Gratitude wells up when I read these words and remember my childhood safe havens-found both in the beauty of the mountains but also in the big heartedness of the folks who shared their family’s love with kids who were not kin but were included anyway. All the nostalgia is sweet but it doesn’t tell the Others’ story of what it is to grow up as a raggedy coal camp kid who would not have survived and even later thrived because someone fed them (physically and spiritually), sheltered them -even if it meant standing up to mean drunks and showed them what a healthy family could look like. Being dearly loved gives you confidence and loving others makes you crazy-brave but having both means you have a deep source of WV riches that no one can count.
    For these folks and their loving hearts- I am truly thankful!

  23. Arthur Thorne
    July 25, 2014

    I have thoroughly enjoyed these pictures and story; both bring back memories of my childhood past. I have always been proud of growing up in The Hollers of West Virginia. I have traveled and lived in many places and none of them has my heart strings attached like those hollers in West Virginia. When some uncouth individual would make demeaning statements about West Virginia I have always defended our state. It would usually be accomplished by pointing out to the talker that West Virginia did not have any problems until their family moved into our state. Over the years I have heard just about every derogatory remark that can be made about a place directed toward West Virginia. Therefore I have developed a long list of comebacks and over the years have embarrassed several people. Currently I am divesting myself in other states and preparing to move back to Almost Heaven. Always remember it took a Civil War for West Virginia to become a state and never forget our state’s motto, Montani semper liberi or Mountaineers are Always Free.

  24. Janet Webb
    July 25, 2014

    This made me remember my childhood .
    I no longer live in WV my son lives there and I visit there

  25. Amy Kibbey
    July 26, 2014

    I am

  26. Amy Kibbey
    July 26, 2014
  27. Jo Etta Ewing Statler
    July 26, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading that .I was raised in a holler also and it sure brought back a lot of good memories. Great ,loved it !!

  28. Doris Gillespie
    July 27, 2014

    Thanks for the wonderful memories. Born and raised in McDowell county will never forget my childhood there. HOME SWEET HOME.

    • Arthur L Thorne
      July 27, 2014

      McDowell county where Chief of Police Sid Hatfield from Matewan, Mingo County, WV was murdered on the courthouse steps. Sid was the only law enforcement officer in the state of WV to stand by the coal miners when the Baldwin thugs and Tom Felts crew of criminals were assaulting and harassing the coal miners in the southern part of West Virginia. Sid Hatfield had shot and killed several of the thugs during the battle referred to as the Matewan Massacre. The court in McDowell county sent Sid a subpoena on a tromp up charge and would not allow him to bring his firearm for protection. Not one person was ever charged for killing this Law Enforcement Officer in spite of the fact there were several eye witnesses.

  29. Robin Hatfield scearce
    July 28, 2014

    There’s REALLY no place like home! ! No place!!