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Old 02-27-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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I'm currently reading a who done it that takes place in Appalachia KY. Which got me wondering what exactly the border of Appalachia is so I googled it. Seeing that W/SW Ohio is considered Appalachia I started wondering....are there places to see that 'represent' the area and its histories and cultures?
What would be your favorite places? Annual Events?

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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Never been there, but Moonshine and Appalachia go hand in hand, and New Straitsville, OH has a Moonshine Festival:
Festivals (http://www.new-straitsville.lib.oh.us/festival.htm - broken link)
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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although not in appalachia (that ends a county or two east of here), cincinnati has long been home to Appalachian immigrants looking for work in the city. in fact, the city has an ordinance adding "regional heritage" or something similar to the list of federal protected classes (race, color, sex, etc.) against which discrimination is explicitly prohibited.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Never been there, but Moonshine and Appalachia go hand in hand, and New Straitsville, OH has a Moonshine Festival:
Festivals (http://www.new-straitsville.lib.oh.us/festival.htm - broken link)

"No sampling allowed"?!?!?!?!
What's the point??
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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I'm currently reading a who done it that takes place in Appalachia KY. Which got me wondering what exactly the border of Appalachia is so I googled it. Seeing that W/SW Ohio is considered Appalachia I started wondering....are there places to see that 'represent' the area and its histories and cultures?
What would be your favorite places? Annual Events?

Thanks
There is the Tobacco Festival in Ripley Ohio on the Ohio River and there is alot of history along RT.52 from Portsmouth to Cincinnati Ohio.Tall Stacks in Cincinnati,Utopia a commune in 1840's where spirits still roam,Grants birth place,Rankin House,Moyers Winery near Manchester and the Ohio River Island,the Floodwall Murals in Portsmouth and the old Erie Canal locks on the Ohio River west of the race track,Raven Rock where the Shawnee indians spied the settlers flat boats on the Ohio...from there you can see why they call the area the "The Little Smokies" bring hiking boots.The t.v. series RT.66 used RT.52 to shoot some of the road scenes cause it resembled America's Highway...old RT.66.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Every self-respecting town in Ohio has a festival that reflects its heritage, culture and/or history. You haven't lived until you've seen the tobacco spitting contest and tobacco worm races at the Ohio Tobacco Festival.

Cincinnati also has an Appalachian Festival, usually in early May; lots of music, art, food, storytelling.

Here's a link:
Ohio Festivals & Events
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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Are there any interesting tours of things like coal mines, appalachian villages etc.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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Drive to the river and head up Rt. 7 in either direction. Every town you come to is an appalachian village. Remember, appalachia is not a thing or destination. It is a life, a mindset, or perhaps a state of being defined by its proximity to the appalachian mountains. Go to any Walmart in southeastern Ohio and you will get a first hand dose of appalachia. Go to such towns as Amesville, Buckeye, Nelsonville, Pomeroy, Portsmouth, or really any town in this area and you will find appalachia. Go to the municipal courts or a pawn shop in these towns and watch the sad parade of humanity that passes by. That is appalachia.
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