History & Culture

Highland County Generational Farmers – Christian Brock

Highland County Generational Farmers – Christian Brock

*I recently sat down with Christian Brock to discuss being a young generational agriculturalist. This is the third installment of a four-part series on the subject: Generational Farming in Highland County.*  Christian Brock is the fifth generation on the Brock Farm,...

Highland County Generational Farmers: Tabitha Hiner Ulmer

Highland County Generational Farmers: Tabitha Hiner Ulmer

*I recently sat down with Tabitha Hiner Ulmer to discuss being a young generational agriculturalist. This is the second installment of a four-part series on the subject of Highland County Generational Farmers.*  Tabitha Hiner Ulmer is the fourth generation on the...

Inside the Maple Sugar Camps: Sweet Winter Harvest

Inside the Maple Sugar Camps: Sweet Winter Harvest

*This article was posted on March 21, 2014 by Beauty Along the Road* Just when you think that winter has frayed your last nerve and spring still seems a distant dream, Mother Nature is quietly working her magic. When the nights are still freezing but the days are...

Stories Hidden in Plain Sight

Stories Hidden in Plain Sight

Conley Colaw is over 80 years old and has lived in Blue Grass, Virginia, his whole life. He has stories to share, and some of them can be read in the quilt squares nailed to the old sugar shack along his driveway.  It all started with one he bought from Margie Boesch...

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

Monterey Livestock: A Highland Icon Reawakened

What do you think of when you think of Highland County?  Some of you may say an enthusiastic, “Maple!” And, while sugar-making is important to our little, mountain community, I always think of our wide-open spaces and mild climate - perfect for raising livestock. ...

On A Rainy Year, “Fair” is Spelled “Mud”

On A Rainy Year, “Fair” is Spelled “Mud”

Writing pieces like “... Gimme A Quarter” and “A Year Without the Highland County Fair” brings so many good memories of the Highland County Fair to mind.   Four days of FUN for everyone. Rides, games, shows, contests, performances … some hometown folks work on...