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The Bakersville Hoax, North Carolina
(contributed by K.S. Whitson)

In 1892, J. Wallace Hyams, from Bakersville,
North Carolina, was an eager 19-year-old who
aspired to become a famous journalist. He left
Bakersville to work for The Comet in Johnson
City, Tennessee. His desperation to become
known only grew stronger, so he wrote the story
of his life titled "The Bloody Lynching Fight." This
story broke the headlines of the New York Times
detailing a gory riot in Bakersville that allegedly

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Shell Hunting in the
Mountains, Virginia

Hungry Mother, Virginia

(contributed by Shannon Ayres)

ended with people getting hung in the middle
of town. Soon after the story was out, people
started to question it. Turns out Hyams made
up the entire thing. He was quickly fired from
The Comet and became known as a liar in the
journalism field. It did, however, give Bakersville
some distinction.
For more info: mitchellnchistory.org/2017/06/13/
bloody-1893-riot-bakersville-well-maybe-not/

(contributed by Joe Tennis)

Many fossil and shell collectors find shells, sand
dollars, snails, clams and squids all fossilized
in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley. But how did
they get so far inland? Well, geologists believe
that 450 million years ago the Shenandoah
Valley was actually a tropical island sea. When
the marine life died, it accumulated at the bottom of the sea bed. The best places to find these
fossils are near highway road cuts because the
digging has already been done for you.

There's no question that Hungry Mother State
Park is a pretty strange name for a state park,
so how did this name come about? Legend has
it that Molly Marley's husband was killed at
a new river settlement raided by Indians. The
Indians took Molly and her son captive, but
they quickly escaped. After many days of an
all berry diet, Molly collapsed at the foot of
the Mountain which is now known as "Molly's
Knob." The son found his way to town and
could only say the words, "Hungry Mother!"

For more info: guidetosnp.com/web/Extras/
GeologicalHistoryofSNP.aspx

For more info: dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/hungrymother#general_information

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