Favorite Scenes from the Holler


The old well at the farm.

Cousin Mark (left) the district attorney farmer.

The vine-covered shed.

The Robey Theater in town where my dad used to get two movies, a Coke, and popcorn for under a quarter.

The cool antiques.

My kids playing on the rocks over the Pocatalico River.

The old bonnet and loom.

My dad rocking on the porch.

We’re driving home tomorrow. Today, I’m going to the Roane County High School to talk to students about writing.:lol:


  1. Toni Anderson says:

    More fabulous photos. Have a good chat with the students Suzanne πŸ˜€

  2. Mik says:

    How cool. I love the pictures. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your talk with the students!

  3. Melissa Marsh says:

    Hope your talk goes well with the students. How exciting! Love the photos. πŸ™‚

  4. Eve says:

    As to the students – get them while they’re young.

    Looks like you had a great trip. Have a safe drive home.

  5. Estella Kissell says:

    The photos are great—and have a safe trip home.:yes:

  6. Melissa says:

    Where are the pictures of the outhouses? I know there have to be some somewhere? πŸ˜†

    That’s funny, I remember going out back to use the outhouse and I was so freaked out.

    Make sure you tell the students to read ALL your books. Have a safe trip home.

  7. mary beth says:

    Great photos. Have fun talking to the teenagers! πŸ™‚

  8. MartyK says:

    Thanks so much for sharing–I love this kind of stuff. I think I was born in the wrong era…safe trip home!

  9. Jill says:

    Love this stuff!

  10. raine says:

    Ah-haaa! Always wondered where ‘the holler’ was… πŸ™‚

  11. Lynn Daniels says:

    Great pictures! It looks like heaven, although your bonnet-wearing child doesn’t look too pleased.:rotfl:

  12. Tori says:

    Love the pictures! But I agree with Melissa. Where are the pics of outhouses??? :bananadance:

  13. Kelly says:

    Thanks for giving us all the pics, Suzanne! It’s a wonderful place!

  14. Darla Dixon says:

    I’m enjoying the photos. Your daughter just LOVES that bonnet, I can tell she wants to wear it just everywhere…lol!

  15. Mary Stella says:

    Did you try to churn butter with that churn? I love the photos!

  16. Toni Lea Andrews says:

    I’m visiting my old family homestead, too. I forget how beautiful the little country towns are until I am here. I am soooooo moving back here when I can afford to quit my day job.:mrgreen:

  17. Lis says:

    Love all the photos πŸ™‚
    Have a good trip home!

  18. Amy K. says:

    I’m so impressed your family has preserved this history! Great pictures.

  19. Mechele Armstrong says:

    Hope the talk was fun and hope the trip back is good. Love the pictures.

  20. Jordan says:

    Suzanne, The place looks absolutely lovely. I’m sure it was a wonderful place to grow up. Makes me miss the country.

  21. Alyssa says:

    These pictures are great. They are awesome!

  22. kacey says:

    these are wonderful photos. I bet your dad had a great time!

  23. Danica says:

    I’m going to miss your pictures of the holler!! When can we go back?

  24. Melissa Mc says:

    I love all the pictures! You all look like you’re having so much fun. Have a safe drive home!!

  25. Michelle says:

    Have a great time and hope the students enjoy the talk! I love these pictures. πŸ™‚

  26. ruby55 says:

    Oh, I’m envious. I love history and wish there were something similar in our background. One of my cousins from Portland, OR is very interested in our heritage, too. He went to where my grandfather was born in Saxony and from there found a village that actually bears my mother’s family name. It’s just tiny but he also managed to find someone named Rostig. They tried to figure out how this guy (at least I think it was a man) fit into our family. So far we have come across very few people that are named “Rostig”. If anyone knows of someone, please let me know. Someone from Australia e-mailed another cousin, now in TX, some years ago, but there we could not establish the relationship either.

    I hope your kids are learning to appreciate history and heritage. Too few people seem to be interested in history especially. πŸ™

  27. Margery Scott says:

    If your school talk is as motivating as your workshops are, I suspect there will be a number of budding authors in the holler. Come home safely.