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Dean Campbell, Author at The Tryon Daily Bulletin


Why grandma saved flower seeds every year

Old Ways of the Dark Corner  A 52-year-old friend and reader called me last week to say, “You have written quite a bit about working ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Monday, September 20, 2021 8:51 am


Christmas celebrations were a mixture of fact and superstition

“Do you have more of those really funny Christmas superstitions like the ones you wrote about in your Tales column back in 2015,” asked a ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Friday, December 13, 2019 1:10 pm


Apologies for the tremendous case of déjà vu 

If you searched for my Old Ways column last month, and found an attractive, two-page layout with a striking masthead declaring more Twice-told Tales of the Dark ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:58 pm


Homestead pollinators produced a sweet and medicinal product 

Almost as ubiquitous as the moonshine still in the early days of the Dark Corner was the beehive. Both had an enormous impact on the viability of the ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:36 pm


Wild plants of the backyard, field and forest used in healing remedies 

Whenever I think of the many wild “weeds” that have healing power in their leaves, bark or flowers, I am reminded of a phrase from one of ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Thursday, March 7, 2019 9:54 pm


Old Ways of the Dark Corner: Most common herbs that were grown, kept handy by Dark Corner families

Having no patent medicines available on the frontier, grandparents and sometimes single people steeped in various uses of natural plants were adept at using a ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Friday, January 11, 2019 8:00 am


Old Ways: Moonshine most important to Dark Corner for medicinal reasons

It’s difficult to believe that my last column in the Bulletin was the 150th Twice-told Tale on Dec. 28, 2016. No wonder folks keep asking, ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Friday, December 14, 2018 8:00 am


Pristine mountain living: the death of Dark Corner

Researchers and authors Anne McCuen, Mann Batson, J.W. Lawrence and I have spent many years learning and relating the history of the unique mountain area ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Tuesday, December 27, 2016 10:00 pm


Eyes to the hills…why we are tied to the land

Much attention is given to having or developing a “sense of place” when discussing the attributes of a particular geographical region. Defining the term takes ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Tuesday, December 13, 2016 10:05 pm


Jesse Holland Center…Elder and son

Jesse Holland Center was born May 20, 1789, the third child of Abner and Ellender Pruitt Center, before they moved from Lincoln County (the part ... Read more

by Dean Campbell, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 10:00 pm

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