I’m moving.


To the Greenbrier Valley in southeastern West Virginia, where I grew up.

The Greenbrier Valley is not like any other place in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s not close and steep like the Allegheny Plateau farther west. It’s not long and snaky like the Ridge and Valley just to the east. It isn’t high and alpine like the Allegheny Mountains to the north or low and humid like the Great Valley to the south.

In geologic terms, the Greenbrier Valley is a patch of Mississipian limestone and sandstone, honeycombed by caves, eroded by the Greenbrier River, and sitting smack on top of the Allegheny Front.

In geographic terms, it’s rolling farming country (called “levels”) mixed with higher knobs and ridges. Cattle, sheep, logging, and (more and more) tourism. Stately farms and back-hollow hideouts. Southern culture with mountain skepticism.

I grew up in the Little Levels of Pocahontas County.

Now I’ll be living in the Big Levels in Monroe County.

This picture was taken maybe 500 feet from our new house.

(The plants, you ask? What about the plants? Too much to write about yet.
Rocks first, then plants.)


  1. Kiva Rose said,

    June 19, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    Yay! Congratulations on finding your way back home, and I for one am very much looking forward to hearing about the plants as well as the rocks. I lived in Virginia, Vermont, Maine and NC (where’s all my family’s from near Waynesville) but have little experience with WV so I’ve excited to hear about it all and see pics of the landscape.

  2. Jan S. said,

    June 27, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Congratulatons! It looks and sounds, from your description, very nice. I am looking to hearing and seeing more about it.


  3. Annie M. said,

    April 19, 2008 @ 7:41 am

    I am also going home. As I was searching for information on mullein for my mother’s ear and head problems, I found you. As I will be in Fayette County, practically on the bank of the New River (aren’t I lucky??), I was hoping that you give classes or something. I have an official list of what I can find, but being very new to this, I need serious help. All my life growing up there, I knew there had to be a use for pokeberries. I am very grateful for this knowledge. Please contact me. Thanks.

  4. crabappleherbs said,

    May 4, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

    Hi Annie!

    Thanks for posting. I will let you know when I get a spring / summer class schedule together.

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