© 2012 Josh Birnbaum



Down in the Holler
Life in Appalachian Hollows

In between the forested hills and mountains of Appalachia are geographical features called “hollows,” literally gently sloped valleys between elevated areas. These hollows, or “hollers” as they are popularly known, were a natural place for settlers to make roads and build homes: they provided protection, they were near the mountains, and perhaps most importantly, they were tucked away from view. Today, these hollers still provide a home to many people in the southeastern Ohio area. “We ain’t fancy people around here, but we’re happy,” San Toy holler resident Tim Nelson proudly states. “What kind of life are you lookin’ for?”

 
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