Appalachia (Town): The town of Appalachia is considered to be a largely intact "era" town of the late 1800's - early 1900's. At one time, the town was the center of a booming coal mining culture. The town was the "hub" of eight "coal camps" located along the outskirts of the town. Presently, many of the coal camps remain as does much of the coal mining equipment. The town sprang up after the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and Southern Railroad made a junction there in 1890. Many railroad buildings still remain in the town. It was named after the Appalachian Mountains, in the heart of which it stands.
Several items of interest remain in the town, including:
Bee Rock Tunnel - listed in the Ripley's Believe It or Not as the "Shortest Railroad Tunnel in the World". The tunnel is 47 ft., 7 in.
Visit the Louis E. Henegar Miners Memorial Park, which is dedicated to a local mining historian and numerous coal miners in the community. See many examples of underground mining equipment used today in the mining industry.
Appalachia is surrounded by numerous coal camp communities,
including Andover, Arno, Derby, Roda, Imboden, Exeter, Dunbar, Pardee, Osaka, and Stonega. Many of these communities formed at the beginning of the century with the arrival of the mining and railroad industry.
Each year, usually in the first week of August, the residents of Appalachia and the surrounding area celebrate their heritage in a week-long celebration known as Coal/Railroad Days. The festival includes a 5K road race, music concerts at the town's amphitheater, amusement rides, street vendors, a parade, and numerous other festival type events.
The town of Appalachia holds two world records. Bee Rock Tunnel, the world's second-shortest railroad tunnel and The Peake Building, an apartment house with street-level access on all four floors.
The Peake Building, featuring street-level access to all four floors.
Peggy Castle was born in Appalachia. She signed a contract with Universal-International and made her film debut in the 1947 film When a Girl's Beautiful. She appeared in such films as Payment on Demand (1951), Invasion U.S.A. (1952), 99 River Street (1953), and Arrivederci Roma (1957). In the 1950s, Castle moved into television and co-starred in the television western series Lawman. Her final onscreen role was a guest appearance in a 1966 episode of The Virginian.
Peggy Castle signed with Universal-International and made her film debut in the 1947 film When a Girl's Beautiful.