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Heartland

This renowned documentary series has celebrated the people and land of Southern Appalachia for nearly 30 years, preserving our heritage through storytelling, dramatic visuals, and relics of Appalachian times. Host Bill Landry explores the people and land of the region, telling the stories of East Tennessee’s roots. Tales told from front porches to re-enactments in the Smoky Mountain air preserves our history and shares it with generations to come.

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Buy the Heartland Series on DVD

Buy the Heartland Series on DVDThe Heartland Series DVDs are a wonderful celebration of people and their land. Each volume encompasses different stories and insightful videography.
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Heartland

The de Soto Expedition

The de Soto ExpeditionBefore the British set foot in east TN other Europeans had come and gone. They came with sword and crossbow on a mission of conquest. They destroyed one ancient culture and give rise to another. They were the Spanish led by Hernando de Soto.
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Heartland

The Trail of Tears

The Trail of TearsFrom Charleston, TN in Bradley County, 16,000 Cherokee saw a final glimpse of their homeland. It was there that the Trail of Tears began in 1836. We recount the tragedy of the Cherokee Indian removal.
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Heartland

The City Man

The City ManBy the 1900’s railroads had turned the small town of Knoxville into a busy wholesale center. A new breed of citizen emerged: the city man. Pat Roddy, Jr. was born into the ranks in 1902. But the city of his youth was not the city we know today
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Heartland

A Geologic Window

A Geologic WindowIt is rare to find flat, fertile land running with water in the midst of the mountains. White Oak Sinks is a rare place in deed. A great place for human settlement it is also a geologic window that looks deep into the past.
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Heartland

Long Hunter's Journey

Long Hunter's JourneyIt’s a long way from living in a cave to earth shaking technology yet there is a connection and it begins with a long hunter from North Carolina.
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Heartland

Covered Bridges

Covered BridgesThey are a sign of progress as well as one of a by-gone era. Rare to our area even in their heyday, the covered bridge today is rarer still. In fact, only 3 historic covered bridges still exist in east Tennessee.
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Heartland

Homemade Sawmill

Homemade SawmillKnowing how things work comes natural to Ernie Proffitt, it's in his blood; a trait he inherited from his dad. So for this family cobbling together a sawmill mill was not a difficult chore, and of course it cuts true.
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History

Dons Barbershop

Dons BarbershopDonâ??s barbershop in Harriman is a great place to get your ears lowered and filled with down home, live music.
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History

Web Extra: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolin

Web Extra: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolinFeb 15, 2013, Web Extra Video: Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong plays mandolin for WBIR's The Heartland Series during his 2000 visit to Knoxville. Armstrong was 91-years-old at the time. He died in 2003. Video shot by Doug Mills.
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History

Bells on the Wind

Bells on the WindA horse drawn sleigh ride gives a musical rhythm to a winter's day.
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History

Waldensia

WaldensiaThe crumbling coke ovens of Waldensia in Cumberland county offer a glimpse into a once thriving mining community.
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History

Swift's Silver Mine

Swift's Silver Mine The story of a fabled silver mine first discovered by George Monday in his youth. He led Jonathan Swift there later in life who recorded clues to its location in a journal. Driven away by Indians he vowed to return but could never find the cave.
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History

Slate Quarries of Panther Creek

Slate Quarries of Panther Creek The remnants of a once thriving business lay scattered up Panther Creek, now within the Great Smokies Mountains. Former residents lead us to the site and back in time to a life before the park.
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History

Andrew Still

Andrew StillIn 1864 Dr. Andrew Still found his education useless to save his own children. He rejected his training and developed a new method that continues today to grow in popularity.
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History

Dry Land Fishing

Dry Land FishingDry land fish have been hunted for centuries; they’re a delicacy. The Bolens take us to Hancock County when the woods are running with fish – wild morel mushrooms.
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History

Ramblin' Rindy Bailey

Ramblin' Rindy BaileyBy the time of her death she was known as Ramblin’ Rindy Bailey, a homeless outcast. Often characterized as the bogyman a community’s insensitive coping belies the tragic story of a family broken by a woman’s battle with mental health.
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History

Second Creek

Second CreekThe course of Second Creek cuts a winding trail through the heart of Knoxville. From the tub mill of the city’s founder to the towering heights of Neyland Stadium it is a watershed flowing rich with history .
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Pieces Of Our Past

Pieces Of Our PastThe view from Clingman’s Dome in the Smoky Mountains can look pristine. Few would suspect that near by is a pile of debris that attracts a lot of attention. To some it’s junk to others a link to the mountains and the people who called them home.
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History

Whole Grain

Whole GrainRelying on what you can grow is a way of life planted in Arby Sandefur’s soul as a youngster. Still handy with a scythe, modern tools make farming easier. A good grain crop always meant food on the table and even padding for the bed tick.
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History

The Stranger and the Widow

The Stranger and the WidowThe hard times that follow the Civil War casts some unsavory characters in the unlikely role of heroes. Their fame spreads far and wide in the dime novels of the times. An oft-told tale has one such legendary character riding into Tennessee.
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History

The Butterfly Caretaker

The Butterfly CaretakerTo artist Paul de Marrais butterflies might well be flying canvases painted with nature’s most brilliant colors. Charmed since boyhood Paul has taken them under his wing. He grows butterflies and moths at his Greene county home.
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History

A Natural Environment

A Natural EnvironmentThe origins of mountain balds in the Great Smoky Mountains have long been a mystery. But a team of dedicated scientists digs into the past by digging into the peat layer beneath them and make a discovery that may unravel the secret.
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History

A Century of Learning

A Century of LearningThough its exterior looks nothing like it did when it was built, Pleasant Ridge Elementary Schoolâ??s foundation is as sturdy now as it was 100 years ago. A Planning session to celebrate this legacy becomes an impromptu reunion.
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History

Lost in the World

Lost in the WorldThe names on our region's map, like Bear Pen Gap & No Business Knob, do more than identify a location, they also tell a story. After a day's work, two men head out of the mountains for home and itch their story into the landscape and history.
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History

A Vintage Family

A Vintage Family The Rice family likes a challenge, especially when it comes to restoring vintage cars. Theirs is a legacy of fine craftsmanship inherited from their dad.
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History

The Real Move

The Real Move A local charity needed to move an old house off their land. They met a man, who wanted an old house on his land. Together they formed a partnership that helped the hungry and preserved an historic home in the process.
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