During the summer of 1966, I was a student
at Peabody Library School in Nashville, Tennessee working on
my master's degree. In a class called American Folklore, taught
by the renowned professor and author Dr. John E. Brewton, we
were given the assignment of gathering stories and other folklore
from our home towns.
I called Miss Winnie Walker and asked her
if she would retell her stories about Soddy, Tennessee to me.
She was excited about my project. I visited her, took a couple
of photos of her in her home, and went away with her handwritten
These are the original stories of Miss
Winnie Walker, exactly as she wrote them down for me, and accompanied
by a few photographs and some folk songs pulled from my own memory.
I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed
putting it together in 1966 and then recreating it into a published
work in 2011.