Joe Tennis Speaking Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m.!
The Smyth County Genealogical Society presents guest speaker and local author Joe Tennis in the Copenhaver Meeting Room of the Smyth-Bland Regional Library in Marion on January 17th at 6:00pm. Joe Tennis, expert on history and folklore of Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina, will share stories from “Virginia Rail Trails: Crossing the Commonwealth” and his latest book “Along Virginia Route 58: True Tales from Beach to Bluegrass”, which contains 58 strange stories from Virginia’s longest road, including a UFO at South Hill, sightings of Bigfoot in the Great Dismal Swamp, the Hillsville courthouse shooting, the Wreck of the Old 97, and the origins of country music.
Joe’s work inspired Virginia tourism leaders to create the “Beaches to Bluegrass Trail,” linking Joe’s hometown, Virginia Beach with The Crooked Road region of Southwest Virginia. The Beaches to Bluegrass Trail also follows many of the rail-trails Joe writes about in “Virginia Rail Trails.”
Joe began writing while in elementary school – first a book on Elvis Presley, then a comical satire of his fellow fifth grade students. He has since written thousands of articles for newpapers and magazines about places from California to Florida. Joe has also become known for his popular ghost tale books, and may share a few of his tales that have delighted thousands of adults and children.
Don’t miss this event! Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00pm. In the event of snow, he will reschedule for Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00pm.
The Smyth County Genealogical Society presents Joe Tennis for their January 2017 meeting. For more about the Smyth County Genealogical Society go to www.smythcountygs.org