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Description:

The old route of the Appalachian Trail in Southwestern Virginia offered hikers only one overnight shelter where they could stay. Instead, the Guide to the Paths of the Blue Ridge recommended places where hikers could either set up camp in abandonded farms, behind stores, in church yards, or where they could obtain overnight accommodations from local residents. In Floyd County, the Guide said, "Excellent accommodations obtainable at Mrs. Sue Hall's." Susan Harris Hall was much more than someone who would take in hikers. "Ma Sue," as she was known locally, was a force of nature in the community, providing what today would be called social services, especially to women nearby, encouraging visitors to read in her parlor, and generally promoting the well-being of the Floyd community.


Date:

1935

Creator:

Unknown

Subject

Lost Appalachian Trail

Contributor

Mills Kelly

Format

Black and white photograph

Source:

Floyd County Historical Society

Rights

All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Citation

Unknown, “Mrs. Sue Hall (1935),” Appalachian Trail Histories, accessed November 18, 2019, http://appalachiantrailhistory.org/items/show/937.

Geolocation

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