The ancient Appalachian mountains are home to a variety of cultures.  The “hillbilly” stereotype largely pertains to descendents of the original Scotch-Irish settlers.  But Native Americans, African-Americans and other European immigrants, first recruited for coal mining work, give Appalachia a multicultural tapestry that may be surprising to some.

Appalachia's remoteness, turbulent history and challenging terrain birthed a culture that's self-reliant and proud.  Read more about Appalachian culture below.