The Mountain Laurel
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By Susan M. Thigpen © 1983-2012

Issue: April, 1983

Once these mountains were populated by majestic giants, rooted in the rich, dark soil. We are speaking of the American Chestnut trees. All you can see of them today are mighty, rotting stumps and falling logs. The concept of just how large and majestic they were lives only in the minds of people old enough to remember seeing them before the blight. Surely, out there somewhere, there is a photograph of this area that would show us all what they once were like.

If you have such a photograph, be the first to send it to the Mountain Laurel and win $15.00 of free merchandise at the Harvest Moon Natural Foods Store in Floyd, Va. Any additional information regarding where and when the photograph was taken would be appreciated. We will publish the photograph and acknowledge the winner of this contest in the Mountain Laurel.

Start going through your old photos, we would really like to see a photograph of the Chestnut trees as they were years ago and we're sure our readers would too.

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