Tippi June 27, 2022 Share June 27, 2022 My family on both sides come from that neck of the woods--Nelson County, VA. I couldn't believe when I was a teenager that a bigtime TV show was set in the "mountains" (this is how we have always referred to it) during the time my parents would have been teenagers. The Patricia Neal movie was much more like what life was like there--alot of hard work and not much in the way of material goods. A house like what was shown in the TV series would have been for the rich folks. The Hamner accent is so unique to that area. About would be pronounced Aboat. I'd heard talk that this accent is more like what the English settlers would have sounded like, but who knows for sure. The mountains on the TV show don't look like the Virginia Blue Ridge--the trees and mountain shapes are different, and from a distance the Blue Ridge is indeed blue! There was some discussion here about John Boy calling his parents Mama and Daddy. I think this probably goes back generations in that area. That is what my parents called their parents, and what my brother and sisters called ours. When we speak of our parents to each other, it is always Mama did this or Daddy did that. To say anything else would not sound natural. Also, like on the Andy Griffith show "Aint Bea" that is what we called our aunts as well. World War 2 did really result in an exodus from the mountains. Many of the men did go into the services, and after they war they stayed in the Tidewater area, working at Newport News Shipbuilding or for the government. 2 5 Link to comment
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