A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908. “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources. He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.
The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.
It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.
People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap. The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.