The Last of the Granny Witches

668 thoughts on “The Last of the Granny Witches”

    1. Loved your story and it reminded me of my own mother and grandmother. They were from Mingo county, West Virginia in a tiny town called Matewan. I remember my own mother telling us she could read tea leaves. Telling us about her mother who use to walk the hills for Curative plants for sick folks. Of the backward midnight supper she and a friend cooked up and was terrified when someone knocked on the door. It was said your future husband would visit at midnight… awesome memories, thank you.

  1. I grew up in a household that believed in superstition. Mom told stories and had many believes such as 7 years bad luck for a brokem mirror, if your left palm would itch it was a sign you would receive money , right palm you would shake hands with a stranger. I know for a fact these are true and many if the other tales she would tell came to fruition . I pass these on to my boys but I don’t tbink they believe them.

  2. My family came from Switzerland arriving in the US. Everyone has been hush hush, but many of us share the gift. My elders, men and women had incredible gifts, myself and both my daughters! We embrace it, and feel like we need to constantly learn more.

  3. Loved reading the story & comments. There are so many of us. I had no idea.
    Lady Hock is right, we never referred to ourselves as witches. We were all in hush. We are also of many mixed bloods. That is good! We are here & we are strong!
    As above So below

  4. I know my bloodline is of celts and Cherokee from the mountains of northeast Tennessee into Virginia I’m a healer and always gravitated towards herbs and rocks and of course I sense things and there’s just a knowing of not close to the family in Tennessee but whenever I go I cry it feels like home the smell of rocks , dirt and all things nature light my senses my elders have passed wish I had a granny witch any grannies want to adopt I loved the article cause I wondered about things as such blessed be

    1. Yes…I was not raised in thgr hills of Tennessee but my grandparents lived in there…65 miles west of Chattanooga….I can still smell the forest and hear the babbling brook that ran behind their home…I am a descendant of the Celts, Druids and Cherokee nation.. and their blood runs through my veins..and I keep the MAGICK alive…and have passed it on to my children and my children’s children…and so it is..

      1. I feel a kindred of the granny witch being of Cherokee descent with many commonalities. My gravitation is to animals foremost, gardening, growing herbs, the mountains, creating art and being passionate about my history. Can’t cast spells but have the intuition that is not always what I want to foresee Hah.. proud of this ancestry. Don’t cross any my lines

    1. Have you tried Witch Hazel? Apple Cider Vinegar and/or Tea tree oil? Soak in one of these and cover with duct tape for 7 days, just forget about it trusting and knowing it is gone, remove tape and gently wash off what will fall off of what is left. You can do this you are powerful! Drink some apple cider vinegar each day, 1 Tablespoonful too, hope this helps!

    2. Put a potato peel over it and keep it there with duct tape from sun up til sun down. Take the potato peel off and scrub away the softened cap of the wart. Pick the seeds out of the wart. Make sure you get them all out and the wart will go away. If you miss any of the seeds the wart will come back.

    3. Try rubbing orange peel or lemon peel on it make sure you squeeze the juice out of the peel onto the wart do this every day until wart falls off i got rid of a couple that way

  5. We are from Harlan Co. Granma was from Amish people, no nonsense and scary to me. Very loud. My brother never left her side. I worshiped Granpap and was his shadow in the forest, (usually hiding from Granma). The old ways were very strong in that house. I do my best to continue to honor them in my house.

  6. I come from a long line. My dad’s mother from Pike County, and my mom from Harlan County. Those Superstitions, I taught them to my kids too. I don’t want to be the last, I want to pass on my gift to my children as well. My dad’s mother called her gift her “psychie” cause we all know everything in Pike County ends in E…her name was Georgia..but of couse everyone called her Georgie. LOL I sure do miss hearing my Grandma’s stories, and wish I could hear more. Thank you for your article, you described me and both my grandma’s and my mom exactly. This is who we are. Keep writing…

  7. I reread this article on occasion – love this piece of work – I’m a Cajun lady – young grandmother now – I relate to this title of granny witch and your clear picture of her. What honor you give to the ladies of the elder generations of your area- beautiful writer

  8. I have always felt things. I work in the medical field And I can feel things. I can tell when bad things are coming. My mom calls it being fey. My sisters have a touch of it as well. I wish I knew how to bring more of it out to help people. I am glad there are others like me.

    1. My grandmother, my mother and now me all had/have the gift of knowing what was going to happen. So intense and a bit scary but I definitely believe and listen to it.

  9. I was born and raised in West Va and this article reminds me so much of all the women in my family. My family is originally from Ireland and England then when the came to West Va and Virginia they married members the black foot and Cherokee tribes. I was taught much wisdom and beliefs my the older women in my family. I also fear we may be the last of our kind.

  10. I live in Webster County. I’ve just recently found out that I come from a long line of witches, which explained some of the gifts I possess. I’m looking for someone who can help me to become the type of witch I aspire to be. Can you help me?

  11. Born & raised in Louisville Kentucky but I have several friends with Appalachian roots-stumbled across this article looking up old pics of Louisville-intriguing read nonetheless it caught my interest now I want to hear more🙂

  12. I am a healer and herblist.I have been using the old ways for years.How nice to know there are others like me and some of the women in my family.

    1. I don’t know what or who I really am. I feel my sixth sense intensely and it makes my stomach ache like a horrible hunger that never leaves. I have deep family roots in Kentucky. I was born and raised in Maryland and have never felt peace. I just want to know what to do next. I feel things within me that are not evil but of another natural power. Please help me. I have generations of family in Kentucky and I feel lost. Thank you

      1. Go home, child, go home. Talk to your grannies if they are still with us, or your aunties, and any of your cousins who can tell you their stories. Sometimes you may find a male relative or two; they are easier to spot when they’re fairly young.
        Have faith, good luck, Blessed Be.

      2. hello brandy I read your post earlier and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I have that ache too and I am feeling it strong at the moment I cant sleep. I have felt like this since I was about 20 and I am 36 now. I don’t know how you calm it either I have tried eating to fill that void nothing worked I only gained weight and depression now I quit trying to deal with it by eating and its killing me now. I feel the feelings of other people. good and bad. I have tried hiding from everyone by hardly ever leaving my house but people always look to me for help. I am pretty sure this is my reason for being on this earth. I give too much of myself and I am emotionally drained but I don’t want to turn my back on the ones who need me. I just want to leave my email here in case you ever find out how to deal with what you are feeling would you please contact me because I also need to know what it is before this destroys me. my email is

    2. Falicia, Me too Dear Sister. We are still scattered here and there using the energies and gifts of Mother Earth.
      In love and light Dana

  13. Its always wonderful to hear others, know others are moving about their business. Different practices, view points. We will be here till the end of time, Shepherds of those unaware, who we will protect when the time arrives.
    While we may be feared, remain in shadows, this is not a discouragement to us Witches. We know our power, our place and expect no reward. Our hearts guide us, our magick rides in our very souls. We take no money, expect no return for what we do. We do it, what ever the need, through love of the world and those who walk upon it.

    Blessed Be to all who walk the Ancient path

    1. How nice it is to know there are others out there.I know some things are wierd and i have just learned to go with it.

  14. ” Im sorry but this kinda of thing is making me mad.
    Ain’t nobody in the years past would ever say they were witches. Not a one.
    Others might have called them that if they didnt like them.
    But otherwise you was “blessed by God”, or it was simply hushed.

    No mountain hoodoo, no granny witches, or granny women, no appalachian witchcraft or conjure. No none of that.
    Its the second article I’ve seen about it and it just isn’t traditional, but trying to guise itself as traditional. Not at all.
    Some of the information here and there is good but some of it isn’t. Again our menfolk are just as important in their works as anybody else.
    Also we are not just Celts and Cherokee/Tsalgi.
    We got mixed blood running in our veins.
    Dutch folk, the scots-irish yes, the english, the spanish, the italians (and others).

    And yes the Native blood, but not everybody is of the Tsalgi lines in Appalachia. We also got some of those African lines running up through. Things people dont want to talk about, but its there none the less.
    Ain’t no shame in being a mixed blood. Its what Appalachia is built off of. Its not all Celt, and thats okay.

    What I do agree with is this. Don’t let it all die out. Somethings may be good to let go yes. But not everything needs to.

    If you know the herbs and the old cures long before we had doctors to even go to. If you plant by the signs, or watch for the mini winters like dogwood and whippoorwill in the spring, got a particular way with animals, know how to blood stop, or cure warts. Dont let it die.
    Not all the future generations are uninterested.
    Not all with disrespect what you know.

    Alright Im off my soap box for the evening.”

    All above by Arielle Short

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