Anna Wess

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  1. I’m loving this article. It has lit a little fire under me to research in a new area. I was adopted, and I know little to nothing about my ancestry. I often wonder where my “roots” are from, as I had a natural inclination towards witchcraft from a very young age…. long before I knew or could understand what it was.

    I could only hope my history is something as wonderful as the history you have spun within these stories. I would love to know why the broken clock begins to tick and tock again, why the sparrow flies into the window, and why the cow moos after dark. Please keep your writing up! I’m excited to research further into this history and all that you have written here.

  2. anna wess I check every day to see new writings, please don’t stop. all us girls raised by the nap of our neck check in to your stories “to get grounded”. all this bullshit talk of witchcraft/wicca- an Appalachian believes in the lord above. she gets her spirits, thoughts and advice from God above which is pass down to Mother Earth. Why you people make “witchcraft” out of strong people like myself. I listen to the Lord above, he provides for Mother Earth, she will teach you how to heal and take care people. Not any witch craft in that— it speaks of people in the Bible that can talk to spirits etc. There is a God above and created all things for us to enjoy.

  3. I just happened to stumble across your writings tonight and I can’t stop reading. Everything so speaks to this little East Tennessee heart of mine. Just wanted to say how much I love these stories and your wonderful way with words ❤️

  4. Anna,
    You dont know me but I could use your help. I found this as I was searching for things my great grandmother could and was to pass on to my mother but, the children put her in a home and mother went back to live with her mother and it didnt happen because my great grandmother died within 2 weeks. I find I and my daughter can do some of those things. I to get what’s been lost so I can pass it on. This is the first time I’ve read about the things that my great grandmother did. My heart jumped and I actually felt like I found my people when I read it.
    I just need your help if you could.
    Just emails, I’m not asking to meet or anything just information so I no longer feel like I’m crazy or evil.
    Anyway, I’d you could and would be willing to help please email.

  5. Anna I have just found your work recently and love it. I live in West Virginia, so your stories truely are like home. The story about the lights really was amazing. My mom and I have seen them but never talk much to others about them for fear they will think we are “tetched” in the head. Glad to know there are others out there who know what I am talking about. Have a great day, keep telling stories and be blessed.

  6. Dear Honorable Anna Wess: Great day in the morning! GOD Bless you! I’m just finding out about you this morning. You’ve made my day. I’m from Wheeling, WV and now living in NYC. As a child I always ventured into the woods by myself because they pulsated with grandeur and a magical aura. West Virginia has a special mystic. It’s a major part of why I love the mystical life. If you’re coming to NYC, I’d, love to meet you. Please continue your connection with the Divine. It’s so needed in this “season of confusion”. Please stay in touch! Sincerely, Shadeed

  7. Lord Sugar! Your words touch me to my soul. I grew up not far from you in Princeton,WV and while my granny would balk at the word witch, she taught me so much and there ain’t a day goes by I dont miss my granny with an achin’. Keep up the great work! If ya wanna talk to someone and swap some ideas and stories feel free to shoot a message my way!

    1. Awhile ago I heard you speak in Waxhaw and enjoy your stories very much. I am the vice-president of the Charlotte Newcomers Club. We have monthly luncheons, attended by 30 to 40 women, at the Cedarwood Country Club, 4100 Pineville – Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. We are always looking for guest speakers. Would you be interested in giving a talk on your stories at one of our luncheons?
      Phyllis Rosen
      4712 Linda Kay Drive
      Waxhaw, NC 28173

  8. Anna, Thank You for your beautiful artistic stories. I just found you this year. You touch the depths of my soul. May your light continue shinnin’ sweet sister.
    In love and light, Dana Harmon💚

  9. Anna, I’ve just now discovered you! I’m fascinated with Appalachian Granny women and their workings. Does your Granny have a stillroom book that she keeps with her recipes? Have you ever heard of John Gunn’s medicinal (it is based, I believe, on eastern Tennessee plants)? I have just completed writing my first book, a novella, based on a 17th-century Ipswich, MA, healer and midwife.

  10. Your beautiful stories set amongst the hills and magical mountains are also my very own dreams 👼🌛! I am a healer, a gift from nature and sure wish I had a wise and wonderful Grandmother like you…🍃🔮🌜😇 Blessings to you… always, Trudy Anne Good Night 💤🌙
    😊 Sweet Dream

    1. Cheri, I’m working on a magazine for western NC, and I’d love to chat with you about any number of topics. Could you email sometime at carmen@eckardphotographic dot com?

      Anna, I’ve messaged you as well.

  11. Your writing makes the back of my neck prickle in a way that I rarely experience. I’ve been looking for writing about mountain mother for a long time. I hope you continue! I think you’ve struck something golden. Thank you for acquainting me to Granny and the mountains.

  12. Anna,

    I get your stuff from Annie (“Uptocountry”) who was our den mother in the Office of Legislative Affairs for the USN. By way of introduction, I may be a native Detroiter- and proud to this day about what was- but my Irish-side people were all river folks on the Ohio and they flowed south through Nashville, and walked around the Upper South for a total of seven years in the Great Unpleasantness between the States.

    The Scots side were central Pennsylvania for a couple centuries, roots to the Revolution and the Pennsylvania Third Regiment of Foot who fought against the tyrant George III.

    I would like to interview you for my Socotra blog. Would you have the time? In-person always is best, but phone can work, too. 703-216-1837.

    Check the site for my bona fides:

    Love your way with words! There is something about the way you tell the stories of the families in the little towns in the narrow hollows below the low mountains that tugs strongly at my heart.

    Mom’s river home of Bellaire, OH, was selected for the on-site scenes in Jodie Foster’s film “The Silence of the Lambs” because you can’t find a more pretty and depressing place. We still get some of us buried there on the hill above town, though we do argue about whether is the Catholic side or not.

    Oh, I am a Bad Apple, too. Please put me on your distribution list.


  13. My grandmother was a witch in the old Americana tradition. She passed some of her knowledge on to myself, a bit to a female cousin. She passed too early. Before being able to train me in the oldways. I feel her blood in my beating heart and have her grace within. My greatest regret is to not have enough time with her. I will be interested to seek more information by lesrning about you Miss Anna Wess. Thank you.

  14. Your writings express very well my childhood and adulthood in the North Georgia Mountains I call home. Thank you for putting into words all these feelings (both bad and good) that I cannot articulate. Blessed be!

    1. Finding a letter in my mailbox from Anna Wess is like getting money from home and not sending for it. Anna’s stories are a gift that can me back to the people and places that now are gone, but will life forever in my memories. Thank you, Anna Wess.

  15. About your novel, Miss Anna, there’s no time like the present! Considering what your words do for the soul and how needy we are, please feed us. I am going on 71 years old and I would be grateful to hold your novel in my hands and pass it on to my granddaughters.

  16. I enjoyed reading your article “Southwest Virginia Saturday Nights”. My family is from Saltville, Va, Not far where you grew up!

  17. Ms. Wess, I’m a graduate student studying Appalachian folk traditions at Marshall University (Huntington, WV) and I was wondering if you would mind conducting a short interview with me about Appalachian granny magic? I can conduct the interview via email or over the phone, whichever you prefer. Thank you for your time and your wonderful blog. I can be reached at

  18. Ive had three very enjoyable trips to the Appalachian area of Virginia and North Carolina in my pursuit of the oldtime mountain music.Ive met and spent sometime with some of the mountain people.In my practice of Wicca now I was very interested to find Appalachian Witchcraft tradition.I am sure the rural life,beautifull environment and animals unique to that area must just enrich your practice.Witchcraft is nature based and you could not get a better platform than the Appalachians.
    Best wishes

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