Ever wanted to have your fortune told? Would you believe it if you heard it? Foxfire contacts Lawton Brooks and Leila Gibson sure did! They recall a group of nomadic traders in Appalachia commonly called gypsies, although they weren’t like the gypsies you might be thinking of. As Hob Duvall points out, these “gypsies” were groups of Irish families that moved through the mountains, trading horses and mules and telling a fortune or two along the way.

Read the full article in Foxfire, Fall 1976, p. 223-237

Gypsies, or Irish Traders as they preferred to be called, made their living as horse and mule traders throughout Appalachia.

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