Monday, October 3, 2011

Niggerhead Rock

Niggerhead Rock, Virginia

This hanging rock formation is best seen traveling south bound on Route 70 near Pennington Gap, Virginia. Stoneface was for many years known by a derogatory racial term (Niggerhead Rock) before being renamed Stoneface.

Nigger Head Rock

The rock formation formerly known as "Nigger Head Rock," has changed its name to "The Great Stone Face," or "Stoneface" is located in Pennington Gap, Virginia. It is said to mark the entrance to Cherokee holy ground.

17 comments:

  1. It shall always be know as NIGGER HEAD ROCK to any in this town
    Thank You,

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  2. My grandma was born in a shack under nigger head rock. She took me there when I was 12. That was 30a years ago now.

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    1. Very interesting! Was talking to my oldest living cousin recently. Found out my father had lived in Nigger Head. Would be interested to hear more. Is there a town called Nigger Head? Thanks.

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    2. No town called Nigger Head at this site. St. Charles, Stone Creek, and Pennington Gap are the only close communities.

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    3. My Mother was born and raised in Woodway. A stones throw from Pennington Gap. My Grandfather operated a tram in the mines for years. He was only 12 years old when he started working in those mines. She told my sister and I everyone used to call it Nigger Head Rock. She remembers when they officially changed the name to the Great Stone Face. We took her to her 50th class reunion several years back. Hadn't been there since I was a child. It was during the Fall season and I fell in love with my Mothers home state. Absolutely breath taking!

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  3. Hey, do you have any photographs of that shack? Or, any oral history of your grandma?

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  4. I use to go by it everyday have pics of it hanging up in my house

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  5. When I was young about 13 or 14 me and my friends climbed to the top and walked out on top of his head my grandpa he didn't want to ever here of going back and I haven't that was 35 years ago ...but wow what a view

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  6. I was born in Pennington Gap. My family had a restaurant there. It will always be Nigger Head rock to us !

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  7. I gave a white cornfed bitch this nigger head haha.

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  8. A local bank had checks with a vignette of the rock for-
    mation and the inscription "Nigger Head Rock. I have one.

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  9. There was a road house near there, called Nigger Head Club. My father, who waa raised in the area, said that the club was a school bus stop, and that the proprietors would sell "near beer" to kids who'd come in after the bus dropped them off! This wouldve been in tge early 1940s. I have a newspaper clipping about a shooting that occured there, involving some cousins of my father...the headline read "Tenn. Woman Critically Wounded by Pistol Shot Near Nigger Head Sat." Ill post it if anyone else want to see it.

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  10. There was a road house near there, called Nigger Head Club. My father, who waa raised in the area, said that the club was a school bus stop, and that the proprietors would sell "near beer" to kids who'd come in after the bus dropped them off! This wouldve been in tge early 1940s. I have a newspaper clipping about a shooting that occured there, involving some cousins of my father...the headline read "Tenn. Woman Critically Wounded by Pistol Shot Near Nigger Head Sat." Ill post it if anyone else want to see it.

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  11. I've never been to Nigger Head Rock,is that near Jigaboo creek or across from the Sand Nigger Dunes.

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