Special edition of Chronicles showcases Thunder in the Hills play

By Allen Worrell

July 12, 2014

Whether you had the chance to see it or not, the Spring 2014 edition of Carroll County Chronicles brings the Thunder in the Hills play about the 1912 Carroll County Courthouse Tragedy to life.

The Journal of the Carroll County Historical Society, Chronicles features a 76-page, limited edition look at the popular play put on in 2014 and 2012 about the 1912 shootout in the Carroll County Courthouse that left five people dead. Included in the double edition are interviews with most of the cast and crew of the 2014 edition of the play. Those interviewed are featured with their photo alongside a historical picture of the person they portrayed in the play.

The special Spring 2014 edition of Chronicles also features a history of Thunder in the Hills playwright and Carroll County native Frank Levering, cast members of the 2012 version of the play, reviews of the 2014 play written by Ron Hall, Mamie Howlett Scott and several others, a history of the J. Sidna Allen House in Fancy Gap, and an article about efforts to preserve the historic home.

“It’s a limited edition. We probably have about 100 copies left,” said Nancy Morris, Manager of the Carroll County Historical Society Museum. “Once they are gone, they are gone. We probably won’t be printing more.”

Cost of the Thunder in the Hills issue of Chronicles is $15, up from the normal price of $10 for members and $7.50 for non-members to make up for the additional printing costs associated with the double edition. Starting as two-page newsletter in the early 1980s, Carroll County Chronicles has grown into its current form, a large cardstock-type book. The special edition of Carroll County Chronicles is only available at the Carroll County Historical Society Museum, located inside the Historic Carroll County Courthouse on Main Street in Hillsville.