On this day in 1929, Rye Cove Cyclone struck the Rye Cove School in the Appalachian highlands of Scott County, killing twelve students and one teacher and injuring fifty-four. As a result, the school’s 1929–1930 term was canceled. Later that year, the singing trio the Carter Family recorded “The Cyclone of Rye Cove” for RCA Victor.
Read about the Carter Family’s legendary Bristol Sessions, from 1927, here, and listen to their song about Rye Cove below.
IMAGE: Top: Men view the ruins of the Rye Cove School in Scott County after a tornado hit it a week earlier, on May 2, 1929 (Library of Virginia); bottom: The Washington Post reports on the Rye Cove Cyclone that hit Scott County Virginia (May 3, 1929); the Carter Family