Old Time Nugget: Rattlesnakes and Fiddles

fiddlerThere are occasions when I’m reading along in some interesting ancestry information, and I come across something intriguing that piques my interest.  When that happens, I’m going to make a blog post out of it.  Hope you find it interesting too!

In this case, it’s about putting rattlesnake rattles inside fiddles.  The story I was reading was about an Irish family named Porter and there was a mention of a very, very old fiddle they had from Ireland which had a very sweet sound which was attributed to the rattlesnake rattles that had been placed inside of it.  Who knew?  Click here to read more about this practice from the Appalachian History blog.


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