Baptism in Appalachia. The Granny Woman was a Christian, born and bred. Most churches in the mountains were Baptist, Pentacostal and Methodist. The lore that guided her practices came with her ancestors from Europe (usually the British Isles) and was supplemented by those of the Native American population, but she was in no way a pagan. She may have practiced herbalism, charm making, and reading signs, but she wasn't a witch.
Three of the Walker sisters are shown ginning cotton in a photograph from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s new 75th-anniversary Web site. The sisters were granted a lifetime lease in the park and dwelled at their cabin, without electricity or plumbing, for the rest of their lives. The last of the sisters died in the 1960s