The mayapple had an important place in the primitive medicine of the Native Americans & early settlers. The plant was used to treat certain warts & the roots were used to treat jaundice, fever, liver ailments, & syphilis. The mayapple is still used today in folk medicine in some areas of the Appalachian Mountains. A tea made from the roots is used to treat constipation. Source: USDA Forest Service Publication, October 6, 1973.
Near present-day Buckhannon, WV two brothers, the Pringles, during the 1760s, made their home in a great old hollow sycamore for two years as they eluded both Indians and the British army, from which they had deserted.
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