Image Courtesy of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Archives
Barter was a vital element in the subsistence economy of early Appalachia. In its purest form, it was the moneyless exchange of goods and services. Barter allowed farm families to supplement the goods they produced on their farms with things that they could not provide for themselves. For example a blacksmith, miller, or doctor would provide his or her services in exchange for chickens or milk. But seldom was a household’s economy based on home production and barter alone. Even in early settlement days, most families produced something to sell for cash. It might be livestock, leather, forest herbs, or whiskey. Barter has remained useful into recent times and still has its practitioners, as a natural system of exchange that supports a strong sense of community.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Rob Tiger, 2012 Mountain Heritage Award, 2012
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Awards for 2012 were presented Saturday (Sept. 29) to Rob Tiger, a Hayesville community leader who has led […]
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- Linn Cove Viaduct Photo by Hugh Morton, Courtesy Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation
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- Rocks and Mineral in Franklin, NC Adventures of the American Mind- Western Carolina University project will consist of the learner building an understanding of the composition and uses of rocks and minerals. [...]
- Tanning Tanning is the ancient craft of transforming animal skins into durable leather.
It was widely practiced in the southern mountains. . .