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  • Dinner on the Ground in the Upland South from Appalachia to the Ozarks, is an outdoor picnic held at Decoration […]

    Dinner on the Ground

    Dinner on the Ground in the Upland South from Appalachia to the Ozarks, is an outdoor picnic held at Decoration […]

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  • Between 1566 and 1567, Juan Pardo, a Spanish explorer and conquistador, following the earlier example of Hernando DeSoto, led two […]

    Juan Pardo

    Between 1566 and 1567, Juan Pardo, a Spanish explorer and conquistador, following the earlier example of Hernando DeSoto, led two […]

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  • 18-year-old Frankie Silver was hanged in Morganton, North Carolina in 1833, convicted of killing then dismembering her 19-year-old husband in […]

    Frankie Silver

    18-year-old Frankie Silver was hanged in Morganton, North Carolina in 1833, convicted of killing then dismembering her 19-year-old husband in […]

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  • F. Scott Fitzgerald was the famous author of The Great Gatsby and other novels chronicling fast life in the Jazz Age.  Scott, an Army officer, met Zelda, a Montgomery, Alabama debutante, at a dance in 1918. . .

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was the famous author of The Great Gatsby and other novels chronicling fast life in the Jazz Age. Scott, an Army officer, met Zelda, a Montgomery, Alabama debutante, at a dance in 1918. . .

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  • Yale educated Elisha Mitchell moved from Connecticut to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1818 to become Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. . .

    Elisha Mitchell

    Yale educated Elisha Mitchell moved from Connecticut to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1818 to become Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. . .

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  • Ben Long, an internationally acclaimed American painter, grew up in Statesville, North Carolina.  In the 1970s the then unknown artist persuaded the priest in charge of two small, rural Episcopal churches. . .

    Ben Long

    Ben Long, an internationally acclaimed American painter, grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. In the 1970s the then unknown artist persuaded the priest in charge of two small, rural Episcopal churches. . .

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  • George Vanderbilt established All Souls Episcopal Church in 1896 to serve the workers on his Biltmore Estate near Asheville.  The […]

    All Souls Episcopal Church

    George Vanderbilt established All Souls Episcopal Church in 1896 to serve the workers on his Biltmore Estate near Asheville.  The […]

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  • In 1933, Black Mountain College opened near Black Mountain, North Carolina.  Dedicated to the arts, it marked a radical departure from most colleges of the time.  It was an experiment in progressive education and communal work.

    Black Mountain College

    In 1933, Black Mountain College opened near Black Mountain, North Carolina. Dedicated to the arts, it marked a radical departure from most colleges of the time. It was an experiment in progressive education and communal work.

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  • In 1892, Frances Goodrich, a New England educated Presbyterian Missionary, moved to the Madison County community of Allanstand.  Her goal: to improve the quality of life for mountain families.  Her means was the promotion of traditional crafts to a growing American market for authentic handicrafts. . .

    Craft Guild

    In 1892, Frances Goodrich, a New England educated Presbyterian Missionary, moved to the Madison County community of Allanstand. Her goal: to improve the quality of life for mountain families. Her means was the promotion of traditional crafts to a growing American market for authentic handicrafts. . .

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  • The Highlander Folk School was founded in 1932 in Monteagle on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.  Its founders envisioned an adult education center where mountain people could tackle community problems. . .

    Highlander Folk School

    The Highlander Folk School was founded in 1932 in Monteagle on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Its founders envisioned an adult education center where mountain people could tackle community problems. . .

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  • In 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford turned his vast knowledge of traditional music and his organizational skills to the creation of a local music festival.  The Asheville Chamber of Commerce had long sponsored an annual Rhododendron Festival, highlighting mountain arts and crafts. . .

    Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

    In 1928, Bascom Lamar Lunsford turned his vast knowledge of traditional music and his organizational skills to the creation of a local music festival. The Asheville Chamber of Commerce had long sponsored an annual Rhododendron Festival, highlighting mountain arts and crafts. . .

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  • In May 1867, having been led by the spirit of God, newly freed slaves from Charleston joined with their ministers to establish the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, North Carolina.  With no permanent meeting house and only circuit riding clergymen. . .

    Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church

    In May 1867, having been led by the spirit of God, newly freed slaves from Charleston joined with their ministers to establish the Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church in East Flat Rock, North Carolina. With no permanent meeting house and only circuit riding clergymen. . .

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  • Riverside Cemetery, located in Asheville’s historic Montford District overlooking the French Broad River, was established in 1885 to serve a growing city.  The beautiful and historic cemetery’s 87 carefully landscaped acres. . .

    Riverside Cemetery

    Riverside Cemetery, located in Asheville’s historic Montford District overlooking the French Broad River, was established in 1885 to serve a growing city. The beautiful and historic cemetery’s 87 carefully landscaped acres. . .

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  • Jackson County, created in 1851, built a brand new town named Webster to be its county seat. Court was held at Daniel Bryson’s home and at Alan Fisher’s store until the courthouse was finished. In 1887, a second courthouse was built, but the new railroad had bypassed Webster three years earlier. . .

    Jackson County Courthouse

    Jackson County, created in 1851, built a brand new town named Webster to be its county seat. Court was held at Daniel Bryson’s home and at Alan Fisher’s store until the courthouse was finished. In 1887, a second courthouse was built, but the new railroad had bypassed Webster three years earlier. . .

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  • Gertrude Dills McKee, daughter of the founder of Dillsboro, North Carolina, married local businessman Ernest Lyndon McKee.  She worked actively for various civic causes. . .

    Gertrude Dills McKee

    Gertrude Dills McKee, daughter of the founder of Dillsboro, North Carolina, married local businessman Ernest Lyndon McKee. She worked actively for various civic causes. . .

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