Institutions Archive

  • Cullowhee is an unincoporated community located in the Tuckaseigee Valley of Jackson County, North Carolina where Cullowhee Creek joins the […]

    Cullowhee

    Cullowhee is an unincoporated community located in the Tuckaseigee Valley of Jackson County, North Carolina where Cullowhee Creek joins the […]

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  •   Face jugs, a form of folk art, are so-called because human faces are shaped on them. Because the faces […]

    Facejugs

      Face jugs, a form of folk art, are so-called because human faces are shaped on them. Because the faces […]

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  • In the early 20th century, the Appalachian forest was subjected to devastating large-scale commercial exploitation for the first time. At […]

    Cradle of Forestry

    In the early 20th century, the Appalachian forest was subjected to devastating large-scale commercial exploitation for the first time. At […]

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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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  • In 1952, the Cherokee Historical Association opened the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a recreated Cherokee village set in the 1750s. . .

    Oconaluftee Indian Village

    In 1952, the Cherokee Historical Association opened the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a recreated Cherokee village set in the 1750s. . .

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  • Essay by Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU 2008 Back in the 1930s and 1940s, when moonshining was a means […]

    Junior Johnson

    Essay by Timothy N. Osment History, M.A. WCU 2008 Back in the 1930s and 1940s, when moonshining was a means […]

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  • For several years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States. Consequently, a wide variety of treatments emerged claiming to sooth. . .

    Sanitariums

    For several years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States. Consequently, a wide variety of treatments emerged claiming to sooth. . .

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  • The widespread poverty that the Great Depression brought to Appalachia led to the founding of one of the area’s most valuable treasures: the Penland School of Crafts. Nestled deep in the hills of western North Carolina’s Mitchell County is the small community of Penland. . .

    Penland School of Crafts

    The widespread poverty that the Great Depression brought to Appalachia led to the founding of one of the area’s most valuable treasures: the Penland School of Crafts. Nestled deep in the hills of western North Carolina’s Mitchell County is the small community of Penland. . .

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