Economy Archive

  •   The Mace family of western North Carolina became famous for their comfortable chairs, called “settin’ cheers.” Beginning after the […]

    Mace Chairs

      The Mace family of western North Carolina became famous for their comfortable chairs, called “settin’ cheers.” Beginning after the […]

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  •   Appalachian people, of Cherokee, European, and African origin, all share a long history of making useful and decorative items […]

    Cornhusk Crafts

      Appalachian people, of Cherokee, European, and African origin, all share a long history of making useful and decorative items […]

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  • Mica, also known as “isinglass”, is a mineral mined primarily in Western North Carolina for its unequaled heat resistant qualities.  Men mostly prospected for and mined the mica while women processed it in mica houses. .

    Mica Workers

    Mica, also known as “isinglass”, is a mineral mined primarily in Western North Carolina for its unequaled heat resistant qualities. Men mostly prospected for and mined the mica while women processed it in mica houses. .

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  • Europeans introduced the important craft of iron making to Appalachia in the 16th century.  Iron ore was discovered all over the region.  Large deposits were found in Pennsylvania.  Smaller ones were scattered in places like Cherokee. . .

    Iron Making

    Europeans introduced the important craft of iron making to Appalachia in the 16th century. Iron ore was discovered all over the region. Large deposits were found in Pennsylvania. Smaller ones were scattered in places like Cherokee. . .

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  • From the 1880s until World War II, Appalachian crafts were rejuvenated by a cultural revival.  It was led by missionaries and social workers who wanted both to preserve Appalachian culture, but also to improve the wellbeing of mountain people. . .

    Craft Revival

    From the 1880s until World War II, Appalachian crafts were rejuvenated by a cultural revival. It was led by missionaries and social workers who wanted both to preserve Appalachian culture, but also to improve the wellbeing of mountain people. . .

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  • Appalachian farm wives contributed to their family’s income through the butter and egg money they earned by taking their extra eggs and butter to the general store. . .

    Butter and Egg Money

    Appalachian farm wives contributed to their family’s income through the butter and egg money they earned by taking their extra eggs and butter to the general store. . .

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  • Feverish economic development is not new to Western North Carolina.  The arrival of the railroad in Asheville triggered a boom that resulted in the construction of over 65 new commercial buildings in the 1920s. . .

    Asheville Boom

    Feverish economic development is not new to Western North Carolina. The arrival of the railroad in Asheville triggered a boom that resulted in the construction of over 65 new commercial buildings in the 1920s. . .

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  • The Hanging Dog community in Cherokee County got its colorful name when a Cherokee Indian’s hunting dog barely escaped getting hung up in a mass of jammed logs and vines in a flooded creek. Nearby, European settlers found important deposits of iron. . .

    Hanging Dog

    The Hanging Dog community in Cherokee County got its colorful name when a Cherokee Indian’s hunting dog barely escaped getting hung up in a mass of jammed logs and vines in a flooded creek. Nearby, European settlers found important deposits of iron. . .

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  • The Nantahala Outdoor Center has quickly become one of the area’s most popular and recognized attractions.

    Nantahala Outdoor Center

    The Nantahala Outdoor Center has quickly become one of the area’s most popular and recognized attractions.

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  • Apples are a traditional and valuable part of our heritage in North Carolina. The most popular varieties nationwide--Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala--are grown here. In the western part of the state over 10,000 acres of orchards produce 75,000 tons of apples every year.

    Apples

    Apples are a traditional and valuable part of our heritage in North Carolina. The most popular varieties nationwide--Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala--are grown here. In the western part of the state over 10,000 acres of orchards produce 75,000 tons of apples every year.

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  • Most moviegoers are familiar with popular films that have made Appalachia their subject–like Thunder Road and Deliverance–or those that have […]

    Notable Movies

    Most moviegoers are familiar with popular films that have made Appalachia their subject–like Thunder Road and Deliverance–or those that have […]

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  • What do the GreenJackets, the RiverDogs, the Grasshoppers, the Catfish, the SandGnats, the BlueClaws, and the Crawdads have in common? They do not refer to square dance teams or high school debate clubs. Rather these intimidating monikers belong to professional, minor-league baseball teams. . .

    Asheville Tourists

    What do the GreenJackets, the RiverDogs, the Grasshoppers, the Catfish, the SandGnats, the BlueClaws, and the Crawdads have in common? They do not refer to square dance teams or high school debate clubs. Rather these intimidating monikers belong to professional, minor-league baseball teams. . .

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  • The recent growth of farmers’ markets across Appalachia is part of the effort of mountain farmers to survive in a national market dominated by large-scale agribusiness. The Department of Agriculture identifies more than 800 farmers’ markets throughout the region. . .

    Farmers’ Market

    The recent growth of farmers’ markets across Appalachia is part of the effort of mountain farmers to survive in a national market dominated by large-scale agribusiness. The Department of Agriculture identifies more than 800 farmers’ markets throughout the region. . .

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  • The practice of bee keeping entered Appalachia with the earliest European settlers, and honey was a prized sweetener long before granulated sugar was available. As late as the mid-20th century, most mountain farmers kept hives and practiced the skills of bee keeping. . .

    Bee Keeping

    The practice of bee keeping entered Appalachia with the earliest European settlers, and honey was a prized sweetener long before granulated sugar was available. As late as the mid-20th century, most mountain farmers kept hives and practiced the skills of bee keeping. . .

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  • Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, located on the Cherokee Indian reservation in North Carolina, was founded in 1946. Its goal […]

    Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual

    Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, located on the Cherokee Indian reservation in North Carolina, was founded in 1946. Its goal […]

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