Early days in Haywood and Madison Counties in western North Carolina, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales and factual data in this new 58-page spiral-bound booklet, comprised of excerpts from several vintage books. These source materials include John Hill Wheeler's 1851 Historical Sketches of North Carolina; North Carolina, A Guide to the Old North State, a product of the WPA, first published in 1939; and A New Geography of North Carolina, a project started in the 1950s. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Haywood County -- Waynesville (county seat), Canton, Hazelwood, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie, Waterville, Iron Duff, and Cruso. Madison County -- Marshall (county seat), Mars Hill, Hot Springs, Spring Creek, Walnut, Spill Corn, and Warm Springs. Among the many subjects included are: An interesting letter from 1838 regarding the Cherokee nation and temperence; Members of the General Assembly from Haywood County before 1851; Geological and Physical features, including the Smoky Mountains, the Pigeon River and the French Broad; David Nelson, Edward Hyatt, the Love family and other early settlers; Civil War and other Military matters; Religion, schools, agriculture, minerals, transportation, and industry; Robert Lee Moore and Hoyt Blackwell, presidents of Mars Hill College; a successful Community Development Program; Champion Paper and Fibre Co.; John Gray Blount, a hydro-electric power plant and an eight-mile tunnel; the Ferguson brothers; Bear dogs, eating ramps at a "ramp convention", stories about names, hog drovers on the Greenville to Greeneville turnpike, Sheriff Jesse James Bailey and moonshine perscriptions, a murder mansion, a high school with its own island, and other interesting bits of history and trivia. The WPA section offers a nostalgic glimpse of the area from a 1939 vantage point, offering historical notes and sightseeing possibilities.
Haywood and Madison Counties, NC
Sources: History of Haywood County North Carolina / History of Madison County North Carolina / Historical Sketches of North Carolina
Authors: John Hill Wheeler, et al
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Original Publisher: The Arkansaw Traveler Publishing Co.
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