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Henderson County Life

Life in the early 1900s in these mountains

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Tags: Southern Appalachian culture | Jere Brittain | Velma Gillespie Brittain

Henderson County News

NPS celebrates march of Overmountain men to pivotal Revolutionary War battle

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The National Park Service is hosting the annual Overmountain Victory Celebration on the grounds of the Museum of North Carolina Minerals at milepost 331 on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday. The living history encampment celebrates the crossing of the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Overmountain Men on their way to a pivotal battle with British forces at Kings Mountain that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War in favor of the forces for Independence. In the fall of 1780, during the Revolutionary War, the American fight for independence was struggling. British Major Patrick Ferguson demanded allegiance to the King of England from the people living in the Carolina backcountry and the Appalachians. Referred to as the Overmountain area, these settlements were west of — or “over” — the Appalachian Mountains. At that time, this was the boundary dividing the thirteen American colonies from the western frontier. The Overmountain area included parts of North Carolina, Virginia and what is now Tennessee.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Southern Appalachian culture | Revolutionary War | Overmountain Men

Henderson County Life

Terry Ruscin, prolific author on local history, dies unexpectedly

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Terry Ruscin, a researcher, writer and photographer who wrote a half dozen books about his adopted home of Hendersonville, died unexpectedly last week after suffering a medical issue while walking his dog, Lucy, friends said in numerous Facebook posts. He was 70.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County History | History | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission | Southern Appalachian culture | Terry Ruscin

Henderson County News

History enthusiast to talk about early days of Saluda

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James Metcalf will present the story of early Saluda, focusing on history long before 1881 when Saluda's 1881 charter and  before the railroad was cut into the steep gorge of what is now known as the Saluda Grade, in the Historic Saluda Committee's Step Back in History Series at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Saluda Public Library.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | Southern Appalachian culture

Fletcher News

Original cornerstone coming home to the Meadows

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FLETCHER — A pivotal chapter in local history is about to come full circle as the cornerstone from the historic Meadows property in Fletcher is returned to its original location.   Read Story »

Tags: Southern Appalachian culture | historic homes | Westfeldt family | The Meadows | Calvary Episcopal Church

Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about ridgeline development

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Tags: land-use planning | Southern Appalachian culture | ridgeline development

Henderson County News

Mountain balladeers to perform

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Two eighth-generation mountain ballad singers will be featured in the "Keeping the Fires Burning" series presented by the Center for Cultural Preservation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at Patton Auditorium. Donna Ray Norton and Melanie Rice Penland, both from Sodom, Madison County, will perform and discuss the history of ballad music and how it evolved as it crossed the wide sea.   Read Story »

Tags: Music | performing arts | Southern Appalachian culture | Center for Cultural Preservation

Henderson County News

Hendersonville documentary project wins grant

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The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded a $9,000 grant to a Hendersonville-based project that seeks to collect and preserve oral histories of Southern Appalachian people and their lifestyles.   Read Story »

Tags: History | David Weintraub | Connecting with Elders | Southern Appalachian culture