Western N.C.

vallecrucis

Valle Crucis

Visitors flock to Valle Crucis for its mountain beauty and historic charm. Underneath the obvious appeal, however, lies a generous spirit that built the small town and continues to sustain it.
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ontopoftheworld

On Top of the World

For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid ground and revel in some of western North Carolina’s most inspiring views.
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Cherokee

Cherokee

In the Great Smoky Mountains, a story of survival, endurance, and identity unfolds through the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.

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Weaverville

Weaverville

The tiny town north of Asheville carves out its own identity, using the hands and personalities of its people.
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strandsoftradition

Strands of Tradition

The beautiful tradition of finger-weaving nearly slipped away from the Cherokee culture. Few are doing more to revive the craft than Karen George.
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whentheparkwaycame

When the Parkway Came by Anne Mitchell Whisnant and David E. Whisnant

When the Parkway Came shares with young readers the story of how one family is affected when the Blue Ridge Parkway is built through their land.
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French Broad River

Back from the Brink

Slicing through western North Carolina on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, the French Broad River is thriving once again after years of abuse.
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Winyah Sanitarium in Asheville, N.C.

Carolina’s Magic Mountains

In the early 20th century, people from all over the world came
to Asheville seeking wellness. Today, they still do.
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Cherokee Basketry

Cherokee Basketry, From the Hands of Our Elders by M. Anna Fariello

Cherokee Basketry explores not only the history of the craft that continues today but how that craft connects modern craftspeople with their ancestors.
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Miracle of Hickory

Polio terrorized communities that never knew where or when it would strike. When an epidemic hit the North Carolina high country in 1944, folks responded with swift and unprecedented action.

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