Mountains

Mountain Educators

Mountain Educators: The Dougherty Family and the First Fifty Years of Appalachian by Doris Perry Stam

In our era of giant land-grant universities, it’s worth remembering that 17,000-student Appalachian State University started as a country schoolhouse framed from Blue Ridge Mountains timber. The mission of what was originally called Watauga Academy in Boone was to train
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North Carolina’s Land of Oz

Take a walk down memory lane and the yellow brick road! Share your stories and photos from visits to the Land of Oz theme park.
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No Place Like Home: Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

For years, Cynthia Keller couldn’t finish watching The Wizard of Oz, for fear of the Wicked Witch. Now, as caretaker of Beech Mountain’s Land of Oz, she wakes up every day in a house at the center of the wonderful land.
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Malaprop’s

While overcoming the literary persecution of her childhood, Emöke B’Racz established Asheville’s signature bookstore and pioneered the downtown business revival.
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My Town: Little Switzerland

My Town: Little Switzerland

Ann Kernahan shares the story Little Switzerland, the mountain town she’s come to call home.
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Sharing their Love

At Millstone Meadows Daylily Farm in Morganton, a couple found a home and a place to grow their passions — his for flowers, hers for food.
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Biltmore Insider’s Tour

A behind-the-scenes visit to North Carolina’s grandest home reveals more than the inner workings of a mansion. Four tours illuminate the inner beauty of a bachelor turned family man.
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Hot Springs

In the mountains, a town gives off a peaceful feeling that’s as healing as its waters.
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My Town: Spruce Pine

My Town: Spruce Pine

Bill Wilson recalls a memory about Spruce Pine in the 1970s that captures the essence of small town North Carolina.
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Call of the Cabin

On their small mountain in Haywood County, Dan and Betsy Boyd put special care into every piece of wood that makes up their Boyd Mountain Cabins.
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