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New Heritage Trails in the High Country Region

New Heritage Trails in the High Country Region  Two cultural heritage trails developed by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area will give your visit to the High Country of Western North Carolina new meaning.  Here is a list of sites

A Crossnore NC Day Trip

Located less than a half hour’s drive from Banner Elk, North Carolina, not only is Crossnore home to the school founded by Dr. Mary Martin Sloop in 1913 to help educate impoverished children, but also boasts a community filled with

Trout in Western North Carolina

The High Country is a well know fly-fishing area in the United States.  With many headwaters starting in Avery County, the cool waters provide the perfect home for trout and the mountains provide the perfect atmosphere for a day of

The 1908 Jones House Music & Arts

On the National Historic Register, the Jones House was built in 1908 by Dr. John Walter Jones.  Located in the middle of downtown Boone, on King Street, the beautiful turn of the century house has the perfect location for a

Historic Inns of the High Country

Green Park Inn Since opening in 1891 the Green Park Inn has lodged some of the most powerful and famous people in the world. Marilyn Monroe, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Calvin Coolidge have all been guests

Where to Find Free Music in the High Country!

Beneath the billboards, down the road, down the driveway, behind the trees, there¹s a gathering of local folks playing music, telling stories, and dancing. This gathering place may be just about anywhere in the High Country, for there are many

The History of the Settlement of the High Country

REALLY Early Settlement Clovis-type fluted spearpoints have been found in the High Country dating as far back as 13,500 years before the present. During Colonial Days, the Cherokee, Creekand Shawnee tribes appeared to be residents, using the high mountains in

Tom Dooley Tour

Who hasn’t heard of the Ballad of Tom Dooley (Dula)? Made famous by the Kingston Trio in 1957, and recorded by numerous other artists, the song tells the story of young Tom Dula (pronounced Dooley by locals) and his involvement

Civil War Trails of the High County

From 2011-2015 North Carolina is commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in North Carolina. While only one engagement by regular troops was fought in the High Country, by Stoneman’s cavalry and appropriately named Stoneman’s Raid, many guerilla raids by

Blue Ridge Parkway History

The construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway came about through a combination of circumstances, which could never be duplicated. Although the idea of a road that would reach across the southern Appalachian Mountains had been discussed from time to time,

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