Part oral history, part romance novel, part social commentary, Phases of Life Where the Galax Grows is an engaging and enlightening collection of first-person accounts of the daily lives of the people living amongst the hills and hollows near the author’s home in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Written at the end of the 19th century by Mary Nelson Carter, and originally published in 1900 as part of a series about the old south, this updated “Phases of Life Where the Galax Grows” presents a unique picture of the war years, as remembered by the residents of the mountains around Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Describing life in that area, from the Civil War to the closing of the 19th century, the book is a unique historical record of the personal toll of the war on the folks back home, and a window into the culture of Appalachia that existed at that time, and the central role played by women.
This new edition has been enhanced with original photographs by the author. These historical images were taken of the people and places of the book, and were part of Mary Nelson Carters personal references when writing "Phases of Life Where the Galax Grows." These images add a new dimension of depth to the book.