Watauga County Revisited

Watauga County Revisited

by Terry L. Harmon

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Overview

Prior to its formation in 1849, Watauga County was a hunting ground for the Cherokee and part of the trail blazed by frontiersman Daniel Boone, for whom the county seat was later named. Primarily settled by whites after the Revolutionary War, many of the county's earliest families came to the Appalachians from the Piedmont region of North Carolina and, prior to that, from the North--New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. These settlers were mainly of European extraction--English, German, Scottish, Irish, Swiss, and Welsh--along with a smaller African representation. Nestled in the panoramic Blue Ridge Mountains and unimagined by its early agrarian inhabitants, Watauga would become one of North Carolina's premier tourist destinations and home to Appalachian State University.

Primarily settled by whites after the Revolutionary War, many of the county's earliest families came to the Appalachians from the Piedmont region of North Carolina and, prior to that, from the North--New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. These settlers were mainly of European extraction--English, German, Scottish, Irish, Swiss, and Welsh--along with a smaller African representation. Nestled in the panoramic Blue Ridge Mountains and unimagined by its early agrarian inhabitants, Watauga would become one of North Carolina's premier tourist destinations and home to Appalachian State University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467134392
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/04/2016
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Donna Gayle Akers and Brian Lambeth authored the original Watauga County in 2008. In this volume, author Terry L. Harmon, an eighth-generation native Wataugan with an almost 40-year involvement in local history, revisits the county with numerous selected images--many from his personal collection--that reflect the area's earlier days and serve as windows into its people and places.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry 9

2 Schools and Religious Life 39

3 Home, Family, and Leisure 53

4 Oh, Play Me That Mountain Music! 77

5 Mountain Fashion 85

6 Natives and Other Notables 93

7 Mother Nature 105

8 Everyone Loves a Parade! 107

9 Around the Appalachian State University Campus 113

10 Local Landmarks 119

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