A short history of a remarkable place.
From prehistorical geological shifts that sculpted rivers and moved mountains to the celebration of Transylvania County as a world-class location for arts and adventure in recent decades, the history of these mountains is written across its landscape and woven into the rich tapestry of local culture.
A number of celebrated writers have written evocative books about Transylvania County in particular and the Southern Appalachians in general. Here’s a brief reading list:
- The French Broad by Wilma Dykeman
- Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
- Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell
- Oral History by Lee Smith
- May We All Remember Well, A Journal of the History and Cultures of Western North Carolina by Robert S. Brunk
- Our Southern Highlanders by Horace Kephart