Established in 1911, Avery County is the youngest North Carolina county. Despite its recent formation, Avery has an intriguing history and rich Appalachian culture. Over the years, photographers have been eager to capture Grandfather Mountain, majestic Linville Falls, church groups, families, mighty steam engines, and many other diverse aspects of mountain culture. James “Lenoir” Franklin from the Linville Falls community photographed the southern portions of the county in the early 1900s. Operating during the same time, Willie R. Trivett lived and photographed in the Beech Mountain area. Drs. Mary and Eustace Sloop, founders of the Crossnore School, also took numerous photographs of Appalachian life. In more recent times, Grandfather Mountain’s Hugh Morton has captured endearing images of the people and places of Avery County.
Author Bio: Michael C. Hardy is an author, photographer, and historian whose work focuses on the Appalachian region. He lives in Crossnore and serves on the board of the Avery County Historical Society and Museum. Hardy has compiled this remarkable collection that takes the reader on a visual journey celebrating Avery County’s colorful history.
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