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Perched on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and founded in 1875 as a health and summer resort, the town of Highlands in Western North Carolina enjoys a northern climate in a southern setting. Its people originate from across the nation, giving an otherwise provincial village a cosmopolitan worldview, and its natural surroundings have attracted professionals in the arts and sciences as well as laborers, tradesmen, and craftsmen. The photographs in this volume attest to the extraordinary variety of characters that inhabited the Highlands plateau at the town's founding and during the first half-century of its growth and development.
ISBN: 9780738554037
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. Randolph Preston Shaffner attended Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an educator, he studied and taught in the United States, Europe, and Asia. As an author, he published a seminal study of the bildungsroman and two histories, including Heart of the Blue Ridge, labeled “the definitive history of Highlands” by the North Carolina Historical Review. As an entrepreneur, Shaffner founded Cyrano's Bookshop and Faraway Publishing, both based in Highlands, and he currently serves as archivist for the Highlands Historical Society. His fascination with the town and its people has evolved from 30 years of living in Highlands and recording its history.
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