Historic Tales of Highlands: Looking Backward

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Helen Hill Norris grew up in Horse Cove, perched high in the Southern Appalachians outside Highlands, North Carolina. For a decade starting in 1958, she wrote a weekly column for the Highlander called “Looking Backward.” Drawing on her childhood and the tales her elders would tell around the fireplace, Norris conjures a bygone frontier world of covered wagons, gold miners, traveling peddlers and headstrong shopkeepers. Witness a harrowing Civil War encounter with the notorious Kirk’s Raiders. Come along as a six-mule wagon carries a Steinway grand piano across the treacherous Chattooga River. Watch two uncles go to extremes to settle an argument over whether moles have teeth. Evocative, richly detailed and often laugh-out-loud funny, these stories reveal Norris to be one of the finest unsung storytellers of the American South.
ISBN: 9781467149457
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 81
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Helen Martense Hill Norris was born in Highlands, North Carolina, in 1882, one of four children of Sarah Frost Hill and Frank Harrison Hill. For a decade starting in 1958, she wrote a weekly column for the Highlander newspaper called “Looking Backward” in which she shared stories from her own childhood and those she had absorbed from her elders on cold nights huddled around the Hill House fireplace. Those columns, which were first collected in two volumes in 1962 and 1963, are being reprinted here in slightly edited form for the first time in nearly six decades. She died in 1968 and is buried in Horse Cove.
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