Remembering Henderson County: A Legacy of Lore

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Having written for almost forty years on the cultural heritage that Henderson County holds so dear, Louise Bailey has progressed elegantly from being a valued preservationist of mountain history and lore to becoming something of a local treasure herself. This special selection of essays offers the best of Bailey's work along with some new stories that together offer readers, whether "old-timers" or newcomers to the area, a warm and informative perspective on the history and folklore of the county. We meet a delightful cast of characters whose stories—many of them told in a unique dialect and some dating back as far as the Civil War—tell of a truly independent way of life and of a fierce pride in their traditions. Silas Stepp's letters home from Confederate battlegrounds; Gran'dad Owenby's stories of logging and life in his log cabin; anecdotes from blind, old Elzie Floyd and from Clem the moonshiner; tales of granny-women and the old-time "yarb" doctors: these are just some of the stories that bring the history of this unique county to life.
ISBN: 9781596290129
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 75
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.375 (h)
For 37 years, Louise Howe Bailey has been a newspaper columnist for the Hendersonville Times-News in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and a lecturer on local history. She is the author of Draw Up a Chair, a history of Henderson County, and Generations of Excellence, a history of Henderson County's hospital system.
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