Orig. pub. Asheville 1914. Reprinted 1973, 1974. Print on Demand Edition 2010. 710 pp. + ports., index. Item #9
Largely a collection of anecdotes, traditions, and folklore of the mountains, this history of Western North Carolina offers a colorful treatment of manners and customs, family histories, "extraordinary events," duels, legal history, education, railroads, geographical peculiarities, Indians, and major historical events. Included is material about John Sevier, Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, and coverage of the Swepson and Littlefield frauds pertaining to the Western North Carolina railroad. The volume covers the following seventeen North Carolina counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey. Genealogists will find biographical sketches of persons and families prominent in those areas scattered throughout the book.