Seeking former teachers at Asheville-Biltmore CollegeClark Adams, a member of the English faculty at Randolph Community College in Asheboro, is seeking information on the following list of faculty who are still living and may have taught when the college was "on the mountain" at Seely's Castle during the years 1949 - 1961. The college operated under that name from 1936 to 1969, when it was consolidated into the state university system. See UNCA Ramsey Library Special Collections'…See More
A nostalgic walk through 1930s Haw Creekby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Haw Creek School that replaced Bell’s church-funded school in the 1920s. I took a walk down Haw Creek Road the other day—in the year 1936—and I got to hear some folks talking. I wasn’t sure of my way around, so I…See More
Dr. Gordon McKinney and Dr. Steve Nash will describe and analyze the attempt to recreate the social, political and economic world after the Civil War in western North Carolina. Special emphasis will be placed on racial adjustment, improving transportation and the development of the Appalachian stereotype. Sponsored by the Western North Carolina Historical Association and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Open to the public, admission to members of WNCHA and OLLI is free. $5.00 for…See More
Connie Regan-Blake, renowned Appalachian storyteller, will perform “Taking a Leap: An Evening of Connie’s Stories” on Sunday June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Hawk and Ivy Bed and Breakfast in Barnardsville, NC, twenty minutes north of Asheville. Persons interested in learning or developing the craft of storytelling can also attend a workshop entitled “Opening Doors: A Storytelling Workshop Exploring Memories” at 3:00-5:30. Workshop fee is $40 before June 21 and $55 after. Fee includes both events.…See More
St. John's Episcopal Church Women in Marion will host a book signing and reception in celebration of Julia Nunnally Duncan's new book Barefoot in the Snow. The event will be held at St. John's Parish House in the great hall during Coffee Hour (approximately 11:30 a.m.) on Sunday, June 23,and the public is cordially invited. See More
Gary Carden suggested we start a Frankie Silver forum as a first of many about different subjects. Gary, Bobbie McMillan, and Sharyn McCrumb have all interpreted the material creatively. I yield to Gary for the first real entry,
If the "Legend of Frankie Silver" were stripped to the bare facts, I think it would lose most of its charm. Things that have been added to the story over the years include the ballad that Frankie allegedly wrote and sung from the scaffold on the day of her hanging. In fact, there is considerable doubt that there was even a scaffold! Frankie did escape once, and there is a wonderful story about her brother carving a key for her jail door. They captured her, however, and the story of her trial is a dismal tale of legal blunders that never should have happened. Some accounts of the search for Charlie's body (the one that Frankie burned in the fireplace) include a journey to Tennessee during a major snowfall to see a "conjurer" who can locate bodies. I'll stop because if this post attracts some folks who are closer to the details than I am, they should have their say. There have been a dozen books and a few movies that attempted to capture this one. I believe that Bobbie McMillan was involved in one book, The Cursed Tree. There was also a film by Tom Davenport and then most folks probably know about Sharyn McCrumb's novel. I have always been especially impressed by the account of the entire affair given by a much-neglected North Carolina folklorist and novelist, Manley Wade Wellman. He gives a beautifully balanced account of the tale in his book Dead and Gone.
Over to you, Rob, or somebody!
I just discovered that I have an incorrect title. It is The Tree Acurst and the book was published by Bobbie McMillan and Dan Patterson. It is out of print and rare, but it is around. I just found a copy on the internet.