Mountain Lore

Yancey History Association and Rush Wray Musuem

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Rockford

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Orchard at Altapass Saved by Carson Family

Master storyteller Bill Carson tells how his family saved a century-old apple orchard from development and turned it into a heritage attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Mountain Gateway Museum Part One

Museum Director Terrell Finley tells about the Mountain Gateway Museum, which is located in Old Fort, NC, and is a State Historic Site.

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Donald Davis

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Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve

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Willard and Ora Watson

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Willard and Ora Watson

Woodcarver, dancer, musician, storyteller and quilter

Watauga County, NC

Willard Watson and his wife Ora were among the extraordinary traditional artists in the Watson family of Watauga County, who were recognized with a 1994 North Carolina Heritage Award. Willard, a first cousin to famed guitarist Doc Watson, was widely known as a flatfoot dancer, storyteller, banjo player, and especially a woodcarver.

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Mary Jane Queen

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Mary Jane Queen

Old-time singer and banjo player, storyteller, traditional gardener

Jackson County, NC

Mary Jane Queen lived in the Caney Fork section of Jackson County near where she was born in 1914. She was descended from some of the earliest Irish-American settlers in the valley who, for three generations before her, scratched a living in the rocky soil. In a variety of practical ways—her reservoir of traditional knowledge, her gardens, her songs and stories—she communicated the values and traditions of her upbringing to modern audiences.

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