Farming Traditions

The Orchard at Altapass

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Waynesville

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Clay County History and Arts Museum

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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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Womens Work at Carson House

What the women of the house used to do.

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Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve

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Randy Vess

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Floyd Sims

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Randy Vess

Farm machinery demonstrator

Old Fort, NC (McDowell County)

Randy Vess grew up in McDowell County, in a family that kept alive many traditional occupational skills that were common in the mountains in previous generations. Vess' grandfather and great-grandfather were both millers, running a water-powered mill. His mother's parents, who lived on the land where Vess lives today, didn't have their home electrified until the mid-1960s.

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