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We open today’s show with a guest piece by Gary Carden, who in 2012 was awarded the North Carolina Literature Award….the highest honor awarded by the NC Arts Council to an individual. “On a cold Saturday morning in Dillsboro, NC,” he begins, “an accident occurred which the Raleigh Observer would call ‘the most awful that has happened in any of the public works of this state.’ It involved the drowning of 19 convicts in the Tuckaseigee River.”
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
Luther D. Baker’s recently published The Cranberry Wilderness Story accomplishes two things. First, it introduces the impressive timber industry documentary photography of John Finley Taylor (1887-1976). Second, the book places Taylor’s body of work in a broader historical context — that of how the parcel of land we know today as the Cranberry Wilderness has been shaped over the millennia, first by God and then by man.
We’ll wrap things up with the story of a chain that holds back a mountain. Visitors love Chained Rock at Pine Mountain, Kentucky’s first state park, established in 1924. But why is there a chain around it?
And, thanks to the good folks at Warren Wilson College’s Archives, we’ll be able to enjoy some authentic Appalachian music by Don Pedi, Robin Warren & Tad Wright in a 1979 recording of O’Keefe’s Slide.
So, call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian History.