A Man of the People

A Man of the People

With the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1934, early park bureaucrats attempted to rewrite history by presenting the land largely as a primeval wilderness instead of preserving the folkways of its bustling communities.



Queens Creek Lake

Greg Passmore

Queens Creek Lake is part of a lot of stories in my family. My great grandmother, Cora McMahan, sold land to the old Nantahala Power Company to build the dam for the lake. My father grew up there camping and fishing when he was a boy. more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Perspectives

December 2016 Photo Essay

Jon and Regina Phillips photo

’Tis the season for clean slates—from the pristine beauty of a fresh snowfall to the eternal promise of a new year. Our readers share their views of winter resolve. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

Freezer Burn

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

The icicles hanging along the porch roof looked like stalactites we had seen when we visited Cudjo Cavern, outside Middlesboro. It was cold and the morning sun was as bright as July at Myrtle Beach. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

Photo Essay, October 2016

Scott Ramsey photo

From the contours of a craggy peak to the intricate beadwork of a local artisan, heirlooms in Southern Appalachia have been forged by nature as well as made by hand. Our readers share their views of artistry that endures. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

Starry night

Mark Roberts

Few things endure quite like the memories made on an endless summer day in the mountains. Our readers share their views of those special moments. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

The trout and the bedpan

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

It is late fall in North Georgia, and the cool waters of mountain trout streams provide relief for anglers seeking a respite after the summer’s heat. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

In the summer of 1954, I turned six, caught my first fish, and fell out of a tree house. It was also the summer I learned to swim. The last of those milestones came as a result of a strange set of circumstances that still brings a smile to my face. more

Jun 1, 2016 12:00 AM Perspectives

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