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  • Beacon Blankets: The Heart of A Community

    Courtesy of the Asheville Pack Memorial Library

    Beacon Blankets

    For four generations, Beacon Manufacturing Company in Swannanoa, North Carolina, created some of the most appealing blankets, crib blankets, hospital bedding and adult robes available in the United States. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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    That Day at the Laundromat

    When I was growing up, we never had a clothes dryer. My earliest recollection of a washing machine was a wringer model that stood in our small kitchen. Later, a Sears Kenmore top-load washer was installed in the dining room that adjoined our kitchen. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • A Tour of Bryson City With Renea Winchester

    A Tour of Bryson City With Renea Winchester

    The Tuckasegee River runs through Bryson City, North Carolina, but it’s the railroad tracks traversing the mountain hamlet—surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the Smoky Mountains—that largely contributes to the small-town atmosphere. Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • Photo Essay, February 2022

    Photo courtesy Cataloochee Ski Area

    Photo Essay, February 2022

    Our readers share their photos of winter adventure! Read more

    Feb 1, 2022

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  • Triumph and Tragedy: Fontana Dam

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    Triumph and Tragedy

    Born in Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains, the Little Tennessee River made its way north into North Carolina, where it traced a circuitous but unfettered path through the rugged Smokies’ landscape before entering Tennessee. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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  • Photo Essay, December 2021

    Photo Essay, December 2021

    A special thanks to our readers for sharing their winter photos with us. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Mountain Folk

    Daniel thought he spotted wings in the trees. But he couldn’t be sure. He’d been hunting on the rugged mountain since morning. Now it was nearly dusk. He was tired and more than a little hungry. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Come Meet My Folks, Won’t You?

    It all started when I got sick and ended up in bed for a few days. To pass the time, I grabbed a wild image that had long been bouncing around in my head—an image of a young Daniel Boone helping a winged fairy combat a deadly wampus cat. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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