Photo by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

Once a sustainable town, Lost Cove is now a graveyard of abandoned homes and crumbling gravestones. Read more


Sing along and get a great price on giving Smoky Mountain Living magazine as a gift! Read more


Dave Angel hasn’t wasted any time becoming part of the Maggie Valley, North Carolina, community. In return, neighbors have welcomed Haywood County’s first distillery with open arms. Read more


America’s distilling heritage bubbled up in the 18th century with the Scots-Irish settlers who brought their knowledge of making grain-based alcohol with them to the new world. Read more


Scenic waters

Peter McIntosh photography

On a sunny day in mid-March, the hardwood trees lining Highway 197 in northeast Georgia reveal only the smallest of green buds, while cherry blossoms blush pale pink and forsythias herald spring in vivid bursts of yellow on the edges of the road. Read more

#3 in the lead

Photo courtesy of the Richey Family

By the age of ten, the boy had learned to drive and was delivering cars around Atlanta for his father’s paint and body shop. The tips he stuffed in his pocket—sometimes as much as a whole dollar—added up to good money in 1941, but he fancied more. Read more

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Old Forge French Toast Bread Pudding.

Courtesy of Old Forge Distillery

Housed in a 100-year-old barn constructed of Tennessee timber, Old Forge Distillery, a mountain distillery crafting small batch spirits with local flavors, opened in Pigeon Forge this summer. Read more


For audiences keen on gleaning more about the history, economics, social, and legal aspects of the moonshine trade in North Carolina and Tennessee, Dan Pierce's "Corn From a Jar" is the perfect book. Read more


Shine on

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

While I’ve never known anyone who could change water into wine, I have known a fella or two who turned water and corn into something a little stronger. Read more


The good doctor

#5260 Jesse James Bailey Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Plenty of wildness remained in the mountains well into the 20th century—in the untamed forests, for one, but also in the fierce, independent spirit of the mountaineers. Many country folks resented government intrusion into their lives on any level. Read more