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The Kerley Sawmill Explosion
In searching randomly for Swain County news from 125 years ago, I tripped across today's tale, one that, though sad, deserves to be told in order to honor the victims of this tragedy. Most Swain Countians are acquainted with several large-scale logging and ...
The Kerley Sawmill Explosion
The Kerley Sawmill Explosion
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Vanishing Landscapes - Old Barns
Little by little, Swain County's history vanishes every year, both in terms of the loss of the people who once called it home, but also in the buildings that are torn down for various reasons. Lately I've been taking long drives through the county in search...
Vanishing Landscapes - Old Barns
Vanishing Landscapes - Old Barns
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Swain County's World War I Dead - A Request
Cross at the grave of Private Fred Mathis Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial Lorraine, France Photo Credit: soilsister at Findagrave.com Dear Readers: The 100th anniversary of Swain County's active involvement in World War 1 overseas is upon us. O...
Swain County's World War I Dead - A Request
Swain County's World War I Dead - A Request
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The Lambs of the Tabor Cemetery
Today I was enjoying my last day of vacation and chose to take a drive out to an area of the county I don't get out to nearly as frequently as I should - the Highway 28 corridor going from Lauada to Franklin. I had no particular destination in mind but whil...
The Lambs of the Tabor Cemetery
The Lambs of the Tabor Cemetery
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The Flu and a Murder
Note to the reader: some of the text is appearing in different fonts and sizes. I did not wish to hold up publication for this issue, but am trying to rectify the issue. Hopefully it will not be too distracting. Flu season is in full swing now, and it seems...
The Flu and a Murder
The Flu and a Murder
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The Icy Winter of 1876-1877
It has been bitterly cold here in Swain County for the past 7-10 days, so much so that many small streams in the area are completely frozen over in places, and the rivers appear to be on their way. I have been watching ice floes float down the Tuckasegee Ri...
The Icy Winter of 1876-1877
The Icy Winter of 1876-1877
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A County-wide Christmas in 1929
I found the article that follows while perusing Newspapers.com. It truly seems to echo the values that I hold most dear about the Christmas holiday.  I hope you'll all enjoy it and have a blessed holiday season. ___________________________________________...
A County-wide Christmas in 1929
A County-wide Christmas in 1929
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Election Day in Swain County - 1884 (Another scandalous election!)
In what is sure to be one of most scandalous elections in history, I thought it might be interesting to get a view of what an election looked like in Swain County in the 'Old Days'. This account comes from the observations of a traveler coming through Swain...
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The Life and Tragic Death of Ben Enloe
Today, September 8th, 2016, marks 100 years since the death of Benjamin F. Enloe, a member of one of the most prominent families in Swain County during the 1800's and early- to mid- 1900's. Ben Enloe, circa late 1890s/early 1900s Source: Laura Taylor Freque...
The Life and Tragic Death of Ben Enloe
The Life and Tragic Death of Ben Enloe
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Back to School in Swain County
Swain County Schoolbuses, circa 1927 Source: Asheville Citizen Times, February 6, 1927 ________________________________________ It's that time of year! The children of Swain County (including my own) have returned to school to start the 2016-2017 term. In...
Back to School in Swain County
Back to School in Swain County
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