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Excerpt from Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, Third Edition, by Carolyn Sakwoski

Excerpt from Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads, Third Edition, by Carolyn Sakwoski

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Have you ever been to the mountains of western North Carolina and wanted to see the scenery but escape the crowds? Maybe you were tempted to take off down a side road but hesitated, fearful of getting lost. Now, Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads can help you make that escape.

The book's 21 tours cover the entire mountain region of western North Carolina and provide numerous opportunities for seeing unspoiled landscapes and pastoral scenes. But scenery is not the only focus. Once you're on the backroads, you might speculate about the history behind the old white clapboard farmhouse that dominates the valley ahead, or you might wonder about the rest of the story behind the two sentences on the historical marker at the side of the road. Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads fills in those details. Drawing from local histories and early travel writings, each tour is designed to be a journey through the history of the area. Tales of eccentric characters, folklore that has been passed down through the ages, and stories about early settlers combine to present a perspective that makes the scenery come alive.

This third edition features updated directions, additional sites, new photographs, suggested spur trips, and nearby recreational opportunities. Use this guidebook to plan your next day trip, weekend getaway, or cycling adventure!

Learn more at www.blairpub.com.
Have you ever been to the mountains of western North Carolina and wanted to see the scenery but escape the crowds? Maybe you were tempted to take off down a side road but hesitated, fearful of getting lost. Now, Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads can help you make that escape.

The book's 21 tours cover the entire mountain region of western North Carolina and provide numerous opportunities for seeing unspoiled landscapes and pastoral scenes. But scenery is not the only focus. Once you're on the backroads, you might speculate about the history behind the old white clapboard farmhouse that dominates the valley ahead, or you might wonder about the rest of the story behind the two sentences on the historical marker at the side of the road. Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads fills in those details. Drawing from local histories and early travel writings, each tour is designed to be a journey through the history of the area. Tales of eccentric characters, folklore that has been passed down through the ages, and stories about early settlers combine to present a perspective that makes the scenery come alive.

This third edition features updated directions, additional sites, new photographs, suggested spur trips, and nearby recreational opportunities. Use this guidebook to plan your next day trip, weekend getaway, or cycling adventure!

Learn more at www.blairpub.com.

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The Valle Crucis Tour
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Te our begins in he own o Blowing Rock where U.S. 221, or he Yonahlos-see rail, heads oward Linville. Approximaely 0.6 mile rom Main Sree on U.S.221, a road on he righ leads o he Bass Lake parking area, which gives access omany o he 25 miles o carriage rails on he Moses S. Cone Esae. A walking railencircles wha was ormerly one o Cone’s well-socked rou ponds. Te rail isespecially popular in he summer and all.Te rou ponds are jus a small par o he 3,516-acre esae once owned by Moses and Berha Cone. Te eldes o 13 children born o a Bavarian immigran who achieved success as a dry-goods merchan, Moses Cone sared ou as a drum-mer, or raveling salesman, who solicied orders or he amily business. He discov-ered Blowing Rock on one o his sales rips.He and his broher Caesar began o amass a sizable orune when hey swichedheir ocus o he growing exile indusry. Moses sared buying land in BlowingRock when he was 36 and coninued o add o his esae or 35 years. He purchasedmos o his acreage beween 1893 and 1899.In 1899, he Cones began consrucion on heir Vicorian Neocolonial manorhouse aop nearby Fla op Mounain. An impressive gabled home wih iany  windows, i now houses he Blue Ridge Parkway Cra Cener. Te Cones buil asel-sucien esae on which hey raised sheep, hogs, chickens, and milk cows.Teir dairy was he rs classied as Grade A in Waauga Couny. Te esae was so
 This tour begins in Blowing Rock and travels along Shulls Mill Road tothe area known as Valle Crucis. It continues to Banner Elk, follows theElk River to the town of Elk Park, and ends at scenic Elk Falls. Total mileage: approximately 35 miles
 
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large ha i suppored 30 amilies. In an eor o inroduce an alernae economy or local armers, he Cones even experimened wih apple orchards. A is heigh,he Cone esae had 10,000 apple rees o approximaely 20 varieies.When Moses Cone died, he le he esae o he hospial in Greensboro hanow bears his name. His will specied ha Mrs. Cone would have use o he esaeunil her deah. Te hospial laer discovered ha he money se aside or upkeep was insucien, so i arranged o donae he house and surrounding land o heederal governmen. In 1949, he Naional Park Service ook over he developmenand mainenance o he esae as a recreaion area and public park.o our he Cone manor house on Fla op Mounain, coninue on U.S. 221or 1 mile, hen urn righ, ollowing he signs o he Blue Ridge Parkway. A he
Trout Lake on the Moses S. Cone Estate Bass Lake on the Moses S. Cone Estate
 
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View o Grandather  Mountain fom the Moses S. Cone Estate Manor house on Moses S. Cone EstateGrave site o Moses and Bertha Cone

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