Matthew Baker

Time spent with my friends was a chance to listen and learn about the folks in Macon County who are honest, wise, and very dedicated. This book of memories was written after sitting on their orches or in their living rooms and experiencing many blessings. Although I came from a much different generation and asked many questions, I was always welcomed.

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My Mountain Heroes

David Waldrop

A unique look at a boy’s childhood that shaped him into the man he is today.  David Waldrop tells of growing up in the mountains of Jackson County, NC, and shares his knowledge of the demise of our American Chestnut Trees.

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Stedman Mitchell

Stedman Mitchell, 98 years old in 2014, tells his history of working in the food business with Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.  He talks about his time with the university from 1942 to 1975, when he retired.

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Jim Childress

James Childress, NC radio icon (Uncle Jimmy)

The following interview of Uncle Jimmy took place in 2009, five years before his death in 2014 at the age of 90. A pioneer in the broadcast radio industry, Uncle Jimmy tells the story of his successful career. In 1992 he was inducted into the North Carolina Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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Bessie Crawford

Moving to Ellijay, NC with Bessie Stiwinter Crawford

Here is a touching rendition of old time memories of a family of 10, including mom and dad, who moved to Ellijay, NC by sled, where the children walked, helping to carry all their belongings to a small 2-room house with no windows or door. Told by a 90-year-old true mountain woman, Bessie Gertrude Coggins Stiwinter Crawford.

Curtis Blanton

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Author Curtis Blanton has a wonderful mountain sense of humor.  Herewith, listen to how he came about publishing the stories he heard the old timers tell when he was a kid.

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