1850’s Account of The Hickory Nut Gap
Years have passed since this post, but I think it is worthwhile to post it again, especially in the dead of winter.
With over two inches of rain having fallen since early this morning, it seemed the perfect time to do some historical research about this spectacular area of the North Carolina mountains. By chance, I discovered a book written in 1859 called Mountain Scenery, by Henry E. Colton, a North Carolinian who wanted the splendor of the mountains revealed to the world. The Civil War was a few years away. Lake Lure would not be filled for almost seventy more years. Asheville was a very small town, but was the destination for a number of stage coach lines crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains. One of the most popular of those lines used a dirt road from Charlotte, and passed through Shelby and Rutherfordton before entering the valley of the Broad River. Following that clear stream, the teams entered the Hickory Nut Gap, formed hundreds of millions of years ago by…
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