Monthly Archive: January, 2017

Galackin’ in Western North Carolina

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We could smell them before we saw them.  A pungent, skunky odor engulfed us as we neared the top of the ridge.  “Must be galax,” my brother Daniel remarked.  Sure enough, as we… Continue reading

The Ginseng Trade in 1840

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I’m kind of a map nerd, so sorry if this isn’t your cup of tea.  To show off my newly acquired–and very limited–skills using ArcGIS, here is one of the maps I have… Continue reading

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

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I would like to apologize to our readers for being AWOL these past several months.  We’ve had some big changes that have taken our attention and energy.  Daniel got a job at the… Continue reading

Proctor, Cataloochee, and the Pursuit of Environmental History

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  By Luke Manget Getting to the abandoned town of Proctor requires some hiking nowadays.  You can either take the Lakeshore Trail some 15 miles from Fontana Dam into the remote southwestern corner… Continue reading