Monthly Archive: June, 2017

On the Fence: The Stock Law Revolt in Buncombe County, North Carolina, 1885-1887


On the morning of June 8, 1885, one of the most unusual and contentious commission meetings in Buncombe County history was brought to order, one that would shape county politics for a decade… Continue reading

Tapping Into History With Maps: Maple Sugaring in Southern Appalachia


This map tells a fascinating story: the rise and fall of the maple sugar industry.  Due to effective branding by the modern industry, most people associate maple sugar and maple syrup with Vermont,… Continue reading

The Shaker connection: How Appalachian plants helped create Big Pharma


  In the fall of 1850, an enterprising young merchant named Calvin J. Cowles left his home outside of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and headed north with his brother, Josiah, with a most unusual… Continue reading