In this charming account, North Carolina historian Jane Gibson Nardy recounts a treasure-trove of true stories from her beloved Blue Ridge community. In addition to several generations of family memorabilia from her personal library, Nardy has also culled the area's public recordsdeeds, wills, marriage registers and even tombstonesall of which help to create a vivid picture of mountain life in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Some of the tales will amuse and some will sadden, but all will educate you about the wonderful heritage of Cashiers.
About the Author
Jane Gibson Nardy lives in Cashiers on land that has been in her Zachary family since the 1830s. Her two daughters, son-in-law and two grandchildren are her nearest neighbors. She is related to an unknown number of residents in Cashiers and Highlands and frequently finds new cousins. Jane serves as the historian for the Cashiers Historical Society. She is a guide at the Zachary-Tolbert House and leads two tours a year to explore Cashiers history sites. She was voted Volunteer of the Year for 2007 by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce for her constant interest in preserving the history of the people and places of Cashiers. Previous publications include Cashiers Valley: A Pictorial History, which she coauthored with Jan Blair Wyatt in 2007. In 1994, she led the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce publication of The Cashiers Area, Yesterday, Today and Forever. The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, published in 2006, contains an article on early mountain tourism, written by Jane. Since 2005, she has contributed a monthly Cashiers history article to the Laurel magazine. If you have some old area photographs or know a good story, Jane would love to hear from you. Call her at 828-743-9002 or email email@example.com.