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Highway 64: Past, Present, Future

    By Jake Hackman, Johvonn Smith, Jamie Angle, Kate Sieber, 2017 History: As Bruce Springsteen sang in his classic song ‘Thunder Road’, “these two lanes will take us anywhere,”- these two lanes referring to North Carolina’s famous Highway 64.Read more Highway 64: Past, Present, Future

Highlands: A Family History

By Jamie Angle, 2017 The Baty family has been in Highlands, North Carolina for seemingly forever. They are among the two or three historical Scottish families who remained in the area after their migration from Scotland. Erin Baty, a youngRead more Highlands: A Family History

Harrah’s Casino Resort Bringing Large Business to Reservation

By Jamie Angle, 2017 Our drive out to Murphy, North Carolina began with great music, conversation, and excitement about the adventure ahead. Five hours into the drive, this excitement had long petered off. We were exhausted, hungry, and ready toRead more Harrah’s Casino Resort Bringing Large Business

The Daily Grind & Wine

By Johvonn Smith, 2017 On our first full day on the trip, we started in Murphy, NC. We decided to get up relatively early since we knew that we had a full day of traveling ahead of us. After checkingRead more The Daily Grind & Wine

Highlands Holding True to Tradition

By Jake Hackman, 2017 Ripping through the sharp turns of the Nantahala National Forest, one can tend to forget that civilization, in fact, is near. Highway 64 tests driver’s endurance, as you tease the edge of cliffs, expecting the vehicleRead more Highlands Holding True to Tradition

White Squirrels Taking over N.C.

By Kate Seiber, 2017 Traveling down Highway 64, Brevard is a town you might accidentally pass without a second thought. Seemingly ordinary, Brevard is your standard All-American, North Carolina town- The people are friendly, the food is decent, and you’veRead more White Squirrels Taking over N.C.

The Magic of Murphy

By Jake Hackman 2017 Standing at a stark 5’8”, Rob Winthrow looks almost childish in comparison to his 8-foot pot, shaped like a gnome. “He hasn’t been named yet,” said Winthrow. “Usually it takes me a couple of weeks toRead more The Magic of Murphy

The John C. Campbell Folk School

By Samantha Lubliner, 2016 Past a gas station screenshot from the ‘60s was the town of Brasstown. Composed of a mail center, library, and gas station, the surrounding hill was a collection of homes bordered with signs encouraging the election ofRead more The John C. Campbell Folk School

Shadow of the Bear

By Samantha Lubliner, 2016 A few weeks every year there is a mountain off of Highway 64 in Cashiers, NC that casts the shadow of a bear onto the surrounding hills. Obviously, it is called Shadow of the Bear andRead more Shadow of the Bear

Befriending a Stranger in Buck’s Coffee

By Samantha Lubliner, 2016 Located in Highlands, NC, Buck’s coffee sat isolated from other buildings. Across the street from the welcome sign, the coffee shop was a staple of the town and a buzzing place filled with people of all ages.Read more Befriending a Stranger in Buck’s Coffee

The Pumpkin Roll: The Best Underrated Sport in Franklin

  By Samantha Lubliner, 2016 The town of Franklin was bustling but the life of the party was on the outskirts. Hoards of people, young and old alike, crowded around downtown Franklin. A steep paved hill ran through the centerRead more The Pumpkin Roll: The Best Underrated

Review of Willy’s Diner: Franklin’s Most Popular BBQ Joint

By Christian Kowalski, 2016 Willy’s Diner is a small, family-style BBQ restaurant in Franklin, North Carolina. Located a few minutes outside Franklin’s downtown area, Willy’s is home to a variety of Southern style cuisine. Our concierge at the hotel recommendedRead more Review of Willy’s Diner: Franklin’s Most

Review of Bistro on Main Street

By Christian Kowalski, 2016 Highlands’ downtown area was by far the most charming collection of shops and stores we had visited thus far on our trip. The streets were lined with boutiques, seasonal shops, gourmet food places and so on.Read more Review of Bistro on Main Street

Looking Glass Falls

By Christian Kowalski, 2016 Looking Glass Falls is one of the bigger waterfalls we drove by and visited during our trip. Located in Brevard, locally known as the “Land of Waterfalls,”, Looking Glass Falls definitely was situated in an areaRead more Looking Glass Falls

Silver Run Falls

By Christian Kowalski, 2016 Silver Run Falls is a small waterfall found in Cashiers, NC. The path to Silver Run Falls was difficult to find and took our group a few tries to finally pinpoint the sign that led toRead more Silver Run Falls

Absolutely Gorge-ous: The Cullasaja Gorge

By Christian Kowalski, 2016 When driving to Highlands, our group was caught up in the beauty of the landscape around us. We were all trying to quickly take pictures of the mountains with the changing tree colors when we spottedRead more Absolutely Gorge-ous: The Cullasaja Gorge

Review of The Phoenix: “Live Music, Local Food, Lovin’ Life, Livin’ Good”

By Molly Spero, 2016 Established in 2012, The Phoenix is Brevard’s premier farm to table restaurant, promoting food from local sustainable farms. Its motto is “Live Music ~ Local Food ~ Lovin’ Life ~ Livin’ Good.” The purple front door immediately setsRead more Review of The Phoenix: “Live Music,

Finding Warmth in the Crabtree General Store

By Molly Spero, 2016 Before we explored the Franklin Pumpkin Festival, we wanted to warm up with coffee. Crabtree General Store and Coffee Vault was just the place for that. It was an old-fashioned, yet modernized general store, reflecting theRead more Finding Warmth in the Crabtree General

The Daily Grind & Wine in Murphy

By Molly Spero, 2016 The excitement was palpable as we pulled into a parking space in front of a coffee shop called The Daily Grind & Wine in downtown Murphy, NC. A four-plus hour car ride from Elon to Murphy had stiffenedRead more The Daily Grind & Wine in

Janette Franich: Jewelry Artist

By Molly Spero, 2016 Armed with hot chocolate clutched between my cold hands, I was ready to explore Franklin’s Pumpkin Fest. The streets were crowded with rows upon rows of booths that offered handmade crafts from soaps to aprons. ARead more Janette Franich: Jewelry Artist

Pisgah Thunder: All Male Dance Troupe

By Molly Spero, 2016 The meal at The Phoenix was normal up until a swarm of twenty men between their mid-twenties and mid-life crisis wearing matching outfits—head to toe—enthusiastically banged on the front window outside and swaggered into the restaurant drunkenly. TheyRead more Pisgah Thunder: All Male Dance Troupe

Review of Mayberry’s Soup and Sandwich

By Dani Halliday, 2016     Mayberry’s was an adorable bistro in downtown Brevard. A bar separated us from the kitchen as we ordered. I chose the ginger turkey sandwich and tomato soup combo, with a cream cheese swirl brownieRead more Review of Mayberry’s Soup and Sandwich

Happy Time for Us

By Dani Halliday, 2016 Who doesn’t love puppies? In Franklin, we attended the annual Pumpkin Festival on Main Street. Our favorite sections of the festival were hosted by the Humane Society of Franklin and they had puppies. These puppies wereRead more Happy Time for Us

Trekking along the Murphy River Walk

By Dani Halliday, 2016   I pulled my car into an empty dirt parking lot. A nearby sign advertised seasonal farmer’s markets held in the lot, but today, on a brisk Friday afternoon, it was empty. A small wooden post showedRead more Trekking along the Murphy River Walk

Nancy from Murphy

By Dani Halliday, 2016 Nancy, an elderly twenty-seven-year resident of Murphy, NC, works in the visitor’s center in downtown Murphy. As we had just arrived, maybe an hour prior to entering the center, she was the perfect person to talkRead more Nancy from Murphy

Searching for the Elusive White Squirrel

By Dani Halliday, 2016   There was a heavy chill in the air that clung to our bones. A thin fog hovered above the ground of the Brevard College campus, making the empty campus feel abandoned and creepy. We wereRead more Searching for the Elusive White Squirrel

Exploring Franklin Pumpkin Festival

By Dani Halliday, 2016 Funnel cake, pumpkin bread, fresh local honey, and frog legs were all available for purchasing and eating at the 20th Annual Franklin Pumpkin Festival. This festival is famous for the pumpkin roll, where residents and visitorsRead more Exploring Franklin Pumpkin Festival

Car Ride to Murphy

By Dani Halliday, 2016 Our day began at 8:00 am with a quick stop in Dunkin Donuts. With our stomachs full of coffee and breakfast sandwiches (two in Molly’s case), we pulled onto I-40 to start the 300 mile journeyRead more Car Ride to Murphy

Toys of Appalachia

By Rachel Fishman – 2014 After being told by a Brasstown local that we could see a gorgeous panorama of the town from the hill above the shop-lined main street on Highway 64, we could not resist. As we turnedRead more Toys of Appalachia

Turn a Corner, Discover Bridal Veil Falls

By Rachel Fishman – 2014 When you’re driving along the winding roads of Highway 64, nestled between the lush trees of the mountains, it is easy to expect beauty around every corner. From breathtaking panoramas of treetops so vast thatRead more Turn a Corner, Discover Bridal Veil