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WNCHA History Hour: Lost Cove, North Carolina

October 6 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, October 6 at 6pm via Zoom for this program exploring the lost community of Lost Cove in Yancey County. This event airs live and will be recorded.

Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” The small town in Yancey County existed from 1864-1957, but today is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. Christy Smith authored the first historically comprehensive book on Lost Cove and paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that survived for almost one hundred years. From its founding before the Civil War to the town’s ultimate decline, Lost Cove’s history is an in-depth account of family life and kinship in isolation.


About the Speaker:

Christy Smith grew up in Erwin, Tennessee, a small railroad town known as “the valley beautiful.” Her passion for history and writing began in her teens with oral stories from her grandmother and grandfather. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2007 with a Masters of Liberal Arts degree in Appalachian Studies. Christy teaches part-time Appalachian Studies courses at King University in Bristol, Tennessee and she is the Director of Unicoi County Prevention Coalition which focuses on educating the community and youth about substance abuse and misuse.

Tickets: $5 for WNCHA members/ $10 for General Admission. We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.

Viewing: Registrants will receive a Zoom link with which to view the program. It will also be recorded and later available on our website.

(Image: Lost Cove, courtesy Christy Smith)

For questions, email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]


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