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WNCHA History Hour: The Lost North Fork Community

October 17 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Monday, October 17 at 6pm via Zoom for this program exploring the lost North Fork community in Buncombe County. This event airs live and will be recorded.

In its heyday, North Fork, located to the northwest of Black Mountain, had a population larger than the nearby City of Asheville. But as Asheville grew, forward-thinking officials determined the need for a watershed to serve its residents. They condemned the land in North Fork and residents were forced to leave their homes. Soon after the city built a dam, the church, school, and many former homesites were flooded.

Today, Asheville’s Watershed is closed to the public and descendants of the former residents are barred from access. This program focuses on the history of cultural impacts of submerged towns, using the North Fork community as a case study.


About the Speaker:

Anne Chesky Smith is the Executive Director of the Western North Carolina Historical Association at the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville. Prior to her tenure at WNCHA, Chesky Smith spent eight years as Executive Director at the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center in Black Mountain.

During her time at SVM, Chesky Smith arranged and conducted significant research on the submerged North Fork community with stakeholders from the surrounding community. She holds MAs in Appalachian Studies and Cultural Anthropology.


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.


(Images: North Fork Reservoir, courtesy Anne Chesky Smith)


For questions, email Trevor Freeman at [email protected]


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