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.