Asheville Citizen-Times

WNC History Column

WNC History: Bettie Sims was not a typical moonshiner

WNC History: Bettie Sims was not a typical moonshiner

Above: Bettie Henderson Sims with her children, Mossie, Eva, Harvey, Brown, Hattie; 1904. Courtesy of Polk County, North Carolina History   by Anne Chesky Smith “I didn’t set fire to the jail,” Bettie Sims calmly told a representative from The Charlotte Observer...

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WNC History: Rumbling Bald was rumbling in 1874

WNC History: Rumbling Bald was rumbling in 1874

By Trevor Freeman The mountains of Western North Carolina occasionally experience earthquakes and seismic activity. These instances often pass without much notice or damage. In 1874, however, the mountains at the eastern edge of the Hickory Nut Gorge — along the...

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