Tuesday, we found ourselves with another rainy day. Not wanting to sit at home, we decided to take a driving tour of Jackson County, North Carolina, the next county east from the one where we’re staying.
|Jackson County Courthouse|
|Lone Star pattern|
From Sylva we drove south on county road 107 toward Glenville. Hwy 107 is a four-lane divided highway for a few miles south of Silva, but then narrows to two lanes and soon becomes a curvy mountain road. Just past Webster is Western Carolina University. WCU was founded in the late 1800s and now serves a student population of about 9,000. We stopped at the campus to visit the Mountain Heritage Center. This is a very small exhibit which focuses on the cultural heritage of the southern Appalachians. There is one permanent exhibit which describes the migration of the Scotch-Irish during the eighteenth century from northern Ireland to the mountains of western North Carolina. The exhibit is small, but very well done and we enjoyed the time we spent there.
|What a small cabin may have looked like inside|
|Bridal Veil Falls|
There is much of Jackson County we didn’t see and we’ll definitely be back, especially to those areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Gorges State Park. Just can’t do it all in one day.
That’s all for now. Thanks for tagging along.