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Finding a lost road and a lost history

Finding a lost road and a lost history

(Originally posted on Virtual Blue Ridge’s Blue Ridge Parkway Blog, May 7, 2008) People often ask me – where is your favorite (fill in the blank: camping spot, hiking trail, place to eat, place to stay) along the Parkway. While I do have some recommendations, I’m not as good a source about things like this as some other people like author Danny Bernstein who have written books about being outdoors. People forget that a lot of a historian’s time is spent sitting…

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Parkway historical marker at Low Gap: Should it be changed?

Parkway historical marker at Low Gap: Should it be changed?

(Originally posted on Virtual Blue Ridge’s Blue Ridge Parkway Blog, April 30, 2008) A North Carolina state historical marker (#M-49), located on the Parkway in Alleghany County, NC near Cumberland Knob park says the following: “BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY: First rural national parkway. Construction began near here on September 11, 1935.” As poetic in some ways as it may seem that the memory of this happy event might lift the sad pall that has in recent years settled over “September 11th,” the…

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The Parkway’s 75th Anniversary

The Parkway’s 75th Anniversary

(Originally posted on Virtual Blue Ridge’s Blue Ridge Parkway Blog, April 23, 2008) The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary is coming up in 2010. Like in 1985, when its 50th anniversary was celebrated, a two-state planning group has been formed to coordinate the festivities. “Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc.” consists of perhaps thirty board members – of which I am one – drawn from Parkway communities and partner organizations. One of our first discussions, of course, was “when is the 75th anniversary?”…

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What is a “historian’s Parkway”?

What is a “historian’s Parkway”?

(Original post on Virtual Blue Ridge’s Blue Ridge Parkway Blog, April 16, 2008) Drivers, hikers, bikers, lovers, photographers, engineers, landscape designers, neighboring landowners, farmers, philanthropists, politicians, business owners – there are almost as many perspectives on the Parkway as there are travelers. And each of us may experience the Parkway differently at different times. I first went there as child in the 1970s and 1980s – in the back seat of my parents’ Buick Century. Devil’s Courthouse was a favorite place for…

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