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Marker detail: The one-room community school and church became the forestry school’s classroom. image, Touch for more information
National Forests of North Carolina Photographs, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections
Marker detail: The one-room community school and church became the forestry school’s classroom.
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — Cradle of Forestry
Nestled in the valley below is the Cradle of Forestry in America, the birthplace of science-based forest management and a living legacy made possible by George and Edith Vanderbilt of the nearby Biltmore Estate. Some 87,000 acres of the Vanderbilt's . . . — Map (db m123232) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — P 83 — Garden Creek
Cherokee villages and mounds 1/3 mile west a key site for archaeologists. Occupied from 8000 B.C. to 1600s A.D. — Map (db m75502) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — Haywood County World War II Monument
This Monument is Dedicated to the Men and Women of Haywood County who served during World War II and to those who gave their lives in defense of our country. A nearby stone marker lists local World War II Congressional Medal of Honor . . . — Map (db m19948) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — Locust Field CemeteryConfederate Rendezvous
The first Locust Old Fields Baptist Church was established here in 1803. It was among the first churches established west of Asheville. Although the original building no longer stands, it served the small community here for many years as a house of . . . — Map (db m75504) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — P-19 — Morning Star Church
Organized by German Lutherans about 1825; Methodist since 1866. Is 2½ miles south. — Map (db m17098) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — P-40 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept. 1776, passed near-by along Hominy Creek. — Map (db m17096) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Clyde — The Armed Forces from Clyde Town-ship
In Memory of the members of the armed forces from Clyde Town-ship who gave their lives for their country. Erected by the Town of Clyde, its citizens, and the Chamber of Commerce. World War I PFC. Melvin Rhinehart World War II CPL . . . — Map (db m19392) WM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Clyde — The Shook House
Home of Jacob Shook and Preaching place of Francis Asbury, pioneer bishop of American Methodism. "After crossing other streams, and losing ourselves in the woods, we came in about 9 o'clock at night to Vater Shuck's. What an awful day!" Asbury's . . . — Map (db m33716) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Cove Creek — P-51 — "Cataloochee Trail"
Indian path across the mountains used by early settlers and in 1810 by Bishop Francis Asbury. Trail passed nearby. — Map (db m11923) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Lake Junaluska — P-50 — "Cataloochee Trail"
An old Indian path across mountains used by early settlers and in 1810 by Bishop Asbury. Trail passed nearby. — Map (db m11812) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Bishop Francis Asbury — 1745 - 1816
. . . — Map (db m17350) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Browning Knob
Named in honor of R. Gerry Browning, 1884 – 1966. Location and Claims Engineer and Parkway Consultant for North Carolina State Highway Commission, 1925 – 1964. His forceful presentation of the high quality scenery found in North . . . — Map (db m58935) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — P-26 — Felix Walker
Revolutionary officer, member Congress, 1817~ 23, where, in "talking for Buncombe" (County), he gave new meaning to the word. Home was 1/2 mi. N. — Map (db m11786) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Honorable Chief JunaluskaGul'kala'ski - Tsu - Mu - La - Hun - Ski — 1758 - 1858
Junaluska was a peace-loving Chief in Western North Carolina. When Lake Junaluska was established, the name selected was that of the mountain keeping vigil over the lake-Junaluska Mountain - Honoring the chief. Chief Junaluska, member of the famous . . . — Map (db m17347) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Kirk's RaidUnwanted Intruders
On February 1, 1865, Col. George Kirk, 2nd North Carolina Mounted Infantry (U.S.), left Newport, Tennessee, with 400 cavalry and 200 infantry for a raid into Haywood County. He passed through the mountains at Mount Sterling, following the . . . — Map (db m12895) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — Plott Balsam
Before you lies the massive Plott Balsam Range. On one of its eastern slopes Henry Plott, a German immigrant’s son, made his home in the early 1800’s. In this game-filled frontier, hunting dogs were a prized possesion. Here Henry Plott and his . . . — Map (db m99023) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — P-7 — Qualla Boundary
Soco Gap, initial point of U.S. survey, 1876, of Cherokee Reservation, created through earlier efforts of W. H. Thomas, White Cherokee Chief. — Map (db m12781) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Maggie Valley — The Masonic Marker
Family gatherings, revivals and assemblies are rooted deeply in the culture of Appalachia. The beauty of the mountains continues to attract group meetings today. The Masons, the world’s oldest and largest fraternal organization, hold their North . . . — Map (db m127237) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Mt. Gilead — McAulay Bros. Store
In 1898 George Thomas McAulay Sr. and his brother William Aulay McAulay began a general mercantile business that would last until their deaths in 1943 Their original wooden store building was replaced by this brick building structure in 1909. — Map (db m37184) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Qualla — Qualla Indian Reservation
The Cherokee domain once extended far beyond the distant mountains, but the white man, with broken treaties and fruitless promises, brought trouble to the Indians and caused their banishment to an Oklahoma reservation. A few escaped capture and fled . . . — Map (db m99019) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waterville — Francis Asbury Trail
Francis Asbury, first elected Bishop of Methodism in the U.S.; rode on horseback over 275,000 miles over pioneer trails averaging one sermon a day. From New England to Charleston, S.C. More than 60 times he crossed the Appalachians. Once following . . . — Map (db m90574) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Battle HouseSurrender-Role Reversal
Until it was demolished in 1899, the Battle House, a stagecoach house and inn, stood just to your left. There, on May 7, 1865, a proposed Union surrender was transformed into a Confederate capitulation. After Col. William C. Bartlett's 2nd N.C. . . . — Map (db m12892) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — P-10 — Martin's Surrender
Gen. James G. Martin, surrendered the army of Western North Carolina, the last Confederate force in the state, in Waynesville, May 6, 1865. — Map (db m11737) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Museum Of N.C. Handicrafts
. . . — Map (db m12821) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — P 58 — N.C. Education Association
Organized in 1884 as N.C. Teachers Assembly in the White Sulphur Springs Hotel. Building was one mile northwest. — Map (db m17759) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — North Carolina Confederate Veterans Memorial Forest
The United Daughters of the Confederacy in cooperation with the United States Forest Service planted this 125 acre forest as a living memorial to the 125,000 soldiers North Carolina provided the Confederacy. The 125,000 Red Spruce tree forest was . . . — Map (db m123435) WM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Old Time MusicArtist Stefan Bonitz
Waynesville has a rich musical heritage. Today we enjoy old time music in the string bands, fiddle tunes and ballads played and sung at our street dances and many folk festivals. The artist created this sculpture from recycled industrial . . . — Map (db m75488) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — P-87 — Plott Hound
State dog. Prized for big game hunting skills. Breed refined in 1800s by Henry Plott & Family. Their home 2 mi. SW. — Map (db m110096) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — P-41 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept. 1776, passed here, through Pigeon Gap. — Map (db m11791) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — P-42 — Rutherford Trace
The expedition led by Gen. Griffith Rutherford against the Cherokee, Sept, 1776, passed here, through Balsam Gap. — Map (db m11792) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Rutherford's Expedition
In 1776, Revolutionary War General Griffith Rutherford led 2,400 men through the gap below and to your left. During the war's early phases the Cherokee, with British support, repeatedly attacked the frontier settlements. Rutherford's expedition was . . . — Map (db m123300) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Thomas's Resting PlaceGreenhill Cemetery
Col. William Holland Thomas (February 5, 1805-May 10, 1893) is among the Confederate officers and soldiers buried here in Greenhill Cemetery. His grave is located about thirty yards in front of you on the right. Thomas, who began trading with . . . — Map (db m75487) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Turpin's Chapel - Maple Grove United Methodist Church
Founded 1865 by Capt. John Turpin, CSA (NC)-POW Non-denominational until 1885. Became Turpin's Chapel MEC (South) 1885. Name changed to Maple Grove MEC (South) 1912. Became Maple Grove Methodist Church 1949 and Maple Grove United Methodist Church . . . — Map (db m19734) HM
North Carolina (Haywood County), Waynesville — Waynesville EngagementAmong the Last to Die
Col. William C. Bartlett’s 2nd N.C. Mounted Infantry (U.S.) occupied Waynesville early in May 1865. The Federals raided the surrounding countryside, relieving civilians of their horses and provisions. On May 6, a company of Confederate Col. . . . — Map (db m75490) HM

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