Haywood History

It was a great blessing each summer, when my family traveled from our home and the hot weather in South Carolina to the cool mountains of North Carolina. Read more

Thinking about the Cataloochee Reunion brings back many childhood memories of cousins’ visits corresponding with the reunion, time spent on my grandparent’s farm in Iron Duff preparing for the reunion and the excitement of the day itself. Read more

Farming is key to Haywood County’s culture and heritage, but that doesn’t mean it is stagnant. What strikes me when looking at hundreds of old farm pictures in The Mountaineer’s archives or in Haywood County history collections is how much ch… Read more

The man who titled Federick Messer the “Old Man of the Mountains” in a 1901 Charlotte Observer story was himself a colorful character who became one of the state’s best-known journalists, writing newspaper articles up until the week of his de… Read more