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The late great Etta Baker was from Collettsville.

Coffeys General Store

Coffey's General Store

“Coffey’s General Store is a landmark in Edgemont, North Carolina and is the centerpiece of attraction in this isolated community located in the middle of the Pisgah National Forest.  For a number of years the store was owned and operated by Archie Coffey who is still remembered and revered by all that knew him.  Archie Coffey’s father, Gus bought the country store from Charlie Curlee in 1919.  Curlee had bought it from Judd Coffey, no relation to Gus, in 1895.  The history of the store before 1895 is sketchy.  In 1936 Archie Coffey took over the Edgemont Store and ran it until he died in 1986.  The store has been the mainstay of the community and center of activity of the goings-on in Edgemont.”

http://web.utk.edu/~jeparks/coffey.htm

“In late 1862, a rag-tag group of Union sympathizers and Confederate deserters spent several days terrorizing the citizens of Madison County, NC. They stole provisions and created such chaos that eventually several deaths were blamed on their activities. In response, Confederate officers James Keith and Lawrence Allen led their troops in search of the men. Many of the group were caught and immediately executed. However, the revenge sought by Keith and Allen did not stop there. They went on an obsessive, self-directed mission to locate and bring to justice anyone suspected of deserting or evading conscription. Instead of capturing and treating their prisoners by lawful means, the two men punished captives on the spot, beating, whipping, and occasionally ordering death by firing squad. These heavy-handed methods of enforcement soon made Keith and Allen two of the most despised and hated men in the western part of the state.”

http://www.digitalheritage.org/index.php/heritage-moments/heritage-moment-essays/21-kirks-raiders

Short video clip filmed at Wilson Creek in Caldwell County, NC. Reenactors of the 3rd N.C. Mounted Infantry (USA) portraying “Kirk’s Raiders” on the march into North Carolina from Tennessee.
William McClellan Ritter

William McClellan Ritter

Ritter Lumber

Ritter Lumber had a huge impact on the Globe valley. Clear cutting the land which made it easy for the flood of 1916 to wash away Mortimer.

Clark Trestle Adako, NC

Clark Trestle Adako, NC

“Can’t and Never Will” Chapter on Edgemont Railroad


shiner shoots shotgun

shiner shoots shotgun

Mortimer Moonshiner Shoots Shotgun

Edgemont Hotel

Edgemont Hotel

http://www.topix.com/album/detail/lenoir-nc/S2V220I7K9KB5AVR

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