During the Great Depression, the federal government purchased unused farmland in the Piedmont region. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy named this land the Uwharrie National Forest. It occupies parts of Montgomery, Randolph, and Davidson counties, and it is one of the nation's smallest national forest. It contains a mountain range older than the Rockies or Appalachians and lakes. Perry describes the forest and the people who live in and around it.