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This special NORTH CAROLINA magazine community supplement discusses Watauga and Avery counties. Tourism is the financial backbone of both, with Watauga generating $150 million annually and Avery, $73 million. Agriculture still thrives in the counties, with the primary crop being Christmas trees. Cline discusses the work of Hugh Morton and the Robbins brothers in developing the area.
The history and livelihoods of North Carolinians who live in the Appalachian Mountains is discussed. The economic struggles of those who live in the area are described. The history of the craft movement, Vanderbilt’s construction of the Biltmore Estate, the types of crops grown, and tourism in the area are all detailed. Floyd Wilson of Yancey County and Red Alderman of Avery County share how they make a living in the mountains crafting jewelry and farming primrose.