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for The State Vol. 42 Issue 7, Dec 1974
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James and Arlene Kesterson have developed the Mountain Folkways Center at Hendersonville in their attempts to preserve the rich cultural arts of their Appalachian ancestors for future generations. The Center provides place of instruction as well as a venue for local and national artists.
Controversy over the North Carolina senators' support for Andrew Jackson and states' rights led the legislature to hold session until 12:15 a.m. on Christmas Eve in 1834. The debate raged over a resolution that would expunge Whig Party Senator, Willie P. Mangum's vote to censure Andrew Jackson. Acceptance implied that state legislators had the power to tell the members of Congress how to vote.
Around 1914 mountain-dwellers in covered-wagon caravans trekked from between Pipers Gap and Low Gap to sell their produce at the markets of Winston-Salem. Often setting up camp at Pole Hollow on their way, the mountain folk brought a foreign way of life to the Piedmont towns below.
Antebellum medicinal prescriptions relied heavily on the use of whiskey and herbs. Some treatments such as bleeding with leeches and gashing and cupping seemed less desirable than the malady. Miracle Cures and elixirs and odd practices used by the clergy seem ludicrous and far-fetched by today's standards.
Don Willis of Cove City raises pigeons as a hobby and sport. Homing Pigeons were once used to carry top secret messages during wartime. Today fanciers place them in races where the birds must fly extended distances.