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for The State Vol. 9 Issue 33, Jan 1942
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Wayah Bald is the name of a mountain in Macon County. Its namesake derives from a Cherokee legend centered on Coneheetah and his grandson Wayah. The legend goes: Coneheetah sat atop Wayah Bald and listened to the stars, which informed him of an enemy that would arrive from the north and challenge the Cherokee nation. He also told Wayah to return to his village and become the greatest Cherokee leader and be prepared for this enemy. Wayah returned to the mountain top many times where he continued to seek Coneheetah's advice until he became an old man when he too joined Coneheetah in the stars.
On June 20, 1780 Whigs and Torries faced off at Ramsour's Mill near Lincolnton. The battle was indecisive and ended with estimated 75 dead and 100 wounded for each side. The Whigs may have prevailed had a messenger from General Griffith Rutherford's not been murdered on his way to Colonel Locke.
Although some feel that his name has been eclipsed by his distinguished father, James Iredell, Jr. has earned an important place in the state's history. He was a U.S. Senator, Governor, general of the state militia, and Superior Court judge.
Touring Avery County, Goerch describes the interesting things he found.