2009 Board of Directors Folk Heritage Association of Macon County Harold Corbin, Co-Vice Chairman Janet Jacobs Greene, Co-Vice Chairman Charlie Leatherman, Chair Elect Margaret Ramsey, Chairman Theresa Ramsey, Treasurer Sue Waldroop, Secretary Betty Ann Bryant Bob Moore Betty Cabe Bob Poindexter Tex Corbin Joann Poindexter Lonnie Crawford Ralph Preston Marilyn Crawford Jean Swafford Wayne English Wayne Swank Henry Fichner Kathy Tinsley Reed Henson Ben Utley Emma Mathis Mark West Bobby McCollum MCHS Rep-Vic Greene “Heritage is a living part of us. More than just reading and learning, it is a part of who we are.” Heritage Village & Farm Advisory Committee Dan Brigman FP “Bodie” Bodenheimer Harold Corbin C. Lewis Penland Joann Poindexter Margaret Ramsey Living Karl Gillespie Janet Jacobs Greene Cecil Groves Theresa Ramsey Hank Shuler Larry Stenger Heritage David Huskins Susan McCaskill Wayne Swank Jim Vanderwoude Village & Farm Barbara McRae Bob Moore Mark West Franklin, NC Jack Patton (FHAMC Board) Living Heritage Village and Farm A Heritage Planning Committee, working with the Board of Directors of the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County is actively Everywhere we look in our mountains today, we see change: the working toward this vision. This team is made up of leaders in landscape is changing, life-styles are changing, population and business, education, economic development and tourism, plus those industry are changing. The only thing that cannot change is our who have deep roots and love for the heritage of the county. heritage---but, it can be lost, simply by our indifference and neglect. We, who live here now, have a deep responsibility to future Recognizing the value and potential of this project, our County generations to protect this heritage before it is too late. Commissioners have deeded 23.6 acres of land along the Cartoogechaye Creek and the Little Tennessee River, near the Library In this world of instant gratification and communication, unique and and the Southwestern Community College campus on Siler Road. important lessons can be learned from the lives of those whose The goal is to obtain grants, establishment memberships and survival depended on ingenuity, hard work, and mutual help and endowments, and generate on-site revenue. No county tax money support from their neighbors. will be involved. Seven years ago, the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County There are many excellent museums and historic sites in the region, (FHAMC) was organized for the purpose of “providing living history but few of them are designed to allow our residents and visitors to experiences, and to preserve the folk heritage of Macon County for become involved as participants, rather than just spectators. The generations to come.” A long range goal was the creation of a unique natural and historical significance of Macon County makes it heritage center where folks can see life as it used to be lived. an ideal location for such a center. Historic buildings will be brought in, restored on site, and furnished The people of Macon County have a very strong tradition of care and appropriately. As the center develops, other important parts of our preservation of our environment and culture, i.e. the preservation of heritage will be added: grist mill, blacksmith shop, molasses mill, the Nikwasi and Cowee mounds, the creation of the Cowee-West sawmill, etc. Most importantly, there will be on-going activities Mills Historic District, the protection of the Needmore Tract, and where visitors can feel involved. There will be opportunities for others. The Macon County Historical Museum does an excellent job classes in various heritage skills and activities. A re-creation of a of preserving our history: the records, photographs genealogies, and Cherokee homestead will be a goal. artifacts. This site would serve as an educational and promotional launching pad for these and the other historical and natural attractions Recognizing the educational potential in this project, Southwestern in our county. Community College and the Macon County Schools are important partners in developing plans. There will be opportunities for schools In the construction of the Heritage Village, the recommended through out the region to participate. practices in the protection of the watershed will be followed. Macon County, as well as the entire Western North Carolina region, We encourage others to step forward and become a part of this effort, is increasingly dependent on tourism as its major source of revenue. for it is about each of us, both native and newly arrived; those who This Living Heritage Village and Farm will provide Macon County lived it, and those who wish to understand it. with a needed “destination point”, and will also serve as a gateway to the rest of the region. For more information, contact any member of the Board and Planning Committee.
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