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NC Mountains winter snow

<h1>Winter is on the Agenda in NC Mountains.</h1> <p>Now that the autumn days has ended and the colorful October days have turned toward winter, one must look back to the foggy days of August. &nbsp;According to Appalachia folklore, foggy days in August decides the number of snows in the winter season.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Predicting the Number of Snows in Winter&nbsp;</h2> <p>August is the month when fog gathers throughout the blue ridges and mountain tops. &nbsp;The pumpkins are almost ready for harvest, and the mountain tradition of predicting the number of snows for the coming winter begins.&nbsp;</p> <p>We understand this tradition, passed down by early settlers, came from the Native Americans who lived among them in Appalachia at that time. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h2>Here is how it works. &nbsp;</h2> <p>For every foggy morning that the NC Mountains had in August, one would place either a large or a small bean placed in a jar will predict the number of snows that winter. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For example</strong>: &nbsp;If an August morning fog lingers midway up the mountains, you would place a small bean. &nbsp;The small bean stands for a light snow, the mountain folks call it a &ldquo;dusting of snow.&rdquo; &nbsp;When fog cover the ground and stretches to the top of the mountains, place a large bean into the jar. &nbsp;A large bean stands for a deep snow that winter. (One must measure the fog from a designated location each morning.)</p> <p>Fall in Appalachia brings other notable traditions and events. &nbsp;Continue to follow Ashe High Country Realty&rsquo;s blogs to learn of happenings in and around Appalachia. &nbsp;</p> <p>In the spring, we will learn whether counting the foggy days in August is only folklore or if it really happens. &nbsp;</p> <p>We will let you know!<br /> &nbsp;</p>

Ashe County Autumn Day

<h1><em>Autumn in Ashe County</em></h1> <p>Here at Ashe High Country Realty, we think all quintessential fall activities are best enjoyed in the mountains of north western North Carolina.&nbsp; Whether you&rsquo;re looking to carve pumpkins, enjoy the leaves as they showcase their brilliant colors, or just visiting around the Thanksgiving holiday, you&rsquo;re sure to enjoy your time in the mountains of Ashe County.</p> <h2><em>Pumpkins&nbsp;</em></h2> <p>It is easy to pick up the perfect pumpkin and other fall decorations near the town of Jefferson.&nbsp; Located at the corner of NC Highway 16 and Don Walters Road, Third Day Market&rsquo;s Pumpkin Patch is one of the most popular destinations in the area.&nbsp; Visitors will find all sizes and colors of pumpkins, gourds, squash, corn shocks, Indian corn, and mums.&nbsp; Stop by to find the perfect pumpkin to carve your best jack-o-lantern, and the rest of your fall decorations!</p> <h2><em>Changing Leaves in NC Mountains</em></h2> <p>One of most popular reasons to visit North Carolina&rsquo;s mountains in the fall are the changing leaves.&nbsp; Every year, the month of October (and early November in lower elevations) the Blue Ridge Mountains transform into vibrant red, yellow, and orange as leaves on native deciduous trees change color before falling off for the winter.&nbsp; The Blue Ridge Parkway is an especially popular area for motorists to drive and enjoy the colors.&nbsp; During the fall months, overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway often display a tale of three seasons; the lush green of the lower-elevation Yadkin Valley, hues of red, yellow and orange on the mountain slopes, and the brown of winter on high mountain peaks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether visiting family or simply escaping to the mountains for the Holiday season, Ashe County truly shines during the fall months.&nbsp; There are plenty of restaurant options in both West Jefferson and Jefferson, and certainly no shortage of ways to appreciate the area&rsquo;s beautiful surroundings.&nbsp; Come discover why so many choose to call Ashe County home.&nbsp;</p> <h3><em>And, then there is Halloween!</em></h3> <p>Be sure to attend the activities in and around West Jefferson for Halloween.</p> <p>This year, a full blue moon will appear on Halloween night.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

State of Franklin

<p>The State of Franklin</p> <p>Many in North Carolina and Tennessee may not know about the State of Franklin which came into existence on December 14th, 1784.&nbsp; The State of Franklin began at the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and extended west to include most of what is now Alleghany, Ashe, and Watauga counties. &nbsp;The territory also included what is now Washington, Sullivan, Hawkins, and Green counties in Tennessee.&nbsp; The State of Franklin lasted for five years, ceasing to exist in 1789.</p> <p>After the Revolutionary War, many citizens residing in the Appalachian Mountain region were so far removed from their state&rsquo;s capitol that they were not able to receive their government&rsquo;s support in times of need.&nbsp; Most were still paying state taxes but were too far away to receive aid should an emergency arise.&nbsp; For example, Native Americans had allied with the British during the Revolutionary War, but most tribes had not been notified of the War&rsquo;s end and continued raids on settlements in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.&nbsp; Mountain folk were left to deal with these and many other hardships without the aid of their government &ndash; survival in these times meant being self-sufficient.</p> <p>Largely due to sentiments arising from this unique situation, there was a push in this remote region of the nation to create an independent state.&nbsp; John Sevier was one of the main leaders to lead the charge for this region&rsquo;s autonomy and served as the region&rsquo;s first and only governor. &nbsp;In May of 1785, a delegation submitted a petition for statehood to United State Congress with the proposed name of Frankland.&nbsp; Seven states voted to admit Frankland into the Union, but the nascent state still lacked the two-thirds majority needed to officially become a state under the Articles of Confederation.&nbsp; John Sevier, along with other leaders of the region, changed the name of their state to Franklin soon after these obstacles for statehood were encountered.&nbsp; Sevier even sought Benjamin Franklin&rsquo;s backing, but failed to gain additional support from him or others with additional pull in the US government.&nbsp;</p> <p>While not officially a state recognized by the United States&rsquo; government, the State of Franklin&rsquo;s territory independently functioned under a constitution written by elected representatives and fashioned to resemble the Constitution of the State of North Carolina.&nbsp; At the time of its creation in December 1784, the region had a population of around twenty-five thousand people.&nbsp; Most landowners wrote deeds to Jonesborough, the capitol of the State of Franklin.</p> <p>John Sevier would later serve as the governor of Tennessee after the State of Franklin&rsquo;s territory was ceded to North Carolina and Tennessee.&nbsp; No back taxes were paid by Franklin residents to their new states, and each family was able to keep their homestead without penalty from their new respective states.&nbsp;</p> <p>Even though Ashe county residents are now proudly North Carolinians; a large portion of southern Appalachia was at one point rather close to becoming an independent state.&nbsp; If it was not for a few decisions made by politicians in the late 18th century, we very well may be living in the State of Franklin today.&nbsp; No matter the name of our beautiful corner of the state, those now living in Ashe County are now well connected to the rest of North Carolina all while enjoying the splendor the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer.</p> <p>Source:</p> <p>Arthur Lloyd Fletcher, 2006.&nbsp;Ashe County, A History, a new edition.&nbsp;Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, 14.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Ashe County NC Lost Province

<h1>North Carolina&rsquo;s Lost Province | Ashe County</h1> <p>Up until the dawn of the 20th century there were many corners of North Carolina that remained relatively inaccessible for travelers and trade.</p> <p>&nbsp;Roads, railways, and other major forms of transportation were extremely limited due to the rugged nature of the Blue Ridge Mountains rising sharply in the western part of our beautiful state.</p> <p>&nbsp;The Blue Ridge Mountains at times rise more than 2000 feet over the valley below &ndash; posing a formidable obstacle to those who may wish to venture westward from the Piedmont region.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h2>The Horton Turnpike&nbsp;&nbsp;</h2> <p>In the late 19th century, there was a push by some local citizens and Ashe County&rsquo;s government to create a road leading from Jefferson into Wilkesboro.&nbsp;</p> <p>Colonel Nathan Horton, a particularly impassioned Ashe County citizen, personally funded a large portion of the &ldquo;Horton Turnpike&rdquo; which was to connect Wilkesboro to Jefferson and continue to the Tennessee border.</p> <p>In those days, tolls were commonly charged for road use due to the large costs incurred from road construction through the mountains.&nbsp;</p> <p>Travelers were typically charged 50 cents for a 4-wheel carriage, 10 cents for each passenger on horse, 5 cents for each foot passenger, 2.5 cents per cattle head, and 1 cent for every hog or sheep.&nbsp;Due to steep terrain and trouble securing laborers, the &ldquo;Horton Turnpike&rdquo; was never completed.</p> <h2>Ashe County Known as Lost Province</h2> <p>&nbsp;In 1887, Ashe County instead turned its attention to completing a road leading to Marion, Virginia &ndash; the closest railroad connection at the time.&nbsp;The road to Marion resulted in increased trade with Virginia and less commerce with the rest of North Carolina, thus unofficially designating Ashe County as North Carolina&rsquo;s &ldquo;Lost Province.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the early 20th century, some route changes were made to original Horton Turnpike: grades were made manageable, bridges were built, and some sand/clay surfaces were added to replace the original dirt.&nbsp;</p> <p>These updates were funded through a joint effort from the State and private subscriptions from the citizens of Ashe and Wilkes Counties.&nbsp;The new road, known as the Jefferson Turnpike, was a major improvement over prior passageways leading through the mountains and provided a dependable - albeit temporary - connection to the rest of the North Carolina.</p> <p>Unfortunately, an infamous rainy period in 1916 caused flooding across western North Carolina. Most of&nbsp;the Jefferson Turnpike was permanently washed away in 1916 and roads temporarily deteriorated to back to 19th century conditions.&nbsp;</p> <h2>North Carolina establishes the State Highway System</h2> <p>It was not until North Carolina&rsquo;s General Assembly established the state highway system in 1921 that Highway 16 was constructed.&nbsp;Highway 16 is currently used today and provides a reliable passageway from Wilkesboro into Ashe County.&nbsp;Highways 421, 221, 88, and 163 also provide easy transportation throughout the area to present day.</p> <p>As of current, US Highway 221 is being upgraded &ndash; designed to be the safest road of its kind upon completion later this year.&nbsp;A modern, four-lane divided highway will replace the original two-lane road leading from Deep Gap to West Jefferson.&nbsp;When completed, Ashe County will become even more accessible and easy to find for those visiting our scenic mountain province.</p> <p>Although the region is now well-connected to the rest of the state, some still endearingly refer to Ashe County as North Carolina&rsquo;s &ldquo;Lost Province.&rdquo;&nbsp;Our beautiful corner of the state has an untouched feel compared to other regions, tucked away in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sources:</p> <p>&nbsp;Arthur Lloyd Fletcher, 2006.&nbsp;Ashe County, A History, a new edition.&nbsp;Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, 14.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

River House Inn and Restaurant

<h1>Visit River House Inn and Restaurant</h1> <p>There are many reasons to visit the River House Inn and Restaurant in Ashe County. Whether you are there for dinner, relaxing for the day, or staying for the weekend, the River House Inn will be a wonderful experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;Find a rocking chair, sit back on the porch, and enjoy watching the New River&rsquo;s tranquil waters make their way downstream. After time well-spent at the River House Inn and Restaurant, you will feel refreshed and look&nbsp;forward to returning.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Along with the many events held throughout the year, the River House holds two major events during the summer.</p> <p>A Wine Tasting held at the beginning of summer and the Blues Fest held just as the first hint of color appears on the trees.&nbsp; Both evens bring people from near and far to enjoy a day well spent on the banks of the New River.&nbsp;</p> <p>The River House Inn is also a perfect destination for business meetings or conferences as well as wedding venues.&nbsp;</p> <p>The River House Inn and Restaurant is on the New River in&nbsp;the quaint communities of Grassy Creek and Crumpler in northern Ashe County, a short drive from West Jefferson and Boone.</p> <h2>River House Inn&rsquo;s History</h2> <p>Part of what makes the River House Inn so special is its unique history. Some of the buildings on the property date back to early 1870&rsquo;s.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 1824, Meredith Ballou first built a home on the river-front property, having received a land grant of 10,000 acres. One of Meredith&rsquo;s descendants built the first version of the River House in 1870. The property stayed within the Ballou family until deeded to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980.&nbsp;</p> <p>UNC Chapel Hill put the house on the market &ndash; the estate had a couple different owners in the 1980s and used as a horse farm until 1988.</p> <p>Gayle Winston, a Grassy Creek native, bought the remaining acreage in 1988, renovated the main house and adjacent buildings to create the River House Inn and Restaurant that still stands today.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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