Cataloochee Revisited: Bus Tour with Author Wayne Caldwell

This community event is available through the WNC Historical Association. From the WNCHA newsletter:

Cataloochee Revisited: Bus Tour with Author Wayne Caldwell
Registration Opens May 1, 2017

Please join award-winning local author Wayne Caldwell on Saturday, August 5, 2017, for a day trip to the Cataloochee Valley Historic Area. Caldwell based his best selling fiction series (Cataloochee and Requiem by Fire) on life in the Cataloochee Valley before and during the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The tour includes several historical exhibits and buildings as well as reflections and readings from Dr. Caldwell. Join us to re-imagine the daily life of the homes, farms, and families of this region and to learn about their displacement.

Tour participants will walk throughout the historic area including a one mile round trip walk to visit one of the sites.  Transportation by motor coach to and from the area and a box lunch are provided with your event registration.  The tour departs from the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, NC at 10:00 am and returns at approximately 4:00 pm. This event is a cooperation between WNCHA and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville.

Space is limited and advance registration and payment is required.  Please contact the Smith-McDowell House at or by calling 828-253-9231 to reserve your seat.  This is a light rain or shine event.

$75.00 for the general public; $65.00 for WNCHA members.



SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville

Presented by Pat Beaver, PhD, Professor Emeritus, and Tom Hansell, filmmaker, of Appalachian State University

After viewing Tom Hansell’s 50-minute documentary, After Coal, Dr. Beaver will explore the difficult journey by families attempting to build a new future in the coal fields of Eastern Kentucky and Wales. Can these regions successfully reinvent their traditions, social culture and economies in order to survive?

Tickets: $5.00,  W. N. C. Historical Association members free.

Western Regional Archives Microfilm Collection

The Western Regional Archives office in Asheville has the following documents available on microfilm for Haywood County, NC:

Haywood Tax Records 1866-1995
Tax Maps 1989; 1992-1993
Minutes, Co. Commissioners 1868-2010
Minutes, Bd. of Education 1881-1978
Board of Elections 1940-1999
Elections, Record of 1878-1940
Inheritance Tax Records 1921-1966
Land Entries, Record of 1809-1904
Marriage Bonds 1806-1868
Alien Registration 1940-1943
Naturalization, Record of 1906-1914; 1918
Pensions, Record of 1899-1938
Waynesville Minutes, Municipal 1923-2008
Canton Minutes, Municipal 1961-1994
Maggie Valley Minutes, Municipal 1974-2007