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Sunday February 28th

Letter: ​Western NC is often underappreciated


Two counties of Western North Carolina made for a wonderful experience on learning about part of that end of the Tar Heel state during my times of youth as an early lifelong resident of a family growing up in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

One experience in the summer after the fifth grade at Charlotte’s Midwood (Elementary) School in the summer of 1959 was at the Western Carolina summer school in Cullowhee in the Western North Carolina mountain county of Jackson County.

Then four years later, right after my ninth grade school year at Eastway Junior High School in the summer of 1963, came a summer camp at the Brevard Music Center in the county of Transylvania in the Western North Carolina county south of Asheville.

For the longest time I didn’t pay any attention to the geographic fact that (the) Jackson and Transylvania experiences I enjoyed in my summers of youth were actually neighboring geographic counties in the (west) of North Carolina!

In Jackson County after the fifth grade I learned a lot about education interest in Western Carolina in 1959. Then four years later I learned about classical music developments at the Brevard Music Center in Transylvania County just east of Jackson County.

Take a nice look of a Western North Carolina map showing both Jackson and Transylvania counties! How many folks in the Piedmont or the Eastern realize that these two counties are geographic neighbors out west?

David McKnight


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