This image is the cover for the book Historic Tales of Sylva and Jackson County, American Chronicles

Historic Tales of Sylva and Jackson County, American Chronicles

Before the coming of the four-lane, Jackson County was an insular community defined by geography--wedged in between the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge escarpment, bisected by thousands of miles of streams. The people who settled the area tended to be tough as pine knots but also tended to be salt-of-the-earth. This book offers tales of a time of transition in the area, when arguments over whether someone should opt to have an electric wire run to their home weren't far separated from quibbling over Internet service providers. Inside are tales from logging camps, fields, gardens and lonesome game trails and stories of challenges faced with the unique sense of mountain humor. Local columnist Jim Buchanan tells tales of bear hunts, cool springs and creatures great and small.

Jim Buchanan

Jim Buchanan is a Jackson County native with roots going back to long before it was a county at all. He's a Western Carolina University graduate and former editorial page editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Currently special projects editor for the Sylva Herald, he is a board member of the Western North Carolina Historical Association. He has multiple North Carolina Press Association Awards for editorial and column writing over a newspaper career spanning nearly four decades.

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