Lost Cove, North Carolina
Portrait of a Vanished Appalachian Community, 1864–1957
About the Book
Located just seconds from the winding Tennessee border, the remote mountain settlement of Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” Today, Lost Cove is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement.
In this first historically comprehensive book on Lost Cove, the author paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that survived for almost one hundred years. From its founding before the Civil War to the town’s ultimate decline, Lost Cove’s history is an in-depth account of family life and kinship in isolation. The author explores historically relevant interviews and genealogical findings from railroad documents, old newspaper articles, church records and deeds. Also included are oral histories that provide authentic, conversational accounts from families in the cove.
Local orders in the Boone, NC, area (28607 and surrounding zip codes) can purchase Lost Cove from Foggy Pine Books. Please call 828-386-1219 or email Foggy Pine at email@example.com.
About the Author(s)
Christy A. Smith
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 88 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies
Table of Contents
Introduction: Boundaries, Routes, and Debates 5
One. Lost Cove’s Beginning
Two. Lifeways of the Families 23
Three. The Prosperous Years: Railroads and Timber
Four. Moonshine in the Mountains 57
Five. Mountain View Free Will Baptist Church and Lost Cove School 66
Six. Families 99
Seven. The End of a Community
Appendix: Sketches of Lost Cove Interviewees
Book Reviews & Awards
- “The well-done research and interviews conducted by the author ensure that Lost Cove is not forgotten. A truly wonderful book.”—Booklist