The Pond Mountain Chronicle

Self-Portrait of a Southern Appalachian Community


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About the Book

Located in the area where North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee meet, Pond Mountain rises to over 4,000 feet. In its valley it holds the Pond Mountain community, a small area in Ashe County, North Carolina. Most of the families that live in the valley have been there for generations, farming the land. Here 31 Pond Mountain residents reflect on their childhoods, families, neighbors, customs and traditions, and the changes that have come to their mountain communities. What emerges is a unique look at a way of life that is rapidly being lost to history.

About the Author(s)

The late Leland R. Cooper lived in the Pond Mountain community of Creston, North Carolina.

Mary Lee Cooper lives in Columbus, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Leland R. Cooper and Mary Lee Cooper

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 252
Bibliographic Info: 56 photos, maps, index
Copyright Date: 1998
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0391-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1265-2
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Three Maps     11
The Interviews    14
Appendix: The House and Surroundings     219
Publisher’s Afterword     224
About the Authors     226
Index     227

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “a joy to read…an excellent example of what is unique and valuable about Appalachian studies and rural Appalachian culture…an excellent text for qualitative and oral interviewing courses”—Journal of Appalachian Studies
  • “show[s] how life on Pond Mountain has changed through the years…written in the same words the people spoke”—Ashe Mountain Times
  • “thirty-two interviews…interesting…good source material for Appalachian cultural history…well-indexed”—North Carolina Libraries; “a history of the region that shows decided change…rich in regional dialect”—Appalachian Journal