Lost Cove North Carolina
ocated near the winding Tennessee border, the remote
mountain settlement of Lost Cove, North Carolina,
was once described as the place where the "moonshiner
frolics unmolested." Today, Lost Cove is a ghost town
accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse.
In this first comprehensive book on Lost Cove, the author
paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that
survived for almost 100 years. From its founding before the
Civil War to its ultimate decline, Lost Cove's history forms
an account of family life and kinship in isolation. The author
explores 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.
CHRISTY A. SMITH teaches Appalachian studies courses
part-time at King University in Bristol, Tennessee, and is the
director of the Unicoi County Prevention Coalition.