Category Archives: Dysartsville Saga

Episode #25 An Eternal Flame

This month not only have we traveled over the Blue Ridge, we are skimming Indian history from the Pequot war in 1636 (losing Mistick Fort in Connecticut) to the loss of the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears beginning in … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Episode #24 Where do You Go When You Can’t Go Home?

The first Cherokee-European treaty of which I am aware was in 1721 with England. The Governor of South Carolina invited delegates from 37 Cherokee towns, and after smoking a peace pipe and trading gifts, they agreed on defined borders. An … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga, McDowell County, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Episode #23: Westward Ho Dysartsville

In the last three posts, I “literally” traveled from my McDowell County neighborhood, westward toward Black Mountain, past the little town of Old Fort which used to be the edge of civilization even before the county lines. The fort was … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Episode 22: The Purposeful Life of Mary Sue Hogan Dillard

Thanks to my Dysartsville friend Mary Sue, I am back to writing again. I love to put words together and have had a passion to investigate my neighbors history in this community where I have lived only ten years. I … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged | 2 Comments

Episode 21: Community Pride

After the world wars, Americans all over the country settled down to the business of living again without fear. Then we lost another 55,000 Americans in Korea, according to https://www.britannica.com/event/Korean-War, and perhaps we were just plain tired of minding other … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Episode 20: 40th Daves Reunion

This is what I learned at the Daves reunion at Denton Chapel last May: The Daves extended family is extremely hospitable, and welcomed me and a couple other strays to their dinner table. And they are very proud of their heritage. … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Episode 19: More Storytellers

Last summer, I talked with Pat Allison Arrowood whose Daves family homeplace was behind the old Dysartsville Baptist Church. “My Mom would go out to the ‘farm’ to visit.”Pat was born in Marion, but lived in Morganton for a few years. “My Dad’s … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Episode 18: One Oldtimer’s Story

In the last Dysartsville episode, I introduced you to Romulus Jolley Duncan, age 96, who moved from Spruce Pine to Dysartsville to Mocksville, NC, and back to Dysartsville. Not a lot of travel for someone who had served in WWII. In … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Episode 17: Slow Changes Lost to History

Three Dysartsville churches were each relocated twice but haven’t been moved again in the last 100 years. Just the names of the roads have changed. The Trinity Methodist Church was started around 1858, one mile from Dysartsville on the Bridgewater … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga, McDowell County | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Episode 16: Meeting Areas

Every community requires space to accommodate the gathering of a large group of neighbors. I have already mentioned that one of the first assemblies in Dysartsville grew out of the Muddy Creek Mission in the 1780’s, later becoming the Drucilla Presbyterian … Continue reading

Posted in Dysartsville Saga, McDowell County, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment