Category Archives: Nanney Saga

Episode #3: Gold Plus

At Thermal City Gold Mine, you can pan for gold as seen in our last post. Or you can operate a small gold trommel (from the Dutch word for drum.) which can reprocess trainloads of dirt if you are up to it. But … Continue reading

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Episode 2: The Only Game in Town

We are talking about Thermal City, really more of a community than a city, and Thermal City Gold Mine is a place for visitors to try their hand panning for gold. Or get more involved/or relaxed for the entire day or week. Some … Continue reading

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Episode 1: Vein Mountain Road runs Nanney to Nanney

Since I have promised my near neighbors to include their stories in this blog, we must depart Nanneytown. However, we cannot cross the county line of McDowell and Rutherford without mentioning again the historical impact of gold mining in this area. Indeed, Thermal City Gold Mine … Continue reading

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New Nanney Followers

On March 1, Howard D. Bradshaw added this comment to the prologues: I just found nannau.com online and the connection to your website. My mother Dorothy Dalton Nanney Bradshaw was daughter of Harrison Reid Nanney, originally from Union Mills and … Continue reading

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Chapter 47: Port Holes in the Attic

In 1965, my friends’ Uncle Morris R. Nanney wrote about the Montford Cove Valley. The road on the far right is 221 going north to Marion, NC. The area to the right of 221 near the county line is Union Mills … Continue reading

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Chapter 46: Craftsmen Remembered

In the last post, we were leaving the 1836 addition of the Albertus Ledbetter house, walking across the now enclosed dogtrot into the original house built by Jonathan Ledbetter in 1826 on his daddy’s plantation. My tour is given by … Continue reading

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Chapter 45: Remember Cinderella?

Lately, I have heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. More often, don’t judge a book by its cover. But I have to believe what my neighbor said about the Albertus Ledbetter house when it was put on … Continue reading

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Chapter 44-B: Once Upon a Time

A stockade called Davidson’s or Rutherford’s Fort was the westernmost outpost for the white settlers exploring the Blue Ridge in 1730. After the Revolutionary soldiers returned to their homes with tales of available farmland, mild climates and beautiful valleys, the word spread, … Continue reading

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Chapter 44-A Firelight

Last month the national news kept our collective attention focused on the fires in Washington affecting thousands of families. This seems to be a yearly pattern on the west coast. A California friend travelled east this summer to her Massachusetts hometown and commented … Continue reading

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Chapter 43: Remembering the Sacrifices of our Military

In an earlier post, Chapter 28, I told you about Col. Amous Nanney, who was the great grandfather of both Wade Nanney and Mary Glenn. The Colonel’s sister, Alzira, married Porter Owenby Morgan who became a Captain in the Confederate … Continue reading

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