From Staff Reports
Christy Smith will visit the Unicoi County Heritage Museum from 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, to sign copies of her book, “Lost Cove, North Carolina: Portrait of a Vanished Appalachian Community, 1864-1957.”
Her appearance will help celebrate the opening of the Unicoi County Heritage Museum, along with the Clinchfield Railroad Museum, for the 2022 season.
A local historian and author, Smith has finished her book as a way to help preserve a regional landmark.
Smith’s book offers a comprehensive looks at mountain people who fought to preserve their way of life. Smith said she has made 20 trips to Lost Cove since she began hiking to the location back in 1982.
Smith spent many hours collecting data and talking to descendants of Lost Cove residents in preparation for her work. The Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University and Yancey County Library in North Carolina were both valuable resources for her research.
She spoke to members of several Lost Cove families, including Millers, Baileys, Bryants and Tiptons.
Smith said that the community was very close-knit, as well as very self-reliant and self-sustaining. At one time, about 100 people that lived in Lost Cove, according to the author.
Copies of her book are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as at several independent bookstores in both Tennessee and North Carolina.
The Unicoi County Heritage Museum is located on the grounds of the Erwin National Fish Hatchery at 520 National Fish Hatchery Road, Erwin. For more information on hours, call the museum at (423) 743-9449.