150th Program: The Role of Waterways in Transylvania County

Date: 
August 18, 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Transylvania County Library, Rogow Room

Event: 150th Program: The Role of Waterways in Transylvania County
Event Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Event Time: 7:00 pm
Event Location: Transylvania County Library, Rogow Room
Contact: Marcy Thompson, 828-884-3151, ext 242

We will explore the significance of the French Broad River and its tributaries from a variety of perspectives - industry, recreation, tourism, the economy, camps, and quality of life - both historically and currently and what we do to protect our waterways.

Early settlers depended on water power to grind corn, wheat, rye, and other grains for both human and animal consumption, turned machinery to cut lumber, make furniture, turn iron bars for gun barrels, card wool, produce corn whiskey, cider and fruit brandies and later to generate electric power. Later the availability of clean water played an important role in bringing industries such as Ecusta and DuPont to Transylvania County. Today the French Broad River, Little River, Davidson River and Horsepasture River along with the numerous waterfalls throughout the county provide recreation for local residents, visitors and summer campers.

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