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The Blue Ridge Mountains have been home for the Saponi, Cherokee, Monacan, and Tutelo indians. They have witnessed battles of the French and the British, and the Blue and the Gray. These mountains have been the outpost of the frontier settlers, and they have given coal and timber for a growing nation. Today, they offer refuge for the miner, recreation for the masses, and retreat for the millionaire.

The slopes of these gentle giants formed the background of my childhood. In most every occasion, they were standing like a silent witness, watching my life unfold, as they did for several generations of my family before me. Though I have moved and the people and places have changed, these blue, hazy, peaks welcome my return whenever I get the opportunity.

Though the Blue Ridge Mountains may seem the unchanging backdrop of the flow of events, the future of what it offers us is uncertain. Disease, unchecked urban sprawl, pollution, and mass apathy all have the potential to reduce its beauty to mere ashes in a generation. Perhaps if more of us who love these mountains performed small acts of kindness for them, we could rightly hope to pass on this treasure when our time here has ended.
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The Blue Ridge Parkway

For seventy years, this highway known as ‘America's Favorite Scenic Drive’ has delighted tourists with its unparalleled vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its unique look into America's rural past. Stretching over 450 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway receives more visitors annually than any other property in the National Parks System. (top)


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Blue Ridge Parkway News-

28 May 2017 at 6:56pm

  • Virginia woman falls to death on Blue Ridge Parkway overlook in NC - WRAL.com
    21 May 2017 at 8:53am

    WRAL.com

    Virginia woman falls to death on Blue Ridge Parkway overlook in NC
    WRAL.com
    PISGAH FOREST, N.C. ? An elderly woman's body was recovered after a fall off a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook, authorities said. The victim, identified by Parkway officials as Nancy Ann Martin, 83, died after falling off the East Fork Overlook on Friday.
    83-year-old woman falls to death from NC Blue Ridge Parkway overlookWNCN
    Virginia woman falls to death on Blue Ridge Parkway overlookWHSV
    Woman falls to her death on Blue Ridge ParkwayWBIR-TV
    wtvr.com -WKRN.com
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  • Updated: Woman falls to her death on Blue Ridge Parkway - Asheville Citizen-T...
    19 May 2017 at 3:20pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Updated: Woman falls to her death on Blue Ridge Parkway
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST ? An 83-year-old woman fell to her death from the East Fork Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to parkway ...
    83-year-old woman falls to her death off Blue Ridge Parkway overlookCharlotte Observer
    83-year-old woman falls 150 feet to her death from Blue Ridge Parkway overlook, park service saysWYFF Greenville
    Richmond woman killed after falling from Blue Ridge Parkway overlookWRIC
    WLOS -WHKP
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  • Shower construction underway at Price Park Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkw...
    19 May 2017 at 5:30pm

    Caldwell Journal

    Shower construction underway at Price Park Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway
    Caldwell Journal
    BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, NC (May 17, 2017)?The camping experience at Julian Price Park Campground is going to get even better this year with the addition of a new shower facility funded by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Thanks to support from ...


  • Parkway rangers: Keep your eyes on the road - Asheville Citizen-Times
    26 May 2017 at 2:38pm

    Asheville Citizen-Times

    Parkway rangers: Keep your eyes on the road
    Asheville Citizen-Times
    BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY ? All you need is just a little patience. To keep from smashing into a guardrail, hitting another car or a bicycle, wiping out on a motorcycle, and even dying. That's the No. 1 piece of advice from parkway chief ranger Neal Labrie ...


  • 8News Daytrippers: Get 'breathtaking' views on the Blue Ridge Parkway - WRIC
    16 May 2017 at 6:09am

    WRIC

    8News Daytrippers: Get 'breathtaking' views on the Blue Ridge Parkway
    WRIC
    The popular trail is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway just a few miles from I-64 interchange and the Afton mountain. Good Morning Richmond anchor Morgan found a lot of hikers hitting the trail on a brisk morning. ?Bring water and be ready for some ...


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The Civilian Conservation Corps-

ccc, blue ridge mountains, blue ridge parkwayThe Blue Ridge Parkway would not exist without the brave, hardworking men of the CCC who forged this trail in the Great Depression, often with little more than hand tools. The tremendous achievement and great skill of these unsung heroes can be seen in the many structures they created for our enjoyment. (top)

Civilian Conservation Corps Links-

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CCC News-

28 May 2017 at 6:56pm

  • New Deal day; relics and remembrances of the Civilian Conservation Corps - St...
    21 May 2017 at 8:17am

    St George News

    New Deal day; relics and remembrances of the Civilian Conservation Corps
    St George News
    Composite photo shows the south entrance of Zion National Park with the South Entrance Monument. Overlay photo shows how it was built by the CCC in the 1930s; background photo shows how it looks today. Washington County, Utah, overlay circa 1930s, ...

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  • Musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps coming to 3 state parks - ...
    22 May 2017 at 7:40am

    Musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps coming to 3 state parks
    Walker Pilot Independent
    Michigan-based author and songwriter Bill Jamerson will present the ?Dollar a Day Boys? program, a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Itasca, Buffalo River and Lake Bemidji state parks over Memorial Day weekend.
    Legacy Day of the Civilian Conservation CorpsVoices of Central Pennsylvania

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  • OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps - Coastal Point
    18 May 2017 at 2:15pm

    Coastal Point

    OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps
    Coastal Point
    Coastal Point ? Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.While many know Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, less well known is the Emergency Conservation Work ...
    CCC at Letchworth to be talk topicThe Livingston County News

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  • Ask the Historical Society: Civilian Conservation Corps - Cecil Whig
    6 May 2017 at 3:13am

    Cecil Whig

    Ask the Historical Society: Civilian Conservation Corps
    Cecil Whig
    That program, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), established Camp Evergreen on May 28, 1937, and young men from Patapsco Valley State Park, slated for discharge because the reforestation project was finished there, were transferred to Cecil County ...


  • Historic marker honoring Civilian Conservation Corps Camp unveiled by Walton-...
    7 May 2017 at 10:17am

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    Historic marker honoring Civilian Conservation Corps Camp unveiled by Walton-Verona students
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    Boone County's newest Historic Marker commemorates the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp that was located on the property now occupied by the Walton-Verona Middle School on Church Road. The Marker, sponsored by the Boone County Historical ...


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Blue Ridge Mountains News

28 May 2017 at 6:56pm

  • 21 & Up: Distillery brings bit of Blue Ridge Mountains to Williamsburg - 13ne...
    15 May 2017 at 6:53am

    13newsnow.com

    21 & Up: Distillery brings bit of Blue Ridge Mountains to Williamsburg
    13newsnow.com
    (WVEC) -- After 10 years in Sperryville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Copper Fox Distillery owner Rick Wasmund opened up a new location for the distillery along Captiol Landing Road. When you meet Wasmund, you'll notice a laid-back guy ...


  • Roanoke and Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains are calling - Official ... - Osce...
    3 May 2017 at 2:10pm

    Osceola News-Gazette

    Roanoke and Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains are calling - Official ...
    Osceola News-Gazette
    Editor's Note: This is the first of a series of online travel stories based on a recent trip to Roanoke, Va. and the Blue Ridge Mountains area. An overview feature ...

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  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area brings back the digital crafts trail - Moun...
    5 May 2017 at 12:07pm

    Mountain Xpress

    Blue Ridge National Heritage Area brings back the digital crafts trail
    Mountain Xpress
    At a press event held last month, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area (a federally designated span of 25 counties in which the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills is actively being preserved) launched a digital project that ...


  • Blue Ridge Music Center announces 2017 summer concert series schedule - Green...
    6 May 2017 at 4:01am

    Greensboro News & Record (blog)

    Blue Ridge Music Center announces 2017 summer concert series schedule
    Greensboro News & Record (blog)
    The Slate Mountain Ramblers are another of the premier contemporary, family-based string bands of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have been a mainstay of the dance and festival culture in central and Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia for 24 ...


  • Watauga County Arts Council to Host Blue Ridge Art Clan for Group Exhibition ...
    11 May 2017 at 10:41am

    High Country Press

    Watauga County Arts Council to Host Blue Ridge Art Clan for Group Exhibition Throughout May
    High Country Press
    She says she loves to share images of our Blue Ridge mountains and other beauty from around the world. Her photographs are strong and vivid, spanning a variety of subject matter she has encountered during her travels. Todd also does informal portrait ...


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