|About the Book|
On March 6, 1875, Sam Kelsey and C. C. Hutchinson paid $2 an acre for just over a square mile of the Sugartown Highlands in the Blue Ridge Mountains and began building a town 4,000 feet above the clouds. Perched on the shoulders of Satulah,MoreOn March 6, 1875, Sam Kelsey and C. C. Hutchinson paid $2 an acre for just over a square mile of the Sugartown Highlands in the Blue Ridge Mountains and began building a town 4,000 feet above the clouds. Perched on the shoulders of Satulah, Fodderstack, Black Rock, Whiteside, and Shortoff Mountains, the Highlands Plateau was shaded by primeval forests of giant hardwoods and pyramidal pines and drained by quiet crystal streams and thundering cataracts that plunged over precipitous crags and down laurel-fringed gorges. Offering restoration of health and soul, this paradisial settlement provided common ground for settlers from both the North and South a decade after their great Civil War. By 1883 three hundred immigrants from twenty-seven Northern and Southern states were calling Highlands home.This is a history of the origin and growth of a town with a Northern climate set high in the South, including the ever-continuing struggle between those who would preserve and those who would exploit its unique appeal to year-round residents and summer visitors. In its attempt to be all-inclusive, this book contains much detail, but it also embodies a collection of matchless characters and personalities and their stories that have given the town and its history remarkable color and enduring interest. In short, the big world is here mirrored in the small world where little things that happen are no less important, indeed more so.