Sunday, January 11, 2009

Book Review: Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads by Carolyn Sakowski

Have you ever been out on an afternoon drive and saw a road that looked interesting but weren't sure where you would end up? One of my favorite books about the back roads of the entire mountain region of western North Carolina is this one.

Saowski is a native of Morganton, NC and has a B.A. in history from Queens College in Charlotte and an M.A. in history from Appalachian State University in Boone.

She lists twenty one scenic tours of the mountains designed to be a journey throught the history of each area. Tales of eccentric characters, folklore and stories about the early settlers make the scenery come alive.

Sakowsi begins the book in the Bryson City area and follows the counties on up to Sparta in the furthest northwestern county. I especially like how she draws you in with her highlights of local buildings still standing and the history of who lived there and how it all came about.

Find out all the details of the back roads in your favorite area of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. This book is a must have for the explorer in us all.

1 comment:

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

We LOVE this book and have been checking off each drive as we do it. One of us reads the nuggets of history and "human interest" stuff while the other drives. The drives usually take us longer than stated in the book because we stop all the time, checking out the falls, trails, etc.

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