|Chimneys of the Great Smokies and Southern Appalachians, |
by John Duncan Neils
Copyright: Currahee Books 2008
Price: $19.95 - Order online below.
ISBN Number: 978-0-615-19421-9
Pages: 80 (Soft Cover)
The Appalachian Highlands and Great Smoky Mountains have always been filled with wonder. While the early settler families may be long gone, in many places they left a part of themselves behind for us to ponder. Haven’t we all seen a chimney, fieldstone or stacked rock, sitting alone in a field with the cabin long gone? Haven’t we all wondered who lived there in bygone years? What family was raised by that hearth, nurtured by the warmth of a wood fire in that chimney of long ago?
This exciting book presents 40 chimneys as standing relics of history as well as functional and historic works of art. The stories of the families that created these hearths and chimneys are compelling, and present a snapshot of the history of the Great Smoky Mountains and Southern Appalachians. Every single chimney, every hearth has a story to tell. In those days, it was around the chimney and hearth that the family gathered. Bibles were read, marriages were conducted, families prayed, children were given their first breath, families ate and talked, and the older folks quietly passed their final few breaths of life, as these early mountain settlers lived out the decades of their daily lives.
This book presents these stories, so often ignored by history, of the family life in these beautiful mountains. These chimneys speak of a rich history, a snapshot of personal experience, of the families on the rough frontier in these mountains, living now only in our memories; these structures are works of art that speak of a life gone by.
Still, for those who today can listen quietly in the still of a Smoky Mountain morning, listen carefully, in the early mist, these chimneys speak, bringing to us a certain richness. We can yet hear much of their story.
Table of Contents
Chimneys: Snapshots of History 6
Chimneys of the Great Smokies: 9
Chimneys of The Carolina and Georgia Highlands 40
These Singing Stones: 78
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