The Reverend Riley Covin details the history of Presbyterianism in Western North Carolina, focusing particularly on Bethel Presbyterian Church - the Mother Church of Presbyterianism in Haywood County. The church disbanded in 2009. Ted Carr discusses current usage of the 1885 structure by Bethel Rural Community Organization.


Informative facts concerning death customs, funerals, cemeteries, grave markers, decoration ceremonies, and epitaphs are outlined in a lengthy discussion by Evelyn Coltman. Prehistoric, international, national, state, and local particulars about this fascinating subject are brought to light in a dialogue that utilizes historical and modern references to denote social and cultural aspects of man's method of dealing with the last good-bye.


Cataloging Bethel Cemetery: Monumental Task for Young Historian describes the project conducted by Haywood Early College student, Allison Cathey, who has compiled a comprehensive listing and grid map of the cemetery for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.


Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, North Carolina, was home to Green Hill Academy and the original First Methodist Church. Malinda Messer discovers unique factual information about the cemetery and the buildings once housed on its premises.


Inman Chapel, Haywood County's renowned Universalist Church with a rich history of outreach to the community, owes homage to the Reverend Hannah Jewett Powell, the first female Universalist minister and missionary to fill a full-time mission post in North Carolina. Cheryl Inman Haney pays tribute to this beloved servant who began many social programs in Haywood County.

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Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 5

Accompanying the fifth Cold Mountain Heritage Tour in 2009, Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 5, focuses on Bethel but also ventures into Canton and Waynesville's historic locations.

As a preface to an article about one of the oldest structures in Haywood County, North Carolina – the Blanton Reece Log Cabin – Evelyn Coltman describes the history of various types of log homes and outbuildings typically constructed by Appalachian mountaineers. Vess and Talitha Reece exemplified a typical mountain family who reared eight children in their 360 square foot cabin, and the Reece family occupied its log home for seventy-six years.


The J. Frank Mann Farm, a Century Farm, was a prominent part of the history of North Hominy Community in Haywood County, North Carolina. Torpy Skinner invites the reader to experience the history of her family and what life was like on a several-hundred-acre rural setting - complete with barn, calf barn, milk house, country store, and tobacco barn - in the early part of the twentieth century.


Clyde Roark Hoey, Jr., was the son of a Governor of North Carolina as well as the nephew of another Governor. He and his wife Bernice built their Federalist style house on Pennsylvania Avenue, Canton, North Carolina, in 1929. The Fleetwood Smathers family occupied the home for almost fifty years. Both families were brought to the area because of employment at the Canton-based Champion Paper and Fiber plant. Evelyn Coltman describes life in the Hoey-Smathers house based on interviews with neighbors and those who lived there.


Three generations of the Way family, prominent citizens of Waynesville, North Carolina, lived in the magnificent Victorian Romanesque style Way House. Shancy Garrison, owner of Persnickety's which was housed in the historic house at the time of the fifth Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, composed a brief article about the history of the family and the building. Evelyn Coltman gives further details about the three generations of the Way family who occupied the house, the occupations of the owners, and architectural details about this structure that make it one of the most impressive buildings in Haywood County, North Carolina.


The private Gateway Club which was in business at the time of the fifth CMHT offered upscale dining and meeting rooms at the Church Street facility in Waynesville, North Carolina. This unique structure, however, was designed as a Masonic Lodge in the pre-Great Depression era and is considered to be one of the best examples of Masonic design in North Carolina. Suzanne Tinsley, one of the owners of the club, details the historical changes to the building. Evelyn Coltman prefaces Tinsley's description with one article on Freemasonry and its history throughout the ages and another commentary on the history of Freemasonry in Waynesville and Haywood County, North Carolina.


To conclude the book, there is a general history about country stores  as well as specific accounts of individual stores in Haywood County, North Carolina. Mast General Store provided a history of its operation since its founding in the late 1800s. Evelyn Coltman, based on interviews with former owners of the current Mast Store facility, chronicled a record of The Toggery, the clothing store that occupied the building before the Mast store. Coltman then delineated, in detail, the history of the J.B. Rigdon General Store in Bethel Community and wrote separate articles on the two owners – Rose and Joe Berry Rigdon.

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