Several sections deal with the Moore family of Bethel Community. Nancy Moore (1820 – 1890) used a day book remembrance gift she received from a relative to document and create of diary of several years of historical events in the community including weather, farm activities, church events, deaths, marriages, and other interesting data.
Nancy Moore also collected a wide range of memorabilia which she arranged into a Scrapbook. Interspersed among clipped articles are some of her personal artistic endeavors as well as collected poems, historical data, and folk remedies.
Three Moore brothers who served as Confederate soldiers in the 62nd North Carolina Infantry Regiment sent letters home to their sister Nancy and brother Green Murray. Sixty-eight letters are included in descendant Tom Moore's collection. Several are printed in Legends, Book 6. In addition, Civil War era letters collected from Colonel Joseph Cathey and Thomas Isaac Lenoir are presented for readers.
The Osborne Boundary Oak was large enough to be a boundary marker in 1792. But the tree graced the area in what would become Bethel Community long before. According to oral history, the massive oak was near an Indian Council meeting location prior to white man, and soldiers under the command of General Griffith Rutherford marched near the tree's swaying branches in 1776 during the Rutherford Trace march against the Cherokee. Ernestine Upchurch, whose family has a special connection to this ancient tree, enlightens the reader with detailed research about the tree's early days.
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Included in the 2010 Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Book 6, are articles about sites on the sixth Cold Mountain Heritage Tour.
The Kinsland family built a large white Greek Revival-style farmhouse during the Civil War era, and the home has remained in the Kinsland family. The upper two stories of this impressive dwelling remain just as they were in the mid-1860s, with tobacco drying poles still in-tact in the two upper attic areas. Julianne Kuykendall Goldthwaite, Kinsland descendant and free-lance writer, documents the interesting history of the house and the Kinsland family.
Inman Chapel and Cemetery, dedicated in 1902, was built by the Reverend James Anderson Inman (brother of Inman of Cold Mountain fame) as the first Universalist Church west of Durham. This socially conscious religious group has been noted in previous books in the Legends series for its altruistic social activism. Author Cheryl Inman Haney edifies readers with more details about the church and the Inman family.
William Stewart Terrell donated the land on which Bethel Presbyterian Church, home of Bethel Rural Community Organization, is housed. In addition to being an active member of the church, this former Civil War Captain was a prominent community citizen who was a well-known businessman and store entrepreneur. Captain Terrell's history lends a special chapter to the chronicle of the history of Bethel Community and Bethel Presbyterian Church.
The Reece history involving the Blanton/Reece Log Cabin was detailed in Book 5 of Legends. Book 6 traces the Blanton connection. The article attempts to research the accuracy of the touted date of cabin construction (1821) and tries to determine the person who constructed the cabin. Blanton genealogical details, as well as oral history of Blanton descendants, lead the author to an inconclusive conclusion.
Truss Bridge #79 is Haywood County's only ornamental bridge and North Carolina's oldest metal truss bridge. In addition to delineating details about Truss Bridge #79's importance to Bethel Community, Haywood County, and North Carolina, the article ventures into a description of various types of crossings that illustrate bridges across history.
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