We invite you to take a virtual trip through the history of this beautiful 469-mile "elongated park." Conceived during the depths of the Great Depression as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and completed in 1987, the Parkway continues to evolve through its ever-changing relationships with surrounding communities, landowners, and the public. The park winds its way through 17 North Carolina counties, numerous communities, and countless different southern Appalachian landscapes. Its economic, social, and psychic impact on western North Carolina-where its most fervent early supporters were based-has been profound. Read a brief history of the Parkway here.
North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Driving through Time" allows students, researchers, and digital tourists to uncover hidden stories, hear forgotten voices, and understand the often wrenching choices that the construction and preservation of a scenic parkway in a populated region have necessarily entailed. ...Read the full article
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