Pilgrims of the Lost Cemeteries By Christina Cooke | Oxford American | August 3, 2016
The closest the Cable sisters can get to home these days is by floating above it in a boat. This is how they spent the third Sunday in May, reminiscing about what lay beneath Fontana Lake back when this North Carolina land was a spring-fed family farm ringed by mountains. “Our house sat right out here and under the water about forty or fifty feet deep,” said Helen Cable Vance, pointing over the edge of a twenty-four-passenger pontoon boat to the rippled water’s surface, where a brown log house with a red-shingled roof once stood. It was a drizzly morning, and the shore, one hundred yards away, was deep green, punctuated by the round white poof balls of the mountain laurels in bloom. “In my mind’s eye, I can see the potato field right behind the house,” Helen said. “I can see the apple trees, and I can see the barn and the cattle and the crib.”.
In 2016, a small group of people wanted to pursue the possibility of creating a county museum. The group named themselves The Graham County Historical Association and received their non-profit status. In 2017, the Snider building, rich in history itself, was purchased to become the future home of the Graham County Museum and Heritage Center. Remodeling, renovations and structural changes are now in progress. A new roof was recently added and work as not moved inside. The group continues to collect local histories, family stories, old photographs and artifacts important to telling the story of Graham County, North Carolina. Come join us for a new historical adventure!
The history of the county and the histories of the families of Graham County have been passed down from one person to another since the county was formed in 1872. Our ancestors were strong people who tamed a rugged land and the Graham County Historical Association wants to continue to tell their story.
Our mission is to preserve, interpret and convey Graham County, regional and Appalachian history through exhibitions and educational programs to showcase our history, making Graham County a desired historical destination.
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Check out this great video of Fontana Dam by KillBoy.com [Darryl Cannon].