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Sue Hedden Benson Collection

Identifier: SM 00-10
The collection consists of the following items:

Two (2) handwritten notes from Sue Hedden Benson’s cousins in a pink envelope.

A one Yen military currency note.

A Dillsboro & Sylva Electric Light Company bill for $7.59 to Hedden Barber Shop, Sylva, N.C., dated March 1, 1944.

A brown book of “Schoolday Memoires” tied together with brown ribbon which belonged to Sue Hedden Benson.

A white book of “Memoires” for Sylva Central High School.

Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper clipping of an article by Bob Terrell, “Good Old Days? Better Believe It,” dated October 28, 1984.

Two (2) dark metal oval picture frames with black and white pictures of “cupid wake, c. 1930s, and of “cupid asleep”, 1929.

According to the Mountain Heritage Center’s description of their Sue Hedden Benson collection, “the Benson Collection consists of 36 western North Carolina textile and household items dating from the mid-1800s through the 1960s. Sue Hedden Benson (b. 1924) was the daughter of Jeff Hedden (1899-1997) and Eula Mae Crawford Hedden (1896-1989) who moved to Jackson County from Clay County, N.C. in 1925. Jeff Hedden, a barber, operated the Hedden Barber Shop for 41 years until he sold it in 1983 when he was 83 years old. Jeff and Eula Mae Hedden raised two children, Sue and Joe, in a home that still sits above Main Street, Sylva, N.C. Items selected for this project include a handwoven blanket.”


  • 1929 - 1984

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