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Western North Carolina Associated Communities

Identifier: MSS 80-12
The Western North Carolina Associated Communities is made up of eleven western counties in North Carolina (Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Swain, and Transylvania). Begun in 1947, the organization was dedicated to the development of the region. The overall policy of the association was to organize the counties and communities west of Asheville for their mutual benefit on matters pertaining to tourism, game and fish resources, and roads (originally with special emphasis on the Blue Ridge Parkway).

The Western North Carolina Associated Communities merged with the Western North Carolina Development Association in the late 1990’s. The merged organization is now called WNC Communities, and is based in Asheville, N.C.

The organization lists as its major accomplishments:

1. Aiding in the completion of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

2. Aiding in the development Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

3. The establishment of the North Carolina National Park, Parkway and Forest Development Commission.

4. Compiling and publishing a report on the resources and industrial development possibilities of the eleven counties.

5. The establishment of the Western North Carolina Tourist Association, later known as the Western North Carolina Highlanders.

6. The founding of the Cherokee Historical Association, which stages Unto These Hills.

The collection includes correspondence, minutes, speeches, press releases, newspapers clippings, and reports. Subjects of note, in addition to those listed above: Andrews-Franklin Wagon Train, Cherokee Historical Association, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and community resources.


  • 1941 - 1972

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