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Margaret Walker Freel Collection

Identifier: MSS 80-40

Content Description

Margaret Walker Freel (1895 - 1982) was the granddaughter of William Walker II, who settled in Cherokee County, NC, in 1839. She was a graduate of Peace College, in Raleigh, NC, and did graduate work at Columbia University. Ms. Freel resided in the Walker home, which was built by William Walker II in 1839. The home was listed in the National Registry of Historical Places. Her interest in the history of the area culminated in the publication of her book, Our Heritage, about Cherokee County.

The collection consists of:

- A hand-written volume of the book.

- Four volumes labeled Books I-IV, which comprise a typed draft of the book.

- One volume of page proofs.

- One volume of galley proofs.

- A group of miscellaneous draft pages.

- The copy of the volume used by the printer.

This addition to the Margaret Walker Freel collection contains rough drafts and proofs of Freel's book, Unto the Hills. The book is the story of the William Walker II (1812-1864) family and its migration to and settlement in Cherokee County, NC, in 1839.


  • 1955 - 1976


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1.75 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States