Lost Cove, North Carolina: Author Talk & Book Signing

April 2, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Admission limited to 35. Tickets are $8/person.

Located just seconds from the winding Tennessee border, the remote mountain settlement of Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” Today, Lost Cove is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. In this first historically comprehensive book on Lost Cove, the author paints a portrait of an isolated yet thriving settlement that survived for almost one hundred years. From its founding before the Civil War to the town’s ultimate decline, Lost Cove’s history is an in-depth account of family life and kinship in isolation. The author explores historically relevant interviews and genealogical findings from railroad documents, old newspaper articles, church records and deeds. Also included are oral histories that provide authentic, conversational accounts from families in the cove.

Christy Smith grew up in Erwin, Tennessee, a small railroad town known as “the valley beautiful.” Her passion for history and writing began in her teens with oral stories from her grandmother and grandfather. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2007 with a Liberal Arts degree in Appalachian Studies. Christy teaches part-time Appalachian Studies courses at King University in Bristol, Tennessee and she is the Director of Unicoi County Prevention Coalition which focuses on educating the community and youth about substance abuse and misuse.

Books will be for sale at the cost of $29.95 at the event. You can also purchase them online at:https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Cove-North-Carolina-Contributions/dp/1476686084/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2KG3PFPEHQSOP&keywords=lost%20cove%2C%20north%20carolina&qid=1637011453&qsid=131-1998815-1668712&s=books&sprefix=lost%20cove%2Cstripbooks%2C401&sr=1-3&sres=1476686084%2CB0849YXDRX%2C194518180X%2CB08DZ3N&fbclid=IwAR00-3qsl4ObQcr1kIxgzWY8dnpo989ih5omam2E7hhkLCSjiaD-Bk64h-I