Wakestone Books

The French Broad

In the highly acclaimed, classic volume, originally published in the Rivers of America series, Wilma Dykeman first describes the nation's oldest mountains and the richly varied people: the Cherokee and the pioneer settlers who depended on the river in different ways.  She vividly portrays dramatic events - the Civil War (in this watershed the idea of a brother's war was "bloodily, tragically true"), the great corn-fed hog drives to Charleston, the railroad and timber entrepreneurs - and continues into modern times, with the contrasting imaginations expressed by Thomas Wolfe's boardinghouse and George Vanderbilt's mansion; the high sheriff of Madison County, Jesse James Bailey; the poet Carl Sandburg; and much more.
"Sound, flavorsome Americana."

-- New York Times