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Blowing Rock Historical Society records

Identifier: AC-210

Scope and Contents

The Blowing Rock Historical Society's oral histories illustrate the cultural wealth found in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Located in southwestern Watauga County and north Caldwell County, Blowing Rock was chartered and incorporated on 11 March 1889. Prior to incorporation, Fort Rollins, a Civil War outpost, was located there. The Bolick, Coffey, Estes, Greene, Hayes, and Storie families first settled Blowing Rock in mid-1800s. Blowing Rock has been a resort town since the 1880s with several hotels opening such Watauga Hotel (1884), the Green Park Hotel (1891), the Blowing Rock Hotel (1899), and Mayview Manor (1922). Wealthy industrialists, such as Moses Cone, built grand second home estates in Blowing Rock's surrounding areas. By the 1950s, Blowing Rock developed an artist community as well.


  • 1985-2012

Historical Note

The Blowing Rock Historical Society is a member-based organization with the goal to protect and preserve the historic heritage of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Chartered in 1985, the organization is a non-profit [501 (c)(3)] agency that meets five or six times a year, and hosts various events each year. It operates the Blowing Rock Museum, leads educational events, conducts regular oral history interviews of Blowing Rock residents, and publishes a quarterly newsletter.


4.25 Linear Feet (1 half-sized manuscript box, 4 audiocasette boxes, 2 CD boxes)

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Blowing Rock Historical Society Records consist of interviews of residents of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The Blowing Rock Historical Society regularly conducts oral history interviews with Blowing Rock citizens. Subjects vary, but include growing up during the 1940s through 1970s, architecture, various church histories, bohemian culture, businesses, and family histories.


This collection is organized into three series by format: Series 1: Documents; Series 2: Audiocassettes; and Series 3: User Copies.

Acquisitions Information

Jeff Norris of the Blowing Rock Historical Society donated this collection in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012. The 2012 addition was accessioned as AC.2012.071. It was opened to the public in March 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, March 2007; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, March 2007, revised 2008; Updated in 2012 and 2013 by Anita Elliott. Minor revisions made in 2014 by Cynthia Harbeson.
Blowing Rock Historical Society Records
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

218 College Street
Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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