Historic Photographs

These photographs were donated to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area by Paul Allen. Dating from the mid 1940's, these photographs are of Western North Carolina destinations such as Mount Mitchell State Park, Grandfather Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Also included are several shots from Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Camping near Mount Mitchell

 

 Cabins near Mount Mitchell

 

 A fantastic view

 

 Bear Rock near Grandfather Mountain

 

 Country ham and chicken dinner near Mount Mitchell

 

 Double tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 Grave of Dr. Elisha Mitchell

 

 Home of the warden and weather man on Mount Mitchell

 

 Large flat rock near Grandfather Mountain

 

 Looking into tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 On the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mount Mitchell

 

 Chuggin' along the road

 

 Only two miles to go

 

 The Blowing Rock

 

 Tight switch backs on the way to Mount Mitchell

 

 View of Grandfather Mountain

 

 View near Mount Mitchell

 

 View of Western North Carolina from the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 Admiring the view at the Blowing Rock

 

 The Black Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 The Black Mountains

 

 The Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

 

 Enjoying the sunset at the Blowing Rock

 

 Which "grandfather" is the sign refering to?

 

 Rail fence along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

 

 Stone tower atop Mount Mitchell

 

 Sunset at the Blowing Rock

 

 Sunset behind Granfather Mountain

 

 View of Virginia from the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 Route through the mountains

A still near Bottomless Pools

Carving posts near Dry Falls

Cascades near Dry Falls

Chimney Rock as seen from below

Chimney Rock

Cliff at Chimney Rock

Entrance house at the Blowing Rock

Waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flood damage near Boone, NC

Gazebo near Chimney Rock

Last climb to the top at Chimney Rock

Looking down from the Chimney Top

Loop on Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pools near Dry Falls

Sign at Chimney Rock

Small falls near Dry Falls

Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Devil's Head at Chimney Rock

The Opera Box at Chimney Rock

The top of the Chimney

Tunnel entering Asheville from the east

Twin peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

View looking east from Mount Mitchell

View looking north from Mount Mitchell

View looking south from Mount Mitchell

View of Lake Lure from Chimney Rock

Andrew's Geyser

Another shot of Andrew's Geyser

Looks like a nice place for a meal

Cabins near Asheville, NC

Clingman's Dome, elevation 6643 ft.

Looking South from Clingman's Dome

Looking toward Asheville from Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains Nationa Park

Near Black Mountain, NC

Picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Unique cabins in Cherokee, NC

View from an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

View of the winding Blue Ridge Parkway

Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park