Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yes, Spring Creek is a real place

Spring Creek is located in Township 8 in Madison County in the Western North Carolina mountains.  The county's northern border is the state of Tennessee.
Spring Creek is a tributary of the French Broad River with a length of approximately 17 miles. (It joins the French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina.)  The French Broad River and Holston River join to form the Tennessee River.  The Tennessee River is the largest tributary of the Ohio River, which is a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Spring Creek, Madison County, North Carolina was formed in 1851 from Yancey and Buncombe Counties.  It was named for James Madison, the fourth President of the United States.
Max Patch is a famous section of the Appalachian Trail.  The mountain was cleared in 1800's and used as pasture for grazing sheep and cattle.

Asheville North Carolina is a 38 mile drive from Spring Creek.  George Washington Vanderbilt built his summer home in Asheville, he named the home Biltmore.  Biltmore is the largest home in America 175,000 square feet!  The house has four acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.  The basement has a swimming pool, gymnasium, bowling alley, servents' quarters and kitchen.  The landscape architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City.  Vanderbilt officially opened his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve. 

And. . . Great Grandmother Sarah Miranda Plemons was born in Spring Creek on December 11, 1855.  She married John Palmer Price.  Five of their nine sons were born in Spring Creek.  They moved from Spring Creek North Carolina to Emert's Cove Tennessee in January 1885.

1 comment:

  1. How very interesting & what beautiful photographs! Thank you for sharing : )