The curious folktale of Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Apparently, most people born in North Carolina have visited Blowing Rock at one time or another in their lives. The town of Blowing Rock, is named for “The Blowing Rock”, an outcropping of rock studded with crystals that hangs over a deep valley in the Appalachian Mountains. In any case, along with Tweetsie Railroad and the “mile high swinging bridge” at nearby Grandfather Mountain, it is a popular destination for anyone that visits the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, few people know the story behind Blowing Rock. As a child, my…

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#TodayInHistory – August 19

August 19 – Some important events on this day. 43 BC 👉🏼 Octavian, later known as Augustus, compels the Roman Senate to elect him Consul 1274 👉🏼 Edward I is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey after returning from the Ninth Crusade 1692 👉🏼 Five more people hanged for witchcraft (20 in all) in Salem, Massachusetts. Perhaps the most notorious case of mass hysteria in colonial America, the Salem witch trials saw around 200 people accused of witchcraft, with 19 found guilty and executed. Another man was crushed to…

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