Bryson City

By Faye

A plane just crashed in the mountainous area of Alarka in Swain County. All eighty eight people on board are presumed dead. Numerous body parts are discovered around the perimeter of the plane.

No, this is not a news flash but the topic of Kathy Reichs’ book Fatal Voyage.

If you are familiar with Bryson City you will recognize many of the places and people mentioned in this excellent book.

Kathy is just one in many that has written about Swain County.

We also have many local authors:

Renea Winchester is a native who just published, In the Garden with Billy. This nonfiction story is about friendship with Billy Albertson a 77-year-old goat farmer.

George Ellison and Elizabeth Ellison form an outstanding team as author and illustrator in several books. One of my favorites is Blue Ridge Nature Notes: Selections from Blue Ridge Nature Journal.

The three volumes of Bryson City Tales by Walter Larimore rarely stay on the shelf at the library. These are stories of his career as a small town doctor in Bryson City.

Swain County also has it share of movies filmed here. The latest one is Road to Nowhere, directed by Monte Hellman. No, it’s not about the controversial road issue. It is a romantic thriller starring  Shannyn Sossamon, and Dominique Swain. You may recognize scenes of the old Swain County jail that was recently demolished, the tunnel, cemeteries and Fontana Lake.

My Fellow Americans, starring James Garner and Jack Lemmon, is an excellent movie to watch. Nantahala Land of the Noonday Sun and Hiking on Hazel Creek are also great movies to watch about the area.

For a complete listing  of these and so many more check out the Swain County Chamber of Commerce page.

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