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Vance, Ron D.


Ron D. Vance and Barbara H. Wickersham worked as co-principal investigators on the project entitled “History of the Highlands of Roan According to the People who Lived It.” The project was funded through a University of Tennessee grant and was focused on gathering oral histories from people living within the Highlands of Roan, located in Carter County, Tenn. and Avery County and Mitchell County, N. C..

The Highlands of Roan include Roan Mountain, a range that extends for more than twelve miles along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, connecting the Blue Ridge and Unaka Mountains. Carter County, Tenn., settled in the late 1760’s, was home to the first permanent settlement outside the original 13 colonies, the Watauga Settlement at Sycamore Shoals. Mitchell County, N. C., formed at the start of the Civil War, included most of present-day Avery County, N. C., until 1911 when Avery County was formed. Avery County was named for Colonel Washington Avery, a soldier of the American Revolution and a state attorney general.

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Ron D. Vance and Barbara H. Wickersham Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-621
Scope and Contents The Ron D. Vance and Barbara H. Wickersham Collection contains oral history tapes, transcripts, and subject files relating to the “History of the Highlands According to the People Who Lived It,” an oral history project funded by the University of Tennessee. The collection also includes photographs of interviewees as well as a Fox and Geese game board with marbles. The collection documents the history and culture of the Highlands of Roan in East Tennessee and western North Carolina.
Dates: 1889-2001