North Carolina
The History of Trains and Customs of the Southern Appalachians
Gain a deeper understanding of Appalachia’s railroad legacy as you explore historic railroad depots, witness marvels of engineering and learn and sing the songs of railroad lore.
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Program No. 16093RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

As the high iron tunneled and climbed westward, momentous decisions, scandals and tragedies rolled through Appalachia. Examine the far-reaching ramifications of steam locomotive travel, from innovative engineering feats to the toiling laborers and rich tycoons behind their construction.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Optional walking or hiking on uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Relive the romance of a magnificent bygone era as you ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
  • Narrated visits to the historic Black Mountain, Old Fort and Apple Valley railroad depots reveal the effects of the railroad on the economy and culture of this mountain region.
  • Learn and sing the songs inspired by trains and railroads and screen, and discuss films that have become fixtures of railroad lore.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
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Anne Lough
Anne Lough is a nationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the East and Midwest. She holds a bachelor’s of music education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master’s from Western Carolina University. Anne is particularly respected for her artistic, sensitive style of playing of the Appalachian dulcimer, a unique string instrument. Her music has been featured on a PBS Christmas special and in educational videos.
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