North Carolina
The Legacy of the Scots-Irish: Historical Migration to Cultural Inspiration
Learn how the Scots-Irish helped shape our nation as you explore their contributions to Appalachian culture, Civil War history and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
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Program No. 20141RJ
6 days
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From the 18th Century to the present, the saga of Scots-Irish history and culture is one of our nation’s most fascinating stories. Trace the path of the Scots-Irish and discover why many settled in the Southern Appalachian region, where they adapted to conquer adversities, tame the wilderness and became great inventors and explorers. Discover cultural traditions from the old country that found fertile ground in Appalachia, and see how music, story and dance flourished and took on new life in the isolation of mountain life.
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Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Get a new perspective on the music, crafts and history of Southern Appalachia during a field trip to the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center.
  • Delve into the life of Zeb Vance — a Civil War officer, governor of North Carolina and U.S. senator — during an excursion to the Vance Birthplace.
  • Learn about the Scots who were instrumental in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and about the 21 men of Gallic descent who signed it.

General Notes

Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
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Flora MacDonald Gammon
Flora MacDonald grew up in eastern North Carolina and has lived in the western part of the state for more than 45 years. She has performed at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games since her teens, and is now its director of music. She has been elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and is an honorary member of Celtic Women International. Flora is a past member of the Board of Directors of Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official folk festival, and currently serves as one of its Ambassadors.
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