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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
699
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
699
Program No. 20141 RJ
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Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
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

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. 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 an internationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the country, in the British Isles, Ireland and Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s in 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 and skill as an instructor and arranger. She has produced many books of dulcimer arrangements and her music can be heard on several recordings.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the country, in the British Isles, Ireland and Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s in 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 and skill as an instructor and arranger. She has produced many books of dulcimer arrangements and her music can be heard on several recordings.
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Tracy has been on the program staff of Montreat Conference Center since 1986. She began working with Elderhostel programs in 1989, and in 1997 assumed the additional role of on-site coordinator. A native of the area, she graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 1981. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, pottery and reading. Tracy married Sam in 2007, and added three daughters to her family. In addition to her own grown children, she and Sam have been foster parents since 2010. They have four grandchildren.
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Righton McCallum is a retired English teacher and research librarian. She has taught the local history and research course at Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville, N.C. Righton authored the folklore chapter of the textbook “North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History” and has also written two books of her own Carolina-inspired poetry, “The Montreat Gate” and “Beside the Lake.” She and her husband have two sons, three granddaughters and an opinionated Welsh Terrier named Ginger.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Scottish Settlers of America: The 17th and 18th Centuries.
by Millett, Stephen M.
Not strictly Southern Appalachians.
Apples on the Flood: The Southern Mountain Experience
by Cunningham, Rodger
academically oriented
various others
by Kennedy, Billy
The Scots-Irish in Pennsylvania and Kentucky (1998); Faith and Freedom: The Scots-Irish In America (1999); Heroes of the Scots-Irish In America (2000); The Making of America: How the Scots-Irish Shaped a Nation (2001); Women of the Frontier (2004); & Our Most Priceless Heritage: The Lasting Legacy of the Scots-Irish in America (2005).
Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
by Allen, Thomas B.
The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy & Human Rights: The History of Liberty and Freedom from the Ancient Celts to the New Millennium.
by Klieforth, Alexander Leslie & Munro, Robert John
Academically oriented, but excellent resource.
Ireland, A Novel
by Delaney, Frank
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.
by Webb, James.
Biography of one family and how it fits into history.
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History
by Leyburn, James
the best of the best!
The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas
by Kennedy, Billy
The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America
by Biggers, Jeff
From Philadelphia To The South, The Great Wagon Road: How Scotch- Irish And Germanics Settled the Uplands.
by Rouse, Parke, Jr.
Good, overall review.





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