North Carolina

The Women of Appalachia: Traditions, Stories and Song

Bask in the mountains of western North Carolina and learn about the history of women in Appalachia, from the Cherokee to the early Scottish settlers.
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Program No. 22829RSBLOG
6 days
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At a Glance

Delve into the fascinating lives and history of women who made their mark on the culture of Appalachia as you explore three enriching topics in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With experts, explore the culture of the Cherokee and learn about their matriarchal and matrilineal customs. Consider the legacies of Appalachian women in history and learn about the influence of early Scottish settlers. Enjoy performances with storytellers and musicians, and venture to Franklin, where adventures take you to historic museums and significant Cherokee sites.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the intriguing history and culture of Appalachia from the women’s point of view.
  • Discover cultural museums and significant Cherokee sites on a field trip to historic Franklin.
  • Delight in a week of stories and songs that illuminate the influence of Scottish women, from the Jacobite rising to the Industrial Revolution.

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.
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Lee Knight
Raised in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Lee is a folk singer, story teller and outdoor leader, performing at concerts, workshops, festivals and schools. He shares his knowledge of the natural world leading hikes, canoe trips and guiding whitewater rafts. Lee has collected and shares Cherokee legends and plays the Cherokee flute and rattle, as well as the Native American drum. He also plays the five-string banjo, guitars and the Appalachian dulcimer.

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

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