In addition to recording hundreds of reels of music, Jack Guy preserved his community’s history in other media. His collection included letters, publications, films, and over 800 photographs spanning several generations — a remarkable visual archive of Appalachian culture.
Many of the people and places in these pictures are unidentified. Can you help us? Please feel free to add identifications in the comments in these Flickr albums; or email us. If you appear in an image and have privacy concerns, or wish for your photo not to appear publicly, please contact us right away.
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Album: late 19th and early 20th centuries
Images of mostly unidentified people and places, believed to be mostly in the area between Beech Mountain, North Carolina, and Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Images of mostly unidentified people and places, many in and around Beech Mountain
The largest photo collection, containing many images of Jack Guy’s store and events held there; musicians including Tab Ward, Buna Hicks, Stanley Hicks, and many others; scenes from the Daniel Boone Wagon Train; and home and family scenes around Beech Mountain.
Snapshots of handmade wooden toys by Beech Mountain-area craftspeople