|Graham County Courthouse|
The picture on the left is the courthouse in Robbinsville, the county seat of Graham County. The county has three stoplights and one high school, Robbinsville High. Graham County was formed in 1872, and was named for William A.Graham, who first served as a U.S. Senator for North Carolina, then as governor, in the 1800s.
|Water and Notes Left on the AT|
|Fontana Lake from Highway|
Here's Fontana Dam! Both George and I were pretty impressed by Fontana Dam, which was built in the 1940s as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the eastern United States, and when it was built, it was (according to Wikipedia!) the fourth largest dam in the world. Part of the Appalachian Trail crosses over Fontana Dam, another cool fact.
We spent some time in the Visitor Center at Fontana Dam, and enjoyed the talk by a volunteer docent who is a retiree of the TVA.
After our time at Fontana Dam, George and I stopped in Fontana Village and shopped at the General Store before having lunch at Wildwood Grill. There are a lot of outdoorsy things one can do in the Fontana Village area, so it seems like the kind of place that would be fun for a family reunion (for families with folks who like the outdoors, anyway!).
My two regrets from this day trip to Graham County were that we didn't get to the end of the Cherohala Skyway in Tellico Plains, TN, and that we didn't take the time to see the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County. It is so hard to do it all!
Other interesting tidbits about Graham County:
* Parts of the movies, "Nell" and "The Fugitive" were filmed in Graham County.
* It's the only dry county in the state of North Carolina.
* Graham County is the birthplace of Ronnie Milsap.
The rest of my pictures from Graham County are here.