“We had relatives and neighbors who had moved away come back to celebrate Christmas with us. There was lots of people who went to Texas about eighty, ninety years ago. They bought land there, got land cheap. They got into wheat farming and raising cattle, and they made money; they done well. Then they’d come back here about every Christmas, you know. They’d get a round-trip ticket on the train back then for about fifteen or twenty dollars. Then after Christmas, they’d go back home. The train came to Murphy [North Carolina] back as far as I can remember.”
—Bass and Lucy Hyatt – “A Foxfire Christmas”
The train no longer comes to Murphy, but Bass Hyatt still lives down the road from me in Brasstown.
Last night’s video: Mountain Path 18.