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    Otto Wood, “Robin Hood of the Blue Ridge”


    After the regular meeting of the historical society at 5:30 pm on Monday, October 13th we will have a program starting at 6:30 pm.  Herb Key, Wilkes County luthier and musician and leader of the Elkville String Band, and Trevor McKenzie, one of the librarians at ASU will present a program about Otto Wood.  Mr. Wood was an outlaw, literally declared so, from back in the teens, twenties, and until Dec. 31, 1930 when he was gunned down on the streets of Salisbury.  These fellows have many materials to show and can perform three different songs written and recorded rather soon after Otto Wood’s death.  This is an amazing story.  We invite everyone to attend this presentation.


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  • In The Works


    We are currently working on several publishing projects:

    1. The update of the Ashe County Cemetery Records book published in 1999. This will include new information on cemeteries not listed in the original, as well as additions, corrections, and updates covering 1999-2009.

    2. A compilation of the Mountaineer Heritage books originally by the students of Northwest Ashe High School from 1970’s-1990’s. This will be a multiple volume set with complete indexes.

    3. The architectural survey of Ashe County done in 2006 featuring 600+ architecturally significant homes in Ashe County.

    4. The fourth in our Arcadia “Images” series focusing on the town of West Jefferson, its founding, businesses, services, events, importance, legacy, and people.

    Anyone interested in helping with any of these projects contact us online, by phone, or come to one of our monthly meetings!