In 1980, Clarice Weaver and other volunteers, working on behalf of the Ashe County Historical Society and Ashe Public Library, conducted dozens of interviews with residents of Ashe County who possessed unique cultural and historical knowledge. The original cassette recordings of these interviews sat in storage for decades. However, thanks to hours of work on the part of the Ashe County Historical Society, these tapes have now been digitized and made publicly available. Some of the highlights include
World War One veterans like Dent Pennington and Otis Osborne.
Dora Waddell, who as a young girl became acquainted with Will Banks as he waited for execution in the Jefferson Jail.
Local fiddler and fiddle maker Albert Hash
Gertrude Waddell, born in 1892, who had a deep knowledge of the people and history of the Bina community.
Johnnie Richardson, an invalid who spent over 60 years bedridden in a small isolated house on Cranberry Creek.
Most interviews include an index, allowing listeners to jump around and listen to those things that are of most interest to them. When available, photos and supplementary materials have also been provided. We hope you enjoy this resource. Continue to support the Historical Soceity’s efforts to preserve history by donating or becoming a member.