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By James Lewis
for The Transylvania Times 

Searching For The DAR Memorial Forest – Brevard NC

 

Railroad logging, left behind landscapes similar to the one shown in the photo . The debris left by loggers was prone to fire. The land where DAR dedicated its forest also suffered from fire. Both photos were taken somewhere in Haywood County about 20 years before the DAR plantings. (Courtesy photos)

"How could we lose this forest?"

It's a historical mystery we'd been working on since July 2, when Molly Tartt, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in western North Carolina, asked me that quetion in an email.

Indeed, how does a 50-acre forest vanish from maps and memory?

Until recently, no one knew where the forest was, and few had heard of the DAR Memorial Forest.

It seems more legend than fact at this point.

Tartt had been searching for some time for information on the forest and turned to the Forest History Society for help, fittingly, right before Indepen...



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