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Picturing The Past: Early Families Earned Income From Agriculture


Last updated 4/29/2019 at 2:40pm

Courtesy photo by Forest Service

The Bearwallow Springs Jelly House in the Sapphire-Whitewater community sold jams, jellies and preserves. They employed kitchen help and purchased produce from local residents. In 1962, they expanded to accommodate the growing business.

During the past three weeks Picturing the Past has looked at the role community clubs have played in Transylvania County since their establishment in the 1950s. This week's focus is on how families in these rural communities earned and supplemented their income.

Traditionally, agriculture was vital to the local economy. Families who lived in the rural areas of the county operated small farms, raising crops and livestock to meet their needs. By the 1950s, rural residents were looking for ways to increase their income and meet the challenges of a changing economy.

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