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Cedar Mountain News


September 2, 2019

The Rives Family at their Hideaway Home in Cedar Mountain. (Courtesy photo)

Editor's Note: Last week's scheduled Cedar Mountain News was delayed because of technical issues.

CMFRD Barbecue

The recent BBQ and blood drive was a huge success. Thirty seven pints of blood were donated, which is a record for this year. The BBQ sold out before closing time. It was unfortunate that hungry BBQ lovers left empty handed. I guess we will have to throw another pork butt on the grill next time.

CMFRD Auxiliary Meeting

The auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Cedar Mountain Fire House. Volunteers are needed for the fire department and the auxiliary.

Rise & Shine

Since 1996, when Neighbors in Ministry launched the Rise & Shine year-round after school program, we have been helping economically disadvantaged and racial minority children learn about the fundamental importance of education, about their community and culture, and about themselves. On Monday, Sept. 9, Rise & Shine will have a presentation following the potluck at the Cedar Mountain Community Center. The potluck starts at 6:30 p.m., so all food items need to be on the serving table by 6:15 p.m.

Flea Market

On Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be an annual fundraiser flea market at the community center. Doors will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information and/or to reserve a table or two, email or call Linda at (828) 877-5407. Tables are now being reserved, so if you want a table or two, let me know ASAP. Outside spaces are also still available. Set up inside will be on Friday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Homecoming Past

This past Sunday was Rocky Hill Baptist Church's 144th Homecoming. The church was packed with people, and the Family Life Center next door was packed with food for the covered-dish lunch that followed. Pastor Tony Hemphill, from Edisto, S.C., was guest speaker, and the popular gospel quartet Isaac's Well were the guest musicians. It was a great Homecoming at Rocky Hill.

Rocky Hill's pastor Dr. Leland Holland asks that everyone mark a calendar for next year's Homecoming, which is always held on the fourth Sunday in August.

Upcoming Homecoming

Carr's Hill Baptist Church, just 8 miles toward Brevard from Rocky Hill Church, is having their Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 8, followed by a covered dish lunch. All are welcome. Their Homecoming begins at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Shane Hardesty is pastor of Carr's Hill.

Judy Reese, choir director at Carr's Hill, asks that if you wish to add your musical talent to their Homecoming, call and leave a message for her at the church at (828) 884-9306.

Sherwood Forest Ladies Golf League

Results from Monday are: Irish Low Ball – winning team of Maria Campbell, Nancy Waclawek, Roz Banks and Louise Stroup; Low Net – Sandy Eidson – 22; Low Gross – Peggy Baldwin – 33.

Cedar Mountain History

By Patty Stahl

The following letter was written by Gladys Rives, 15, while spending the summer of 1910 at her family's summer cottage in Cedar Mountain. This home is still occupied each summer by Gladys' family as are two more cottages, all in a row. Many families rode the Swamp Rabbit Railroad, a section of the old Carolina, Knoxville and Western Carolina Railroad line, to the "lower end of the Jones Gap" and then traveled on up the Gap on horseback, wagons, etc.

The Episcopal Church mentioned was Capers Chapel, a summer chapel located across the turnpike road from these homes. The Rocky Hill Baptist Church sanctuary, described as a "large and very up-to-date church," was built in 1896 and was within sight of the summer colony. Services are still held each week in the original sanctuary, but improvements and additions have been made to the outside of the building. The store building, the "place to buy such as you need on a camp," was also located just across the old road and was operated by local families throughout the years. It was demolished in the 1960s. Another store offered supplies near the turnpike bridge at the entrance of Reasonover Road and closer to the Little River waterfalls in Buck Forest. Enjoy this account of summer life in Cedar Mountain as published on the front page of the Edgefield Advertiser.

The Edgefield Advertiser

Aug. 17, 1910

Our Mountain Letter,

Miss Gladys Rives Writes Interesting Letter from Cedar Mountain Edgefield Colony.

Cedar Mountain has been our summer home for the ninth summer and the seventh season in our cottage. It is situated 23 miles from Greenville, S.C., 13 miles from Brevard, N.C., 21 miles from Hendersonville, up the mountain some 1,500 feet higher. We are 3-and-one-half miles from Caesar's Head Hotel and about 300 feet lower, just at the top of the famous Jones Gap. We have mail once each day and telephone connection with Brevard.

We left Edgefield in a buggy and my sister Maude and I said we were going to say we drove a team from Edgefield into North Carolina, and we can say we did. Papa and Mr. Theron Woodward, of Aiken, were in Papa's buggy. We had fine weather all the way and made the trip from Edgefield, S.C. to Cedar Mountain in 33 traveling hours, a distance of 129 miles.

We reached Greenville at 5 p.m. on Saturday, leaving Mama, Ora, Elizabeth and Cousin Lucille Stanley, our crowd that came on the train, and we got there the same time and stopped there with Papa's brother.

Col. Bailey came by for those of us who had come through the country on Sunday afternoon and carried us out seven miles on our journey to his camp at Paris Mountain, where we were most royally entertained. The remainder of our party left Greenville on the 8 a.m. train Monday and joined us at the foot of the mountain and the lower end of Jones Gap, where teams were to take us up the mountain, a distance of 11 miles. Our neighbors had a hot dinner for us on arriving. We have seven of the highest waterfalls in Western North Carolina. The day after we arrived the young folks of the colony were waiting on us to go on a three-days camp at High Falls. There were 19 in the party and two large tents. There are from two to five camping parties that stop here each day and this being just at the top of Jones Gap, the only way to cross over the mountain from South Carolina side, makes this quite a resting spot and camp grounds. It is a central place to all the sights and falls and a place to buy such as you need on a camp.

Col. Bailey and family stopped on his way to Connestee Falls, his old campgrounds seven miles away, and spent the night some 10 days ago with us.

Rev. R.G. Shannonhouse of Edgefield came over from Saluda, N.C., in his buggy, a distance of 22 miles and spent several days with us. Papa took him to the three big falls on Little River and he imagined they were Niagara Falls.

Mr. Shannonhouse preached in the Episcopal Church here Sunday and it was full. The Baptist Church here is a large and very up-to-date church for such a small town as we have. This section is about 95 percent Baptist and only one Democrat in this voting precinct.

Quite a crowd of us young folks walked over to Caesar's Head Hotel last Saturday. They had 152 guests and were looking for 45 that night.

Some years we do not see a rattlesnake and some years they are quite common. This year you can buy a large one live with as high as 21 rattles and a button for $1.50 or a large dead one for 50 cents. You can get from $10 to $15 dollars for a nice rattlesnake skin tanned to make fancy pocket books and belts of.

Old Mr. Dunn, the mail carrier from here to Caesar's Head Hotel, that travels on foot, in three years only missed about three times and he is just 70 years old now. We have no apples, peaches or chestnuts on top of the mountain this year as the frost on June 2, 1910, killed them, but halfway down the mountains and in the valleys they are fine. Papa has just come back from a trip and he says the corn crop is splendid, but the cabbage crop is almost a failure. Miss Sophie Tillman of Trenton is here visiting Miss Ella Croft of the Aiken colony. All the summer cottages are now filled by their owners and their friends. We are sorry Papa's vacation is over. He will leave us in the next few days for Edgefield.

For the last week the thermometer at breakfast has been 54. A little later in August it will get as low as 42. Cedar Mountain is composed principally of the Aiken and Greenville colony.

Gladys Rives

Cedar Mountain, N.C.

Around The House

I was finally able to mount a shelf in my shed all by myself Monday. There were several dropped screws and probably some slightly inappropriate mutterings, but I managed. The gardening items on my porch are slowly finding new homes in the shed. I still have to put up some hangers for rakes and shovels. When all is done the painting begins. Whew!

Thank you for reading The Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions are encouraged and welcome. We'd love to hear what's going on, if you would like to share. Email your news and any questions to by Monday evening.


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