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Last updated 3/24/2021 at 5:13pm

100 Years of Community Gathering

The Dunn’s Rock Community Center building, which was constructed as the Connestee School in 1921, will turn 100 this year. To commemorate that important date, there will be a grand celebration on Saturday, Sept. 25. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.

A search of the Digital NC website, which archives issues of state papers, turned up these articles dealing with our building’s history. One interesting fact is that Connestee School replaced the previous community school, which had been called Island Ford School.

March 11, 1921 - Brevard News: Island Ford School Closes With Picnic

The Island Ford School, taught by Miss Mary Sledge and Miss Louise Erwin, closed last Friday with a picnic on the new school grounds. General satisfaction has been given by the teachers in the six-month session, and the community is looking forward to another year of progressive work in the new building, which is to be finished by July 1. C.C. Kilpatrick has the contract for erecting a two-room building near Connestee Methodist Church, at a cost of $3,000. The foundation has been laid.

July 29, 1921, Brevard News:

Connestee School To Open

The Connestee School, heretofore known as the Island Ford School, will open for the next semester next Monday in the new building near Connestee Church. The teachers are S.P. Verner, principal, Miss Bessie Bracken, assistant. A gathering of patrons is expected on that day to celebrate the opening of the new schoolhouse.

Preparing For The Celebration

The Dunn’s Rock Community Center board invites community members to join them in sprucing up the centennial building this Friday and Saturday.

Bring gardening gloves, work gloves and dish gloves for the various tasks the board has planned, everything from trimming bushes to spreading mulch, deep cleaning the kitchen to painting the doors. There’s something for everyone, and it goes more quickly and is more fun with more folks involved. Work will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, March 26, and at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 27.

More Dunn’s Rock AT Hikers

Driker, the Dunn’s Rock hiker, is being joined on the Appalachian Trail (AT) this week by two neighbors, Clyde Carter and Jayne Fought. Known by the trail names, Action and Adventure, the couple have jumped on the trail in Daleville, Va., over 200 miles North of where Driker is Hiking in southwest Virginia.

This winter Action and Adventure hiked 200 miles of the AT southbound from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies to Amicalola Falls State Park, Ga., where the AT Approach Trail is located.

Their plan is to hike northward to the AT’s terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Then they will “flip-flop” and hike from Daleville home to Brevard. For those familiar with the AT, that might seem to be an impossible feat, given that the closest the AT comes to Brevard is where it passes by Hot Springs, N.C.

Action and Adventure will walk home by connecting with the Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail at Clingman’s Dome. That will lead them to the Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest, which ends on the Eastatoe Trail, and connects them with the Brevard Greenway and home. Their trek can be followed on the Facebook Page, “Action and Adventure on the Appalachian Trail.”

As of last week’s column, Driker and his tramily (trail family) of Rev and Random had made it into the Roan Mountain area on the N.C./Tennessee state line. This week the guys had the good fortune of staying with Rev’s mother, who lives in Castlewood, Va. Neda Jenkins has been helping the guys slackpack portions of the AT around Abingdon, Va.

Slackpacking allows hikers to carry lighter packs, because they’re being transported to and from the trail and not spending the night on it. During their trail adventures this week, they’ve faced heavy rain and lightning on Whitetop Mountain, pet trailside ponies in Grayson Highlands State Park, and ascended the tallest mountain in Virginia, Mount Rogers.

Even though the guys have been putting in lots of miles, Hiking up and over tall mountains, the lavish dinners Jenkins has been providing in the evenings has caused Driker to gain weight. This is a rare occurrence in the life of an AT thru-hiker.

This week the three hikers will hike out of the range of Jenkins’ overflowing dinner table and will resume their camp meals in the forest.

Community Center News

To inquire about renting the community center, contact Hannah Small at (828) 577-9540 or email her at [email protected] Let me know your Dunn’s Rock news or story ideas at [email protected]


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