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Cultural Resources

When asked about what makes the region special, many people will point to the mountain peaks, the trout streams and the stunning views. While the natural assets are unparalleled, it is also the traditions—the culture of the people—that set this region apart. For generations the mountains isolated residents of the five counties from other communities. However, from this isolation grew a resilient and self-sufficient spirit, a unique and thriving culture.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Cultural Resources Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

Barn Quilt Loop Trail Marker at the Spring Creek Community Center in Madison County | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

BE3.2: Develop a brand for the region’s arts, cultural, and heritage resources. Read more »
RC6.4: Develop a regional wayfinding system to the region’s cultural and historic assets. Read more »
RC4.2: Maintain rural character by preserving contiguous landscapes. Read more »
EA1.2: Create an on-line tool that provides recommendations and strategies developed through the GroWNC process to a broad audience. Read more »
RC6.3: Develop programs and materials about the arts, cultural and natural resources, and history of the region to gain an appreciation of its unique assets. Read more »