Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Courageous Settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains #northcarolinapioneerscom #ncancestors

The Courageous Settlers of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge ParkwayThose who settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains were a cross-lot of poor people from the Lowlands of the Palatinate along the Rhineland in Germany, persecuted protestants from Switzerland, Austria and Europe, and the Highlanders who suffered English tyranny because of their preference for a Stuart king upon the throne of Scotland. The Germans and Swiss landed in Philadelphia and from there carved a trail along the Wagon Road southward into the Carolinas, cutting westward through the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. The Highlanders escaping imprisonment dropped anchor in North Carolina, settled for a time along the Great Dismal Swamp before finally settling the western mountains of North Carolina. They were poor and sold all that they had to make passage, some indenturing themselves. All, started with nothing save struggle and hardship, yet gave everything. They fought the war for independence and helped to build a free country! Those people. Our Ancestors. 
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