Guide to the Betty McFarland Papers, 1958-1975, undated

Summary Information

Title: Betty McFarland Papers, 1958-1975, undated
Collection: AC.511
Extent: 1.75 linear feet (1 half-size manuscript box and 1 flat newspaper box)

This collection contains some correspondence from Betty McFarland, black & white photographs, original and copies from books/newspapers with some historic information, and several historic clippings on Boone, North Carolina and area landmarks, buildings, and people.

Creator: McFarland, Betty

Biographical/Historical Note

The photos and articles relate to the early days of the town of Boone, North Carolina, and some of its founders, merchants, and early settlers. The centennial edition of the Watauga Democrat is the origin of some of the photos, but contains much more information on Boone, its first families, and history.

Ms. Betty Ruth Hodges McFarland (1938-2005) was a Watauga County native, daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Marilla Mae Love Hodges of Boone, North Carolina. She was associate professor emerita of English at Appalachian State University, where she served on the faculty for 35 years. She was dedicated to the art of teaching composition and developed instructional materials to help middle school teachers teach writing.

A copy of her obituary is included in the collection control file.

Scope and Contents

Ms. McFarland's collection reveals some historic events and people of the early days of Boone, Watauga County, North Carolina. The copied clippings and the newspaper in the Oversize Box have many historic articles and photographs of some of the families who settled Boone, as well as some infamous facts about its people. Photos of Boone after a flood (possibly the 1916 flood) are evidence of the destruction of Boone, and more recent photos show how its residents recovered and rebuilt Boone. Several photos of old houses are identified on the backs and additional information has been included if available.


The items within folders are arranged chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Ms. Betty McFarland donated her papers to Appalachian State University, date unknown. There was no accession number assigned.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.511: Betty McFarland Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Booklet, 'Tweetsie: The Blue Ridge Steamwinder', by Julian Scheer and Elizabeth McD. Black, 1958 

1 1

Correspondence, of Betty McFarland, 1972-1977 

1 2

Historic Newspaper Articles, about Boone and Watauga County, North Carolina, 1972-1975, undated 

1 3

Boone, North Carolina and Area Landmarks photographs, undated 

1 4

2 boys with yoke of oxen 

Cove Creek High School and old bus in front 

Old school bus with "NC School Commission" on side 

Old train at water station 

Log Cabin 

Covered wagons, Tuesday afternoon parade 

Saw Mill at Shull's Mill 

Watauga Academy, constructed 1890 

W.L. Bryan Home, circa 1895 

Councill Home, Property - English land grant issued 1788 

Valle Crucis Mission - first mission built in 1842 by Bishop Levi S. Ives 

1889 Jail House 

Hardin House: Trailway Farm [2] 

W.C. Coffey Home [2] 

Lovill Home 

Mission School at Valle Crucis 

Old Courthouse, Boone Landmark 

Coffey Store in Downtown Boone, April 1956 by Joe Minor [2] 

Judge L.L. Greene Home, circa 1850 

Courthouse (Boone), constructed in 1904 

Farthing Home 

The Deep Gap 

Shull's Mill Community 

Three Forks Baptist Church 

Daniel Boone Cabin Monument, erected by Colonel W.L. Bryan, October 1912 

Tweetsie on original track 

Gates to Daniel Boone Native Gardens, made by Daniel Boone IV, direct descendant of Daniel [2] 

Boone Scene after flood, showing some early major structures 

Linney Home 


Newspaper, Watauga Democrat Centennial Edition, July 3, 1972 

Box 2