Guide to the Pearl Beasley Papers, 1950-1970, undated

Summary Information

Title: Pearl Beasley Papers, 1950-1970, undated
Collection: AC.512
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This is a small collection of correspondence and newspaper clippings about Mrs. Pearl Beasley.

Creator: Beasley, Pearl

Biographical/Historical Note

Pearl & businessman husband John W. Beasley purchased Pilot Mountain in an auction in March 1944 for $14,500 from the W.L. Spoon estate. In 1950, they opened a swimming pool and dance pavilion there, and many visitors visited and picnicked on the knob yearly.

In the early 1960's, a group of local people raised money to match federal grants to purchase the mountain, and the knob's owner, Pearl Beasley, agreed to sell it for $682,500. In 1968 the state of North Carolina purchased Pilot Mountain and developed the 14th state park. Under the state's ownership, the park has grown by the addition of 1,400 acres in 1970, giving the park a total of 3,651 acres. Pilot Mountain is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the state of North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a history-filled letter to Mr. Beasley from Mrs. Viola S. Card in 1950, a couple of story stories written by Mrs. Beasley, and newspaper clippings dating 1966-1970 about Mrs. Beasley and Pilot Mountain.


The items are arranged chronologically in one folder.

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

Its donor and time of acquisition are unknown. Accession number AC.2000.034

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.512: Pearl Beasley Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1950-1970, undated ACSC_Box 15.10