Yesterday to Tomorrow: Sustainability of the Blue Ridge Parkway vs Sustainability of Community


This pathfinder provides information on the shared growth and decline of the Blue Ridge Parkway in relation to the impact on the surrounding communities through which the Blue Ridge Parkway has been established. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes through rural areas and communities throughout Western North Carolina and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The established symbiosis between the Blue Ridge Parkway and the regions defined can be shown to impact both individual and community identity, economic diversity of individual and community, and sustainable growth of both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the surrounding communities.

Information for this pathfinder will utilize primary sources within the Appalachian Collection, but will also utilize resources with an emphasis on available local and regional resources with statistical information from state and national resources.

Introductory Text: 

There are a lot of books and articles written about the Blue Ridge Parkway. They cover many topics such as animals, plants and travel related information. The information provided in this pathfinder relates to economic conditions and tourism in the counties surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway. These documents show that a county economic condition or revenue can be tied the the amount of travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The books listed below provided information on the topics listed above.

McKendry, Jean E.; Novak, Adam J.; Machlis, Gary E. A Socioeconomic Atlas of the Blue Ridge Parkway [Washington, D.C.]: National Park Service, 2003 ASU SPECIAL COLLECTION G1302.B55G1 M35 2003

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell, Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, [Chapel Hill, NC]: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003, William Leonard Eury Appalachian Collection, F 217 .B6 2006 c.2

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 

Highly relevant:

Blue Ridge Mountains - Economics

Blue Ridge Parkway

Southern States





Parkway Construction


Recreation Areas

Social Information and Customs

Library of Congress Call Numbers: 

F 217 .B6 2006 c.2

G 155 U6 S64 2003

G 155 .U6 S66 2005

G 155 U6 F72 2004

G1302.B55G1 M35 2003

HC 107.A127 W48 1981

F106 .E53 2006


Brothers, Gene, Chen Rachel, 1995-1996 Economic Impact of Travel to the Blue Ridge Parkway Virginia and North Carolina, The Coalition for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park Service, NC State University, 1996., ILLIAD, 217 .B6 B76 1996.

Fritsch, Al. Johannsen, Kristin. Ecotourism in Appalachia: Marketing the Mountains, The University Press of Kentucky, 2004, William Leonard Eury Appalachian Collection, Sec. 2, pg. 29, Sec. 4, pg 82, Sec. 8, pg. 134, Sec. 10, 233, G 155 U6 F72.

Whisnant, David; Modernizing The Mountaineer, [Boone, NC]: Pages: 266 – 285. Appalachian Consortium Press, 1980, ASU Special Collection, HC 107.A127 W48 1981

Starnes, Richard D, Creating the Land of the Sky: Tourism and Society in Western North Carolina, pages 121-122, [Tuscaloosa], The University of Alabama Press, 2005, William Leonard Eury, Appalachian Collection, G 155 .U6 S66 2005.

Starnes, Richard D., Southern Journeys, [Tucaloosa], Section 4 (pages 88-113), Section 6 (138-153), The University of Alabama Press, 2003, William Leonard Eury, Appalachian Collection, G 155 U6 S64 2003.

Baxton, Barry, Beatty, Steven, Proceedings of Blue Ridge Parkway Golden Anniversary Conference, [Boone, North Carolina], pages 233 – 244, 1986. Appalachian Consortium Press. F 217. B6 585 1986.

Kaplan, Berton H. 1971. Blue Ridge: An Appalachian Community In Transition. West

Virginia University Bulletin, Series 71, No. 7-2. Morgantown: Office of Research andDevelopment, Appalachian Center, West Virginia University.

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

Abramson, R., Haskill, J., Encyclopedia of Southern Appalachia, 2006, [Knoxville], pages 357, 611-616, 640 – 641, 742, The University of Tennessee Press, William Leonard Eury, Appalachian Collection, F106 .E53 2006, c2.


Images of America: Building the Blue Ridge Parkway Karen J Hall and FRIENDS of the BRP, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0738552873

Appalachian Bibliography. Morgantown, W.VA: West Virginia University Library, 1968,
1972, 1980. ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 A6

Appalachian Outlook. A periodic bibliography. Morgantown, W.VA: West Virginia
University Library, 1964-1991. ASU APP COLL Z1251.A7 A55. (note: Appalachian Outlook is a supplement to the Appalachian Bibliography)

Abstracts and Indices: 

Barrier, Ralph, Mileposts & Milestones, Roanoke Times, June 27, 2010.

Nichelson,S, Parkway brings in 2.2 Billion, Watauga Democrat, April 18, 1997.

Ball, Julie, Parkway at a Crossroads, Asheville Citizen Times, October 11, 2002

Fordney, Chris, Blue Ridge Blues [National Parks] 02768186, Sep/Oct 94, Vol 68, Issue 9/10.

Williams, Howard L., Davis, W. D., Effect of Scenic Easements on the Market Value of Real Property.


Francis, Phil, May, Monika, Blue Ridge Parkway Brings Money and Jobs to the Region,

Small Town Triumphs through Tourism, Technology and Teapots,

Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc, Your Voice Has Made A Difference!,

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina, ASLA Online, American Society of Landscape Architects,

Plan for a Natural Heritage Center at Rocky Knob: Pushing for green jobs on the Blue Ridge Parkway, True Blue Network,

Tourism and Economic Research in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Blue Ridge Parkway National Heritage Area,

Matthew, L., Kask, S., Rotegard, L., Johnson, G., Stewart, S., How Much Do Visitors Value Scenic Quality?, Results from the Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Experience Project,

Compiled by: 

Teri K. Goodman

November 1, 2012