Our mission is to preserve the legacy of our pioneer ancestors and experience how they lived. 
Who Were the Pioneers Who Settled This Region? 
Dear History Buffs,

On Sunday, August 5 at 3 PM , Dr. Lloyd Bailey will join us again to present a historical lecture in our series about long-forgotten aspects of rural life in the Toe River Valley. 

Have you ever wondered how long humans have been here in the Toe River Valley, and from where they came? Would you believe at least 10,000 years and from Siberia? Would you like to see a local relic that proves this? Do you know that each of you likely has in your pocket an item that gets its name from a people who came here — and left —  some 500 years ago?  

What does the name “Bolens Creek” likely tell you about another people who were once here? Do you know how the term “hillbilly” came about? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with billy goats! 

 This lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the Earl and Betty Banks Young Center at the Young HomePlace.

Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 8, when Dr. Bailey will present a lecture at the YoungHomePlace entitled  Why did Pioneers Come to the New World and Particularly the Toe River? You’ll learn about ecological reasons, inheritance problems, indentured servitude, banishment, religious toleration and more.

Call us if you have questions: 828.536.0337

Special thanks to Jim Young for the photo of Dr. Bailey.
Dr. Lloyd Bailey of Durham, North Carolina, is widely recognized as an authority on the history and genealogy of the Toe River Valley.

He was born in Yancey County in 1936. Now retired, he taught for twenty-eight years in the Divinity School of Duke University, a semester at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was named Distinguished Barrow Professor of religion at Mount Olive College and Professor of Religion at Methodist University.   He is a member of the Strawbridge and Martha Wilson Young Foundation Board.

In his academic field, he has published twenty books and more than 100 articles in periodicals, dictionaries and encyclopedias.  He has appeared in television documentaries by The History Channel, A&E, and The Discovery Channel. 
Annual Young Family Gathering

The third annual gathering of the descendants of Josiah and Frances Ray Young, will be on  Saturday, September 1, beginning at 10 AM.

Bring a chair and a dish to share. Make plans to attend, meet relatives and friends, and learn about plans for creating the Center for Pioneer Life.
Remember: We now have an Air B&B you can rent
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