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Get on the ‘Appalachian Mural Trail’

With the help of the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, the Appalachian Mural Trail Group began accomplishing its vision on Dec. 1.

Located in Jackson County, the Appalachian Mural Trail Group plans to place and locate historical outdoor murals celebrating Appalachian heritage within driving distance of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

“Murals created by artists living in the towns and communities, telling the stories of mountain heritage with feeling, makes this an exciting project designed to interpret mountain heritage,” said Doreyl Ammons Cain, project director. 

In the beginning the project was titled “The Majesty of Mountain Heritage” and a large mural was created and displayed throughout the far western counties. Since then other murals have gradually developed, “On Hallowed Ground” in Dillsboro, “Cakewalks” in the Jackson County Library, the history of Cumberland Gap at their National Park Visitor’s Center and “Golden Threads” musical heritage mural at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville.

Communities near the Blue Ridge Parkway are invited to apply to be on the Appalachian Mural Trail by contacting Doreyl Ammons Cain at 828.293.2239 or visiting www.muraltrail.com where an application is available.

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