The project, spearheaded by the Folk Heritage Association of Macon County, will include a marked historical trail as well as art, events, publications and other media, with the first phase of the trail to be installed later this year. The trail will include women from all levels of society throughout the area’s history.
Sculptor Wesley Wofford, of Cashiers, has been engaged to develop a design maquette for an initial sculpture, which will tell the story of three women — Cherokee, black and white — who are representative of the early settlement period. Fundraising efforts for the piece are underway.
“The Women’s History Trail is a unique and groundbreaking way to preserve and share our heritage,” said Anne Hyder, chairman. “Its emphasis on public art has the power to transform our communities. We are excited to be its sponsor.”
The Women’s Heritage Trail held its first event last April, a dramatic portrayal of the lives of nine women buried in the cemetery of First United Methodist Church. This is the second year the project has received funding from the McRae endowment, a fund of the N.C. Community Foundation established in memory of noted figurative artist Jim McRae, who lived in Franklin.