North Carolina-Judson NC-February 4

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-February 4

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

You are either from Swain County, NC or really know your North Carolina history if you have ever heard of Judson NC. The reason for little notoriety is that the remains of the town of Judson sit underneath Fontana Lake.

Fontana was built during World War II to provide electric power for the war effort. A new town, housing some 5,000 people who worked around the clock in three shifts, sprang up in the forest, and the project broke construction records.

Image of Judson, NC before it was abandoned and flooded. The town was no more when it was flooded in 1945.


Judson was a small community of approximately 600 people.  Judson had the Tennessee River run through the middle of town. If you look close at picture above you will see a bridge crossing the river.

Judson also had a train station in town. The train ran through Judson 4 times a day; twice to Murphy and twice to Bryson City.  The tracks can be seen on the right bank of the river in the photo above.

High School aged children attended Almond High School which would be located near Almond Boat Dock on the lake.

Almond High School


Almond Boat Dock


In Judson across the bridge on the right was Crisp’s Garage and underneath the garage was a cornmill. On the left was a barber shop, run by N.C. Ashe. The Post Office was between the Barber Shop and, the Railroad. P. L. Crisp had a store across from the Post office.

The area where Judson is located under Fontana Lake can be accessed. with permision, during drawdowns.

Behind the Fontana Lake dam which is the highest dam east of the Rocky Mountains; lies a town that is no more. That may be why you have never heard of Judson, NC



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