North Carolina-Madison County-July 16

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-July 16

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. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Located deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina lies Madison County. The county was formed in 1851 from parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County and it consist of mainly rugged mountains and forest. The county is one of the least populated in the state and in fact its 1900 census numbers were 20,644 and the 2010 census had the population at 20,764. In a 110 years the county has seen virtually no growth.

Map below depicts Madison County outlined in red.


Madison County largest town is Mars Hill home of Mars Hill University (changed its name from Mars Hill College in 2013) but the county seat is Marshall.  The college and town are located about 15 miles north of Asheville. It was founded in 1856 and it is the oldest college in Western NC.

Aerial photo of part of Mars Hill’s campus.



The county is also home to Hot Springs which is a popular spot for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Hot Springs is also a tourist attraction located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River.

Photo below is of Hot Springs, NC




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