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Magical History Tour

By Jeff Eason (

Article Published: Oct. 3, 2013 | Modified: Oct. 3, 2013
Magical History Tour

The Linville Depot of the East Tennessee/Western North Carolina Railroad.
Photos courtesy Cy Crumley’s Narrow Gauge Scrapbook

“A treasure trove of history.”

That’s what Kyle Grove says he found while researching old documents and photographs for the making of his documentary video, “Just a Stop Along the Way: The Story of Shull’s Mills, North Carolina.”

Much of what Grove discovered pertained to areas outside of Shull’s Mills and consequently did not make it into the final cut of the documentary.

Grove will utilize those discoveries as the basis of his latest project: the first High Country History Tour. The tour will take passengers on a three-and-a-half hour-long journey from Boone to Newland and back with numerous stops along the way. During the ride, passengers will view a large screen video screen showing old photographs, maps and video footage detailing the history of the area.

The tour will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, from Casa Rustica restaurant in Boone. The cost of the tour is $75 per person and includes dinner at Casa Rustica after the tour.

“Basically, everyone meets at Casa Rustica in Boone,” Grove said. “From there, we load up in the 20-passenger private shuttle and embark on a journey that starts in Boone and ends in Newland, all along the way stopping at hidden historical sites in Watauga and Avery counties.”

Grove will serve as host and guide during the tour and will answer questions from the passengers.
“At each secret destination, we will view archival photographs and maps of that particular spot,” Grove said. “I was thinking it would be a fun way to see this year’s fall colors and discover traces of railroads, towns and industry that once defined our mountain culture.”

Grove added that if the initial High Country History Tour is successful, there could be more of them undertaken in the future.

“When I did my research for the Shull’s Mills project, I gained a lot more information and knowledge than I could use in the video,” Grove said. “I’m just trying to give some of that knowledge back to our local history enthusiasts. I thought that a tour like this would be a creative way of sharing that information.”

For more information, or to book your seat on the High Country History Tour, call Kyle Grove at (828) 406-0508 or email (

Additional Images

The Linville Depot of the East Tennessee/Western North Carolina Railroad.
Photos courtesy Cy Crumley’s Narrow Gauge Scrapbook

The Shull’s Mills community, pictured in 1918.

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