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Welcome to the Digital Watauga Project

The Digital Watauga Project is a collaborative effort between the Watauga County Historical Society and the Watauga County Public Library to preserve and display the High Country's archival memory. To date fifteen collections have been digitized and made available on our website. You can preview those collections below, or click here to browse them.

Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection

Bobby Brendell collected over 400 postcards relating to various attractions in the High Country of North Carolina. He donated this collection to the Watauga County Historical Society shortly before his death in 2015.

Carolina Ave Collection

Adrian Tait of Boone recently donated several letters, photographs, and other ephemera found inside the walls of the house at 164 Carolina Avenue in Boone.

Junaluska Heritage Collection

The Junaluska Heritage Collection consists of photographs spanning the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries depicting life in Boone's historically black community.

Historic Boone Collection

This collection is drawn from the photographs and materials collected by Historic Boone, a historical society which operated from the 1960s until the early 2000s in Boone.

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country Collection

The Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, located on West King Street, was Boone's largest theatre in the middle of the 19th century. Open from 1938 through 2007, the Appalachian offered entertainment to generations of Boone residents. Renovations are currently underway to restore the theatre to its former appearance.

Watauga County Agricultural Extension Aerial Photographs Collection

Aerial photographs from the Watauga Agricultural Extension show Watauga County from above. Aerials were taken in the decades from the 1940s through the 1970s.

Alfred and Daisy Adams Collection

This image of Boone businessmen on a hill overlooking downtown constitutes the first item in the Alfred and Daisy Adams Collection. It offers a great view of the town and of important individuals in the town's hsitory.

Palmer Blair Collection

Palmer Blair was a photographer in Boone in the middle of the 20th century. He photographed nearly every major event in town and his images show life all throughout the county.

Lowery-Whiting Collection

Shulls Mills was a larger town than Boone at the begining of the 20th century. These images depict work and life at the Whiting Lumber Mill.

Anna Large Postcard Collection

Anna Large donated these 17 historic postcards to the Watauga County Historical Society.

Henry Dewolf Aerial Surveys of Watauga County Collection

Henry DeWolf was an aerial photographer active from 1950-1978, taking a large number of low angle aerial images of communities around the US. These are images of his work in Watauga County.

HL & Gladys Coffey Collection

HL and Gladys Coffey were residents from the Meat Camp/Bald Mountain area of Watauga County. These images were primarily taken by HL in the first half of the twentieth century.

Clarence A. Price Home Movies Collection

Clarence A. Price was the caretaker of the Daniel Boone Hotel in downtown Boone during the middle of the 20th century. His home movies have been digitized and are viewable on the Digital Watauga YouTube Channel.

John Waite Stemwinder Collection

John Waite published Stemwinder, a journal about the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad, for many years. Digital Watauga has gained the rights to these three editions of the journal which have articles and pictures relating to Shulls Mills, Boone, and the Linville River Railroad.

Linda H. Miller Collection

Linda Herman Miller was a teacher and Watauga County native. She used these slides to teach her classes about local history and to show the great beauty of this area.