Posted in the West Jefferson Forum
#1 Dec 3, 2010
I left the mountain in 2004 due to my company closing. Who owned the company you ask? An outsider. An outsider who is still enjoying my mountain at will.
My people settled that mountain from Ashe to Watauga, to Caldwell before the Revolutionary war. Most of the descendants left to find work in the Piedmont but I returned and made a decent life, owned a home, and employed people at a decent wage.
I am gone now too and what is left? Outsiders. People who build roads where only goats should go. Outsiders. People who promise to provide work but won't pay enough for the mountain people to afford homes. Outsiders. People that run up the cost of everything but the wages.
I would love to come home, but there is no work. We were recently duped into applying for a job in West Jefferson. A job that was probably already filled by an outsider. The lady at the Employment Security Commission was nice until I called about the job being removed. Then she was very curt and short. I assume they needed my cousins application in order to close the job. A numbers game. She would have probably had to turn it down if it had been offered.(we make a lot more money here)
Well we won't be spending any of it there on our next trip home. Last year we rented a cabin at Laurel Springs. We thought it was locally owned. Surprise ... you guess ... outsiders. It was nasty and we had to spend a whole day cleaning it before we could bring Mama up. Dirty outsiders.
#2 Dec 3, 2010
Cabins on Laurel Creek. Pine cabin at Glendale Springs. That was the name of the dirty awful place we rented at 135 a night. Oh God my memory is coming back. I came down to photograph the Blue Ridge but ended up photographing the mold on top of the fridge and the whole nasty place. A whole day cleaning to make it habitable. We wrote the absentee owners about the problems associated with our rental to no avail. The ad says "enjoy the fireplace" but ours had no propane. The breakers kept tripping when we ran the baseboard heat. The experience turned our ideal homecoming into a real nightmare. Their website has rave reviews. They have either cleaned up their act or people can't see filth. We were disappointed and I hope no one else has such an experience. That's what happens when outsiders take over the mountain.
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