The Popular Culture of Madison County, North Carolina
If your visit to Madison County inspired you to learn more, there are many ways to get a view of the county and its culture. Or, if you want to do some “research” before you travel to spend some time, your visit will be enhanced by the perspectives provided. You can get a literary view by reading books about the county or by authors who live in Madison County, a musical view by listening to music recorded by local musicians who grew up listening to generations of traditional musicians or a “Hollywood” view by watching movies that were partially filmed here.
The beautiful mountain setting and the people of Madison County are an inspiration to authors who have grown up here, are descendants of residents, or those who are just fascinated by the rich history and culture. Fictional stories range from a mystery series to those based on historical events–colonial times, the Civil War, World War I. The non-fiction has that rich history to research and create fascinating reads on all of those topics. Beyond the events, Madison County has stories to be told about Mars Hill College, the Dorland-Bell School in Hot Springs, and the traditional music culture just to name a few. Beyond stories told with words, there are books about the county from photojournalists who tell such history and culture with pictures.