Two Octobers ago, my husband and I took a road trip that went something like this: Norman -> Pensacola, FL ->Asheville, NC -> Crossville, Cookeville, & Nashville, TN -> Norman. Of course we made many stops along the way – one of them being to Marion, NC to visit the HISTORIC CARSON HOUSE. I know that “Carson” is not exactly a rare last name, but in this case, the reason we visited this old home is because it was built by my husband’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, John Hazzard Carson, in 1793. Pretty cool, eh? We were given a wonderful extensive tour of the home and access to the family tree to help get a grasp on the lineage.
Fast forward to the first of February this year, and I see an email from WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MAGAZINE asking to use a couple of my Carson House photos seen on my FLICKR for their March/April issue! I have never been published, so it was sort of crazy to me that the first opportunity that arises comes from an important personal experience.
The exterior shot was taken just beyond the entrance from the main road. The interior shot is of the first room built in the home, which actually served as McDowell County’s first courthouse. If you’d like to read more about the history of the property, visit the Historic Carson House WEBSITE.