A gnarled bit of prior life arches and seems to point to the mountains as the way to go. Shot on a cold, wet, foggy morning near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When the Caudill family first settled in Basin Cove in the late nineteenth century, the landscape looked very different than it does today. According to one long-time resident of the area interviewed in 1975, Basin Cove “was a beautiful place back years ago…. [There were] big fields, flat. In there, at that little cabin you can see is what you call a wheat field, was eighteen acres and you could drive a car all over the top of it…at the foot of the mountain there, they was around seventy-five acres, just the prettiest bottom land you ever seen.” The people of Basin Cove raised wheat, corn, potatoes, beans, and other vegetables on their farms, both to feed themselves and to sell in nearby Wilkesboro, Mt. Airy, or Winston. If they needed items they could not produce for themselves, they traveled to nearby Abshers, where a post office and general store were located.