Remembering Fontana’s sacrifice

The Proctor Revival Organization is hosting its third annual month long remembrance and celebration of the Proctor, Judson, Bushnell and Japan communities, which were flooded during the creation of Fontana Dam during World War II.

The power generated at Fontana Dam was needed for the nation’s war effort, but also forced 6,000 residents to relocate as the waters rose and flooded their farming villages and Appalachian towns. In remembrance of their sacrifice, the Proctor Revival Organization has planned a number of events.

• Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., people can meet local authors and artists and hear stories told by fascinating mountain folks. Bobbie Jayne Curtis will be performing Gary Carden’s one-woman play “Birdell” at 3 p.m. June 1 on the porch of the Historic Gunter Cabin at Fontana Village Resort. The play is a heartwarming and uplifting story about the life of a mountain family pre-WWII. 

• On May 24 from 6-9 p.m., the Kennesaw State University Swing Dance Association will teach an instructional dance course. Then, the following day from 7–9 p.m. Asheville Gentleman Swing Band will play as people dance. Held at Fontana Village Resort.

• The Fontana Marina will have various historical lake tours and hikes throughout the month.

• There will three educational exhibits on display until June 2 at Fontana Village Resort. The Chestnut Room located at town hall in Fontana will host two WWII exhibits contributed by Kennesaw State University, including “Remembering Ravensbrück: Women and the Holocaust” and “Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II”. The Historic Gunter Cabin will be home to the Plott Hound Exhibit, contributed by the Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. This exhibit tells the story of how North Carolina’s state dog came to be. or 828.498.2150.

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