A talk by archivist emeritus Ran Shaffner about George Masa's life and works, with special focus on nearly 100 photographs he took in and around Highlands, N.C., in 1929, now on display at the Highlands Historical Society. Filmed by Kevin FitzPatrick, All Species Photography.
Whiteside Mountain, the highest cliffs east of the Rockies, are here seen from Whiteside Cove in 1929.
This Model-T Ford struggles to ascend the muddy road from Wahalla, Ga., to Highlands at Sassafras Gap, five miles south of Satulah Mountain, in 1927. The car is from Mountain Rest , bearing license plate A18940.
Known as the world's smallest post office (6 feet by 5 1/2 feet), this P.O. is certainly the smallest in the U.S. It was established by Thomas and Helena Grimshawe in 1878 in Whiteside Cove. Masa's photo shows postmaster W. C. Alexander handing Judge W. C. Bennett a letter in 1925.
The Richardson hemlock had reached 19 feet 6 inches in circumference by September, 1943. Henry Wright stands to the side of this photo in 1929. The tree stood in "Richardson Woods," which belonged to Henry H. Richardson of Brookline, Mass., who had bought almost 300 acres of primeval forest north of Bear Pen Mountain in the late 1910s and agreed to hold it until a club, formed by Thomas Harbison, could meet his price of almost $20 per acre. Unfortunately it never materialized, and the primeval forest is no more.
The Sea of Views from the south face of Satulah Mountain, elevation 4,543 ft., overlooks north Georgia. Photo taken in 1929.
Dry Falls was also known as Cullasaja Falls, i.e., Upper Cullasaja Falls. Here people can walk under the Cullasaja River and remain basically dry. Photo in 1929.
Photographer George Masa took this photo of Bridal Veil Falls in 1929, after the building of the Cullasaja Gorge road from Highlands to Franklin in 1927-28. The road to Highlands ran under the waterfall.