Bethel Writers and Media Contributors

Cheryl Inman Haney

  • Inman Chapel State Historic Marker (Submittal Writer)
  • Inman family history series for the Inman family reunions (Researcher/Writer/Presenter)
  • Legends, Tales & History of Cold Mountain, Books 4-6 (Contributor))(James Hosea Ballou Inman, Reverend Hannah Jewett Powell, Inman’s Chapel)
  • My People: History of a Mountain Family
  • Pigeon Valley (a 1992 collection of Bethel history compiled by Haney’s 8th grade class at Bethel Junior High School)
  • Sunburst Logging Village for the Haywood County Historical & Genealogical Society (Researcher/Presenter)
  • Sunburst Village State Historic Marker (Submittal Writer)
  • Recipient of Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Pigeon Valley Award for Historic Preservation in 2019 for her research, collection, and documentation of Bethel history, including Pigeon Valley, My People: History of a Mountain Family, multiple Inman family oral history projects, two state historical markers, presenter at the 2011 Cold Mountain Heritage Tour, and presenter for the Sunburst and Other Logging Operations in the Bethel & Cold Mountain Region DVD which received the multi-media award from the North Carolina Society of Historians in 2019.

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Vicki Hyatt

  • The Mountaineer (Editor)
  • North Carolina Press Association Awards (2021):
  •   The Mountaineer Editorial Page (First Place)
  •   “Churches Connect in Times of Social Distancing” – Religion and Faith Reporting (Second Place)
  • Hyatt Family History (Family Collection)
  • Sam Queen (History-Unpublished)

Reverend Thomas Erwin

  • Haywood Baptist Association (Historian)
  • Genealogy and History (Researcher and writer of several family genealogies including his own family as well as a collector and writer about Bethel historical data)

Charles O. Frazier

  • History of the Inman Family

George Ivey

  • BRCO’s Rural Preservation Committee (Chair - Responsible for numerous rural preservation grants) (Grant Writer)
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area application for BRCO’s BRNHA Heritage Trail marker (Application Writer)
  • Community Foundation (Chair)
  • A Conservation Plan for the Riparian and Floodplain Corridor of the Upper Pigeon River Valley from Lake Logan to Canton (Writer)
  • Friends of the Smokies (NC Office)
  • Haywood County Land Trust Committee (Chair)
  • Haywood County’s Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinance (Helped to Established)
  • Iceland Review (Contributing Writer)
  • Land of Promise DVD (Grant Writer/Director)
  • Mountain Heritage Award from Western Carolina University (Application Writer)
  • Nature Conservancy Magazine (Contirubting Writer)


William Harrison Hargrove

  • Civil War veteran who served in the Confederate Army for the entirety of the war.
  • After the war he worked as a school teacher, county surveyor, railroad station agent, and farmer.
  • Represented Haywood County in the State Legislature and held the state's highest office in the Sons of Temperance organization.
  • Managed and edited the Canton, N. C. newspaper, Vindicator.
  • Wrote a long-lost Civil War era diary that was recently discovered in the attic of the James Henry and Flora Kinsland Plott Garden Creek House.
  • Smoky Mountain News (Contributing Writer)
  • Up River: A Novel of Attempted Restoration
  • Haywood Waterways Pigeon River Award for Rural Preservation – 2006 and 2011 for his grant writing and land conservation work for BRCO
  • WNC Communities Award for BRCO (Nomination Writer)

Ted Darrell Inman

  • Recipient of Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Pigeon Valley Award for Historic Preservation in 2017 for his affinity for collecting and educating about Bethel history, including as a speaker during several Cold Mountain Heritage Tours and as a presenter for the Walking in the Footsteps of Those Who Came Before Us DVD which received the Paul Green Multi-Media Award in 2012 from the North Carolina Society of Historians.

Charles Ninian Edmonston

  • My Own Edmonstons and a Few Others, 1971

L.D. Griffin

  • Cold Mountain Hunter

Mary Hargrove

  • Piney Grove Church - Seventy Years Ago and Now -1948 (Piney Grove Church and School History)

Betty Jones

  • With her son, James Jones, as Headmaster, and daughter, Joy Jones, as teacher, Betty Jones operated Summit Academy, a boarding school established to teach a curriculum for students with learning disabilities. They utilized Dr. Don Lymon’s Making the Words Stand Still and Dr. Frank Belgau’s Learning Breakthrough Program to improve reading, vision, coordination, learning ability, and learning efficiency in spelling, reading, writing, mathematics, history, and science.
  • Spellbound
  • Learn It

Reverend Kris Estep

  • The Mountaineer newspaper columnist in the "Religion" section of the newspaper

Emily Michal Lenoir Gentry

  • Michal Family Cemetery- A comprehensive listing of every person buried in the Michal Family Cemetery, along with photographs and extensive biological data. Click for a link to the book