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Harley E. Jolley

Dr. Harley E. Jolley, also known as “Mr. Blue Ridge Parkway,” is a retired distinguished professor of history at Mars Hill College where he taught from 1949 through his retirement in 1991. Dr. Jolley and his wife, Betty, were the backbone of the Mars Hill history department for more than forty years. He volunteered as a ranger and historian for National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was a recipient of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He authored many books and articles including, The Blue Ridge Parkway: The First 50 Years, That Magnificent Army of Youth and Peace: The Civilian Conservation Corps in North Carolina, 1933-1942, and Along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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