A Mountain Adventure

By Barbara Hallowell


272 pp., 6 x 9, 23 drawings, 1 maps, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3656-6
    Published: January 1986

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The North Carolina Mountains—Boone, Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock—was a whole new Appalachian world opening before the eyes of Barbara Hallowell and her husband, Tom, when they decided to leave hot Sarasota, Florida, summers for the cool of the mountains in 1980. Cabin: A Mountain Adventure chronicles the Hallowell family’s time in the Western North Carolina Mountains and the effect that it would always have on their lives.

About the Author

Barbara Hallowell was born on Oct. 13, 1924, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. She attended Swarthmore College from 1942 until 1946, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Hallowell went on to teach biology at a number of private schools in southeastern Pennsylvania until the birth of her children. Speaking of her many achievements, Hallowell has stated, “I am most proud of my children and their accomplishments.” Her eagerness to share her experiences led to the writing of Cabin: A Mountain Adventure, as well as Fern Finder: A Guide to Native Ferns of Central and Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada with her daughter, Anne Reich. She traveled widely with her husband Alban “Tom” Hallowell, most notably, making multiple trips to the arctic. The husband and wife team produced a very popular natural history and adventure travel lecture series based on their travels. Hallowell resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
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“A delightful, sensitive, and exciting book which displays a great understanding of and appreciation for Appalachian character and heritage.”—Cratis Williams

“Hallowell has written a charming account of her family’s adventures in moving from their New Jersey home and putting down roots in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her appreciation of the place and its people is warm and genuine, embracing the natural beauty and abundance of the region and the distinctive characteristics of her newfound friends. With wit and insight she delights and instructs us.”—Wilma Dykeman

“We see the wonders of Southern Appalachia through the sensitive perceptions of a newcomer to the region. A newcomer who has been particularly well-prepared for the experience by her acute interest in plants, wildlife, and people. The result is a manuscript that is blessed by a great deal of genuine warmth for the culture, the environment, and the persona of the Southern Highlands.”—Howard Dorgan