Visit Western North Carolina

Travel guide to Western North Carolina and surrounding area with beautiful photographs that invite the wanderer and inspire the artist to explore the Great Smoky Mountains.

Identify local wildflowers, particularly those found on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin, NC and the Appalachian Trail.

See fish and sea creatures from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Go back in time at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Click on a link at right to start your journey.



Every small town is hiding something. Pine Mountain’s secret is buried under fifty-nine years of dust in the old train depot. The only murder in the town’s history was a hobo, a stranger passing through from somewhere on his way to nowhere. Most folks don’t even remember the case – the only suspect died, the old man was buried in a nameless grave, and the train station was permanently closed. Only Sarah Ingram carries the pain of that night around with her still. Colin McPhearson had asked her to marry him just hours before they say he killed the old hobo in an upstairs room of the depot. She has believed Colin innocent most of her life, and now her grandson might be the one to prove it

David Ingram is back home and not sure how he feels about it. He had grown his construction company from odd jobs in college to convention centers on the coast, yet here he is building a small health clinic just down the road from his high school. Half the town is looking forward to the modern facility. The other half, led by his own grandmother, is still trying to save Ferguson’s Dry Goods store that is sitting in the way of progress.

Grace St. John is photographing the demolition for the newspaper when she meets David. Whatever first impression she thinks to make is lost when she trips on the sidewalk and knocks over her tripod. David’s laugh begins their relationship, which is strengthened when someone buys the old train station and hires David to restore it. Together with Grace and Sarah they research the past and solve the mystery of the depot murder.

Andrea Tallent offers a fresh, easy to read and humorous style in her fiction. Her previous works of poetry and a travel column have been well received.