The Big Ivy Historical Society will hold its annual Mountain Heritage Day on Sat., Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a featured event will be the opening of the cab of the Little Snowball lookout tower to visitors. The society will also open several other historic buildings, including a 19th-century log cabin and early-20th-century schoolhouse.
The Little Snowball lookout tower is perhaps the most historically complete lookout tower remaining in Western North Carolina. It sits on the former grounds of the CCC camp used by the men who built the tower in the Big Ivy valley that it formerly watched over and protected.
For directions to the Big Ivy Historical Campus and information on the Mountain Heritage Day, visit http://nclookouts.blogspot.com. For those who intend to visit and may follow the directions my book, turn right after exiting I-26. (The book has a misprint in the directions that may lead to a severe navigation problem.)