Montraville by Ron Griswold


While this book is not a history, neither is it a complete fiction. There are lots of facts which, tied together with the fiction, tell the story of the goodness and accomplishments, as well as the shortcomings and frailties, in other words the humanity, of the founder of Weaverville. But in a larger sense the facts and the fiction paint a picture of the period from the latter part of the 18th century through the late 19th century in Western North Carolina. And, by extension, they tell the story of America during that period: conquering the wilderness, conflicts with and oppression of Indigenous Americans, religious revival, politics, slavery, War and Reconstruction, and, for some, eventual peace and prosperity.