Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Lost World Under Jocassee, Must-See Video

Lake Jocassee, 11/20/09

I was blown away by this video. In getting some notes together for a story on the Whitewater River, now partially "drowned" by Lake Jocassee, I came across this:

Debbie Fletcher's website has much more on this story.

I was having a little trouble getting this video to post correctly. In case of problems with the video above, you can also access it from the CNN site -


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Asheville Foodie said...

Great homecoming story, thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

Incredible story!

Where is the "progress" when you flood someone's homestead so that others can over-consume?

Oh, the humanity!

Betty Cloer Wallace said...

Wonderful story and video, but oh so sad.

I think this is the lake Ron Rash used as a setting for one of his "Chemistry" short stories. I don't remember the name of the story, but I do remember the powerful image of people in a boat looking down on submerged buildings and saying that the underwater world looked as if someone might just step out of a building and wave up at them.

dwbrewin said...

What an incredible story! Hopefully we can stem the tide in our area so that story doesn't get told too many more times.

When I was at the Folk School I hear stories about a dam that was to have been built and would consequently flood the Brasstown Valley. Olive Dame was a distant relative of Calvin Coolidge and she enlisted his help in stopping this. You might want to see if this story is true.

Too bad there weren't powerful, wealthy New Englanders to stand up for the folks in South Carolina.

Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin said...

This is the true story behind Ron Rash's powerhouse novel, One Foot in Eden. A must read for everyone who wants to protect the mountains from those who see them merely as commodities of various kinds.

GULAHIYI said...

Whoever produced this story for CNN deserves credit for a job well-done.

I hadn't known about the Brasstown threat. I believe there was talk in the 1960s or 70s about flooding Caney Fork. Just imagine all the high-dollar lakefront property that might have created!

The imagery of this story is almost irresistable for anyone with literary aspirations. Mighty powerful stuff!

Anonymous said...

And yet for someone whose history has a shorter breadth I can easily see a campaign to "Save our Lake".

It is said that history is written by the winners. Gulahiyi you do something of unmeasurably great value in this soulful journey; you give voice to the losers. You also provide something sorely lacking in today's world, perspective without arrogance.
Thank you