The population of Banner Elk is less than 1000 and approximately 18,000 folks make up Avery County.
Now for my very own personal perspective of Banner Elk. At one point during WWII, my father was assigned to what is now Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas. When my mother graduated from high school, she moved from her small town in Arkansas to the "big city" of Little Rock to work.
Catha and John
Somehow their paths crossed and they began dating. Of course, he was soon shipped off to the Pacific, but they kept in touch through letters. When the war was over, he returned and they married in June 1945 and moved to Banner Elk. You see, my dad was born and raised in Banner Elk. They settled into married life and my brother Jerry and I were both born in Banner Elk in Grace Hospital.
Several years ago, Jerry received a Christmas card from our sister Christina and we started communicating through email. Then sister Cheryl moved about an hour from where we are now in North Carolina at our daughter's and we were able to "reconnect." A picture of my five siblings, along with their Mother, follows:
I had a wonderful childhood, surrounded by grandparents, cousins and other family members. I now feel a real personal connection to the mountainous area of Banner Elk as well.