Yancey Memorials operates in the Monuments, Finished to Custom Order business / industry within the Miscellaneous Retail sector. The company is located in Burnsville, North Carolina.
Yancey was an active member of the American Board of Bone and Joint Surgery and enjoyed bringing his family to biweekly meetings. His quick wit brightened the gatherings of his fellow retired physicians.
Yancey County Confederate Monument
Yancey County is home to one of the most prominent monuments honoring Confederate soldiers. But, depending on who you talk to, the silent stone sentinel overseeing the county courthouse is a symbol of oppression or a tribute to heroes. The statue has been the subject of local debate for years. A board appointed Monique Williams, an activist for social justice, and Kathy Liston, a historian, to explore a way to contextualize the monument last year.
During the years leading up to the Civil War, Yancey worked tirelessly to promote secession. He organized Southern-rights associations and traveled extensively in the hopes of drawing a broad coalition around his uncompromising pro-slavery states’ rights ideology.
While Western North Carolina was largely spared from the major fighting of the Civil War 150 years ago, the area can still claim to have hosted one of the war’s final volleys. For proof, witness an off-the-beaten-path monument nestled between two mid-20th century homes on Sulphur Springs Road in Waynesville.
Yancey County Courthouse
Yancey County is a beautiful, rural county located in the western part of North Carolina. Its mountainous terrain and natural beauty make it a popular place for outdoor activities, including skiing, golfing, hiking, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. The region is also home to many fine traditional arts and crafts, including quilters, basketmakers, woodworkers, glassblowers, papermakers, weavers, painters, and sculptors, who have achieved national and international reputations.
The Yancey County courthouse was built on the southwest corner of the Burnsville town square in 1908. It is an historic building and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Yancey County courthouse was named in honor of one of North Carolina’s most distinguished statesmen, Bartlett Yancey, who served as U.S. Congressman (1813-1817) and speaker of the N.C. Senate (1817-1827). He was an advocate of correcting inequality in representation in the General Assembly by creating new western counties, but died on August 30, 1828, over five years before the General Assembly created a county named in his honor.
Yancey County Memorial Park
Yancey County Memorial Park includes the Parkway Playhouse, which hosts musicals and plays from late spring through fall. This venue is the longest continuously operating seasonal theater in North Carolina.
The Memorial Park also has several additions including the George Sappenfield Disc Golf Course and an 18-site primitive camping area. Its main entrance has a new dog park with agility equipment to fit dogs of all sizes. The park is home to the Mayland Earth-to-Sky Observatory and Bare Dark Sky Observatory, the largest public telescope in North Carolina.
Yancey County was formed in 1833 from Buncombe and Burke counties and named for one of the State’s most distinguished statesmen, Bartlett Yancey. He served as a member of the State Senate and House of Representatives and was a leading advocate of railroad development in the state. He lived at Oakwood on the Dan River near Blanch, but later moved to Summer Hill which still stands. It was later donated to the Memorial Park.
Yancey County War Memorial
In the past few months Yancey History Association has received an incredible gift: a handcrafted model of the Snapdragon, a privateer ship commanded by Otway Burns during the War of 1812. The model was donated by Walter Burns, the great-great grandson of the captain.
The museum also houses the McElroy House, a home built in 1800 that has been restored to how it would have looked during that time. It is one of the most significant homes in Yancey County.
On Veterans Day the Yancey County War Memorial was dedicated. Due to rain it was held inside the courthouse. The program began with a welcome from American Legion Post Commander Earl N. Tipton followed by comments from Yancey County officials and military members. Then the Mountain Heritage High School band played a musical arrangement of patriotic songs. Next, Command Master Chief Jeff Hudson of Submarine Group 10, Kings Bay, Georgia made a speech about the role of submarines in the modern navy. Then a list of submarines lost in World War Two was read and a bell was rung for each vessel.