Franklin transformed on Saturday, with Main Street merchants coming together to sponsor the 2nd annual Appalachian Heritage Festival to celebrate the county’s long-standing heritage and traditions.
Main Street, Iotla, Palmer, and Stewart streets were lined with vendors and more than 50 live demonstrations and exhibitors. Crafters, quilters, and traditional mountain music brought out the Appalachian heritage of Macon County.
The festival began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning when Commissioner Ronnie Beale joined the Main Street merchants in honoring JC Jacobs and Branch Buchanan for their involvement in business development along Main Street.
Jacobs started business in Macon County when he was just 19, as a young entrepreneur selling brooms. He grew his business to become a staple on Main Street in the Peoples Department Store. As a business owner in Macon County, Jacobs’ legend went far beyond keeping his doors open for decades, as he fully immersed himself into a life of service above self for his 97 years of life. Whenever anyone in Macon County was in need, you can bet Jacobs was among the first two offer a helping hand.
Like Jacobs, Buchanan worked to build a legacy of economic and civic contribution to Macon County as manager of Macon County Supply Company working alongside Bruce Bryant to build a business that served residents in western North Carolina. Buchanan continued to be an instrumental part in building businesses dynasties in Macon County that continue to operate and serve the citizens of Macon County and will continue to do so for future generations.