Last week, four of the 69 interpretive signs on the new Blue Ridge Heritage Trail were installed in Macon County. The three in Franklin tell the stories of the Little Tennessee River Greenway, North Carolina Bartram Trail, and Gem Mining. A fourth will be located at Nantahala Lake.

“It was a grant awarded to several organizations four or five years ago and the interpretive signs were placed only last week,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “They look great. Any signs of a historical nature that informs the public of our rich heritage is welcome by me. Anything we can do to showcase our history and place the information in public spaces performs a public service. So often our heritage is left out of history books so this fills in a gap. There are several such signs around Franklin. One at the Nikwasi Mound, the courthouse, the Macon County Historical Museum, and the Greenway.”