It Was A Wonderful Life!
Every Christmas season, employees at the Beacon mill in Swannanoa gathered for a company-wide potluck. A large tree was decorated inside the mill, carols were sung, and a commemorative photograph was taken of all those in attendance. The photograph above is from an early-1940s company potluck. Do you see some familiar faces in the crowd?
Editor’s Note: With permission of the author, the above is excerpted from the book “Images of America, Swannanoa,” by Anne E. Chesky Smith. The book is available for purchase at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, 223 West State Street, in Black Mountain. Cost is $22 ($20 for museum members).