Roads: The Lifeblood of Building the Frontier

A Scripted Freelance Writer Writing Sample

The "East Indian Boundary" was moved west in 1792, opening the Highlands to white settlers. Pioneer families and land speculators flocked to find cheap land and began building their cabins, stock stands, and the many farm buildings needed to support a settlement economy.

Buncombe County had a unique geographical advantage in its topography and strategic location among the emerging economies of the southern highlands connecting Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina. The ancient French Broad River, thought to be the world's second oldest, ran through the center of Buncombe, its many tributaries flowing down to the river from the surrounding farmlands. There, new farmsteads were cleared to produce grains for the stock stands of the Drover's Road, a booming source of trade and cash. Within a decade, the land went from wilderness to grain belt, from watershed to market shed.


Carolyn C

Weaverville, North Carolina, United States •

I write and edit content for small and large businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. I've done everything from consulting with college students on their essays (they got in!), to crafting engaging fundraising letters for a major health system that garnered, on average, between 3-5% in additional gifts for a two-year period, as compared to the previous five years. My niches include education, healthcare, art and interior design, and museums (exhibition and educational film script content). I am privileged to be able to enjoy the solitary practice of writing and getting to know the needs of my special clients and their brands and missions. That mix of creativity and collaboration is where I can do and be my best. There is so much to say, and I want to help my clients say it in a most compelling way!

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