By Jann Godwin Louisa DeSaussure Duls in the Story of Little Switzerland writes that in 1920, “the Staten home was bought by a family that was to be associated with Little Switzerland for a long time”. Her vision into the future was correct because one family member still lives here today. Davis Godwin is their […]

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Tell Weather by Rhododendron’s Curl

The thick, leathery leaves on the rhododendron bushes were curled tighter than a homemade twist of tobacco. As mountain weather sharps well know, it’s a sign of winter for a fact when rhododendron leaves, though evergreen, droop and roll inwards, Up here, where rhododendron lavishes the mountain slopes and coves, the weather sharps are keeping […]



Move Over Stonehenge! An amazing discovery about the Blue Ridge Parkway, with far-reaching cultural implications, has been publicly confirmed, Whispers and rumors have abounded for years, ever since the discoverer (your modest observer), in an unguarded moment several years ago, revealed his tentative findings. Since then, jealous rivals have been plotting to claim this discovery […]


Thanksgiving at the Switzerland Inn!

Special Thanksgiving Packages. Pre-Thanksgiving Special – From November 16th through the 21st, stay Two Nights in the Main Lodge and get a Free 6-foot Christmas Tree from Choose & Cut Christmas Trees at Little Switzerland Frazer Firs. Thanksgiving Weekend Special – Book a Three-Night Stay, November 22nd, 23rd & 24th, 2012.  Includes Thanksgiving Dinner for […]

Jann Godwin wins 2011 REALTOR OF THE YEAR Award!

The Yancey-Mitchell Board of REALTORS had their Annual Awards Luncheon at the Burnsville Town Center on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.  Jann Godwin of Timberline Properties, Inc. was presented the 2011 REALTOR OF THE YEAR Award.  Jann stated that she was touched and honored by this demonstration of the respect of her peers, which she returns […]


A Women in Business Profile of Jann Godwin

FEELING AT HOME By Corey Hoilman Like the original settlers of Little Switzerland, Jann Godwin’s journey to the mountains afforded her the same opportunity to start life anew and pursue a new career opportunity. Jann is the owner of Timberline Properties in Spruce Pine. Incorporated in 1999, the company sells property across Mitchell County, and […]

Little Switzerland at 99 Years Old

At 99, still pretty little BY JAY PRICE, Staff Writer LITTLE SWITZERLAND, NC – Almost exactly a century ago, a man who was to become one of North Carolina’s most contradictory figures reined in his mule to drink in the view here. It took awhile. Heriot Clarkson and two companions were atop the ridgeline that forms […]



   The sights and sounds of spring are creeping over the land.   The voice of the peeper is heard again.   The robin chatters and scolds and whistles in the dawn.   The tops of the maples are kindling their fires.   And folks with old memories are turning their eyes toward the service trees.   The tulip trees […]