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From Camel to the Cardinal, the city’s former tobacco industry gives way to tourism.
A largely rural expanse extending from the peaks of the Pine Mountain Range to the farmlands of Plains, west Georgia is known for its pine forests, pecan groves, and peanut fields. It’s also linked to two American presidents with deep ties to this land. The personal histories of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter are central to the story of the region, so much so that the area is known as Presidential Pathways.
Standing on the porch of the Swag House, a mountaintop inn above Waynesville, North Carolina, I’m struck by the grandeur of my surroundings: the towering trees, the handsome rough hewn–log cottages, the ancient mountains giving way to the gathering night.