In Ashe County’s earliest years and due to its relative isolation in the Southern Appalachian mountains, it was difficult and dangerous to import large, heavy items from “off the mountain” (at least until the Railroad came to town).
As a result, many Ashe County industries developed to help fill the needs for specific products.
One of those industries was the furniture industry.
As people built their farms and become more prosperous, they started wanting better and larger furniture…everything from bureaus to buffets to wardrobes. As a result, a thriving homegrown furniture industry started to develop in the county to fulfill this need.
The Bare Room showcases some of the furniture that was produced in Ashe County over the years.