potholder Lansing, North Carolina - Our Hometown    

The Town of Lansing, North Carolina is nestled deep in the appalachian mountains of Ashe County, close to the borders of Virginia and Tennessee. We were a stop along the Virgina Creeper railroad, popularized in photos by O. Winston Link. The town's heyday was during the 1930's when we had a feed mill,.....etc. Today we... We're located along Big Horse Creek, a popular trout stream.

Around these parts you'll find the impromptu pickin' parties of local old time and bluegrass musicians - come and take a load off, sit a spell, visit with us, partake of some home cooking and enjoy the natural beauty and outdoors activities. We welcome you to find out why our town still instills a sense of commuity not found in larger places. Some of us have lived here all our lives, and some have returned after years away to fold back into the simple, quiet fabric of our small town.

Wikipedia Notes on Lansing:

The Town of Lansing, NC in Ashe County was incorporated May 16, 1928. Lansing has one traffic light (a single three way intersection at Hwy. 194 and Big Horse Creek Road). As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 151 people, 69 households, and 38 families residing in the town.

In the early 20th century Lansing was a very busy place primarily because of the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company (also known as the "Virginia Creeper"). Todd, West Jefferson, Lansing, White Top and other towns in NC were regular stopping places for the train. There were some productive iron mines around Lansing that used the railroad to move ore.

In the 1930's and 40's Lansing was home to one of two cheese factories in Ashe county. Lansing's cheese plant offered local farmers a place to bring their goods instead of traveling to the county's other cheese plant in West Jefferson.

Lansing High School was built in 1937-38 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using very beautiful local granite stone. It is now the New River Winery.

Browse Local Pictures on Flickr:

Lansing, NC - Here

High School - Here

Jones Infirmary - Here




Ola Belle Reed Music Festival


Wayne Henderson Guitar Festival

Porch Pickin' List of Music Jam Sites

















Lansing circa 1930





Our top banner image aerial photo of the town courtesy of Tom Fowler - Link

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