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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Raymond Rapp, November 17, 2000. Interview K-0253. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Maintaining a small-town feel in Mars Hill

Rapp illustrates some of the revitalization efforts that aimed to draw visitors to Mars Hill but retain its small-town character. Despite initial wariness, the gazebo became a social center in Mars Hill and triggered enthusiasm for community revitalization. The next step was the construction of a Madison County visitors center that makes Mars Hill the gateway to the county and that communicates directly with downtown merchants to ensure a welcoming atmosphere.

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Oral History Interview with Raymond Rapp, November 17, 2000. Interview K-0253. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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