Back in the day, the Francis Grist Mill was the place to come for community gossip and news on the area.¬† Today, in Bethel, the place to be is the Bethel Grocery.¬† It is here that you might find L.D. Griffin signing a copy of his book “Cold Mountain Hunter”.¬† Or buy some of the greatest home grown corn you’ll find anywhere.
Bethel is a farming community, and most of the local folk want to keep it that way.¬† It is here that you will find fields of tomatoes, peppers, and other crops.¬† The Blue Ridge Parkway lines its southern border, and from almost any direction you can see Cold Mountain, the peak made famous by Charles Frazier’s novel and subsequent movie.
The Pigeon River winds its way through the community providing some of the best fishing in the county for tourists and residents.¬† Others prefer to hike in the many wilderness areas within the Pisgah National Forest.
The Bethel area is growing with the addition of a new elementary school, and is home to one of three Middle Schools in Haywood County.
Every year the Bethel Rural Community Organization celebrates and preserves the enormously rich heritage of the Bethel Community by conducting the Cold Mountain Tour.¬† This area is the real home of “Pinkney” Inman of Cold Mountain fame.¬† His gravesite is a stop on the tour.
A special thanks to Rick Hall of CGI Group for these wonderful photos.