Flood of 1916 Exhibit
In mid-July 1916, the remnants of two hurricanes collided over western North Carolina, inundating the mountain region and the western Piedmont with historic rainfall.
The result was catastrophic. Landslides wiped out whole families. Currents ripped babies from their parents’ arms. Rivers washed away thousands of jobs. When the water finally receded, at least fifty lay dead, damages totaled in the millions of dollars, and a thick black sludge remained where crops once stood. The scope of the devastation was almost inconceivable.
Find the Exhibit Near You in 2016 and 2017
One hundred years later, the storm remains one of the worst ever experienced in the Tar Heel state. To commemorate the event, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History has developed a traveling exhibit, So Great the Devastation: The 1916 Flood. The exhibit debuted at the History Museum of Catawba County in downtown Newton in March and will travel to 12 different natural and cultural institutions throughout the region during the rest of this year and in early 2017.
Here are the remaining stops currently scheduled:
|June 1-July 15||Pack Memorial Library||Asheville|
|July 16||Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College||Asheville|
|July 17-August 31||Belmont Historical Society||Belmont|
|September 1-30||Lincoln County Historical Association, Mudy House||Denver|
|October 1-31||Wilkes Heritage Museum||Wilkesboro|
|November 1-30||Chimney Rock State Park||Chimney Rock|
|December 1-31||Burke County Public Library||Morganton|
|January 1-31, 2017||Iredell County Public Library||Statesville|
|February 1-28, 2017||Elkin Public Library||Elkin|
|March 1-31, 2017||New River State Park||Laurel Springs|
So Great the Devastation, The Book
To coincide with the exhibit, North Carolina Historical Publications released a short book exploring the flood and its lasting impact on the western part of the state.