Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and Winding Road

A new documentary about the Blue Ridge Parkway will be airing at 10 p.m. tomorrow night (Nov. 4) on UNC-TV.

This is not your ordinary travelogue.

In "The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Long and Winding Road," documentary filmmaker Bruce Bowers break news by revealing a 75-year-old family account - a stunning secret deal that may have determined the route of the Parkway and altered the course of American society.

The hour-long documentary also takes a fascinating look at the diverse people along the mountain corridor and addresses how the scenic road affected their lives and cultures. The Parkway changed lives in unexpected ways. It may be surprising to some that the 469-mile long scenic highway was not universally welcomed in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, and many people fought against it.

If you miss it, the film can also be purchased on DVD.


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