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Andre Michaux recorded crossing over the Toe River in August 1794.
Photo courtesy Michael Hardy

Originally published: 2013-02-22 12:48:43
Last modified: 2013-02-22 12:48:43

Our Avery County: Discovering Newland – Our Toe River

Michael Hardy / (

On August 1, 1911, voters gathered in the recently created Avery County and cast votes for a new county seat. In the running were Elk Park, Montezuma, Minneapolis and Old Fields of Toe. Many expected Elk Park to win. It was the up-and-coming spot in Avery County, boasted a railroad and was a hub for local roads. In the end, the more centrally located Old Fields of Toe won.
Old Fields of Toe, sometimes also recorded as Old Fields of Tow, was a muster grounds for the northern portion of the Burke County Militia. But before jumping into the historical record, it might be interesting to take a look back at the Toe River of its name, and at some of its legendary past.

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