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Mertie Weaver and Willie Roby Trivett, possibly taken on the day they became engaged.

Originally published: 2013-03-14 14:17:47
Last modified: 2013-03-14 14:17:47

Our Avery County: Remembering an Appalachian pictureman: W.R. Trivett

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Here in northwestern North Carolina, we are blessed to have a number of great museums. These include places like the Avery County Historical Museum in Newland, Fort Defiance just north of Lenoir and the Mineral Museum near Spruce Pine. This past week, the Blowing Rock Museum of Art and History opened a new exhibit dedicated to early 20th-century Avery County photographer W.R. Trivett.
There were many practicing "picture men" in the early years of Avery County history. Some, like Paul Buchanan of Mitchell County, traveled about using a horse or automobile, visiting different communities. Others, like Frank A. Carr and Clifton Laws, operated more conventional studio-based photography businesses. In 1929 Laws bought out much of the photography equipment from the Carrs.

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