Welcome to the
Poindexter Family Reunion

The PDA is pleased to announce that our 2015 Family Reunion and Annual Meeting will be hosted in Franklin, Macon County, North Carolina, the Gem Capital of the World and the home of many Poindexter families.

picture of a watermillMacon County Poindexters welcome you
Our Macon County Poindexter families moved west across Virginia, then south into the Yadkin River Valley and the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, then west again into the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Land of the Cherokee. We want all PDA members and prospective members to consider spending at least a week’s vacation, in and around Franklin.  Like the Cherokees of the past, Poindexter families have occupied our county for many, many years. 

picture of one of the many waterfalls in the area.For close to 200 years, we Poindexters have been living in these mountain valleys and coves, where we could raise most of our “vittles” and survive off the land.  Now our new neighbors from all over the U.S. have built houses on hills, ridges, and even tops of our highest mountains to enjoy a beautiful scenic view.  That’s O.K. because they “got here just as soon as they could!”  All you folks are invited to come visit with us next June – “you hear!”

Come early and enjoy our mountainous outdoors
In the 1920s and 1930s, the most visited national park in the nation was created in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee with one of the main park entries located at the town of Cherokee, only thirty miles from Franklin.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. 

photo of young girl mining for gemsIn addition to the Smokies, North Carolina and Virginia offer the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs from Cherokee to the Shenandoah Valley.  For Poindexter hikers, we have the Appalachian Trail running through our county as it traverses from Georgia to Maine.

This PDA reunion will be one to remember for a long time
The theme for the 2015 reunion will relate to families and cousins enjoying a restful and economical vacation in the mountains.  Yes, you will learn about our Poindexter history, but you will also have opportunities to see a variety of interesting places and participate in many exciting activities in a small-town mountain community accustomed to hosting hundreds of visitors every summer.

In a large group setting, you will learn stories about interesting individual Poindexters about whom you may have never heard.  In small groups, you can learn and share the Poindexter story from the Isle of Jersey to your hometown.

Here is a sample of things you and your family can do in the area if you come early and stay late:
A bagful of brochures will be waiting for you when you arrive to help you decide what to see and do.

  • Tour the mountains - lakes, rivers, waterfalls, vistas, etc.
  • Hunt for rubies in our many mines and gem shops
  • Visit three completely different museums
  • Tour the Biltmore Estate, the largest home in America
  • Sign up for ghost tours – Where Shadows Walk!
  • Experience zip lines, wild water rafting, golf
  • Learn about Cherokee crafts and culture
  • Visit The Factory, a former warehouse turned into a fun place for kids – both young and old
  • Shop for antiques and North Carolina crafts
  • Stop by flea markets and thrift stores
  • Walk Civil War trails
  • Visit a former Poindexter house where two Poindexter ghosts reside (make arrangements with Bob)

Why Franklin?
picture of a log cabinIn Franklin, a town of about 3500 people, we have over 50 restaurants, which include fast food cafes, local restaurants, and chain restaurants, serving a wide variety of country, Southern, Italian, Mexican, Asian, and even French cuisine prepared by a chef who was formerly at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.  You won't want to miss the Macon County Historical Museum. Prices will be lower than most PDA members are accustomed to in your own hometowns.

We have a beautiful theatre seating 1500, which hosts live performances almost every weekend.  The Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts is equal to or better than most theatres in Branson!

photo of the museumHernando de Soto is said to have traveled through Franklin in the 1500s, and later the Trail of Tears went through our county.  You will be interested in learning the meaning of the many Cherokee names in our county.  Nantahala, one of our mountain communities, means “Land of the Noonday Sun.”

In an open field, where our historical museum and courthouse now stand, the last formal Civil War surrender east of the Mississippi River took place between Confederate and Union forces.  A painting depicting the surrender is located inside our

Registration?
Costs for scheduled reunion activities and registration forms are right here on the Web, and will be printed in the January and April issues of the PDA Newsletter.

Photo of Bob and JoannA question for you…
Have you ever walked or driven under a waterfall? We will be doing both!  We are offering lots of Poindexter history and fun at a most economical cost.  So come on south to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Spread the word to your cousins, aunts, uncles, and children! Mark your calendar now.

Questions?
If you have questions, click to our Questions page.

Your Reunion hosts for 2015,
Bob & Joann Poindexter