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The Historic Lansing School was built in Lansing, North Carolina in 1938 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a facet of the Public Works program of the Great Depression. The school was constructed using stone and other local materials and is listed on the National Historic Register. The space served as the Lansing grade school from the time it was built until 1992, and it was the largest school in the surrounding county until the early 1970s.
The small, rural town of Lansing has deep roots in the culture and traditions of Southern Appalachia. Located in Ashe County, North Carolina, the community was built around an N&W railway, the Creeper Trail, used to carry timber from the county to other areas.
The town of Lansing and the Historic Lansing School are incredible evidence of the rich history, skills, and traditions of Southern Appalachia - which is why it's the perfect place for Lost Province Arts to call home.
The LPCCA team is committed to restoring the Lansing School to its former glory and repurposing the space to recapture the local traditions and crafts of the Southern Appalachian region, including music, crafts, literature, storytelling, woodworking, fermentation art, fiber arts, and more.
Interested in learning more about the rich history of Ashe County, NC and the Lansing School? Check out the map of historic places from the Ashe Historical Society at the link below.
Lansing, North Carolina is a special place that we're so excited to call home. You can watch this video by NC Weekend to learn more about what makes it so great!