Sam Cartner, Avery County extension agent, Fred Whitfield, extension forester with North Carolina State University, and Avery County Christmas tree grower Kermit Johnson in an undated photo.
Mr. Sam Cartner, Avery County extension directory, shows early Fraser fir field in this photo from 1958 U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service/Extension Service publication, Fraser Fir as a Christmas Tree.
A 1958 extension meeting in Avery County helps create the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jim McGraw.
Fraser fir seedling nursery on Mount Mitchell in 1932. These seedlings were being grown to reforest after logging. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jim McGraw.
First day of the Fraser fir seedling pull on Roan Mountain in 1978. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jim McGraw.
Cover of Limbs & Needles featuring Hal Johnson and his family with the Fraser fir that won them the right to place a Christmas tree in the White House in the 1980s. (Use with permission from the NCCTA).
John Gilliam, extension forester with North Carolina State University, stands beside a Fraser fir at Anthony Lakes Nursery in Avery County in this Avery Journal photo from 1959.