Delegates of The Pan American Highway Commission visit Chimney Rock Park in Rutherford County's Chimney Rock, North Carolina. View of commission cars and buses on winding mountain road approaching the park. Commission delegates seen climbing the wooden, terraced stairways to the top of the 315 foot Chimney Rock granite monolith. View of the Broad River from atop Chimney Rock, before the dam was built on it by the Morse family of Carolina Mountain Power Company to create Lake Lure. Views of the valleys and mountains near Chimney Rock.
The Pan American Highway Commission officials received by Cameron A. Morrison, Governor of North Carolina. Governor Morrison and the delegates pose for a photo on steps of a building. The commission visits the Highway Equipment Depot near Raleigh and inspects the machinery. They proceed towards University of North Carolina. Traffic signs and direction boards on road sides. University of North Carolina college students give a cheer and greet the group. The commission buses, cars, motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecars are seen traveling on highway roads in North Carolina. The commission members observe road machinery and try out the machines including early tractors, graders, scrapers, and plows, trench diggers, and steam shovels. Two delegate members ride in the bucket of a steam shovel. They halt at the newly completed Wilcox Bridge spanning the Yadkin River near Spencer, North Carolina. A view of the caravan on the open-spandrel (open support system) Wilcox Bridge over the Yadkin River and then in a North Carolina town. The group entering Bessemer city in North Carolina, where a welcome banner spans the roadway.
Delegates of the Pan American Highway Commission present a gift after a month-long tour of the United States in 1924. Ceremony at the Pan American Union in Washington DC. Tablet is unveiled inscribed with the title 'Highway of Friendship', and presented as a gift to the Highway Education Board. The first line of the tablet reads, "Commemorative of the Official visit of the Pan American Highway Commission to the District of Columbia and the states of North Carolina, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 2 to July 3, 1924. The happiness and prosperity of the people of the United States have been greatly enhanced by your definite program of Highway education...." U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg accepts the tablet and speaks to those gathered.
A dog with a collar lies on the ground. It gets up. A dog lies on sand. He sits up. A very old unpainted wood frame house, sagging in the middle, and having two outside chimneys and roughly patched roof. Exterior view of Farmer's Bank. A man inside the bank pulls down a "closed" sign at the door and comes out and locks the door. Three negro men pass on the sidewalk. Road sign shows U.S. Highway 158.
Animated map shows the location of the Watauga Mission efforts of the Lutheran Church, near Boone, North Carolina. View of the Reverand J.A. Yount ascending stairs of one of the seven churches in the Watauga Mission area, which are served by the Board of American Missions. Pastor J.A. Yount preaching at the pulpit of the church, with the altar in the background. Cora Pearl Jeffcoat organizes Bible Schools, Missionary Societies, Light Brigades within the Watauga Mission. Children seated outside a church receive education from Cora Pearl Jeffcoat. Sign reads 'Clark Creek Camp', one of the camps organized by "Miss Cory." Teenage girls at a camp gather on the porch of a simple wooden home. The girls read together, sitting on a rock, and then set a cooking fire outdoors, cook food, and then wash dishes at a raised basin.
Credits for the documentary titled 'Creative Hands' about mountain handicrafts in North Carolina. Background info about earlier handicrafts as an important part of civilization. A farmer weaves, sculpts a swan, whittle in clay. Scene change to New York City and busy areas of Manhattan, with people outside the Rockefeller Center in New York watching ice skaters. Women do window shopping. People enter Radio City Music Hall. Scene change again to farming areas in the mountains of southwest North Carolina. Animated map of United States. Wide views of farmland and a house in Brasstown North Carolina. Men cut a tree for lumber using a two man saw. Teacher at John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown helps farmer to develop creative ideas using local materials. A sign reads "John C Campbell Folk School Handcrafts." Farmers walk with their materials and are seen seated at a table of the school showing some of their handicrafts. They are taught creative ideas by the teacher.