October 12, 2006 issue

Highway Dedicated to Dr. Mary Martin Sloop

On October 6, The Crossnore School dedicated and officially renamed a 5-mile section of U.S. Highway 221 for the school’s founder, Dr. Mary Martin Sloop.

Friends and members of the Sloop family, The Crossnore School and the local community attended the ceremony in E. H. Sloop Chapel. Dr. Phyllis Crain, executive director of The Crossnore School, led the event, that included remarks by Crossnore Mayor Tudor Vance, Avery County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kenny Poteat and Crossnore historian and Sloop family member Rachel Deal. Arnold Lakey, board member of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, read the DOT’s resolution and presented Crain with a framed copy of it. The ceremony recognized the motto Dr. Mary Martin Sloop coined for The Crossnore School, “Noblesse Oblige,” as a group of Crossnore School residents who just returned from a mission trip unveiled a model of the Dr. Mary Martin Sloop Highway signs.

Immediately following the ceremony, Crossnore School staff and Sloop family members unveiled one of the two new signs at its site in front of The Market in Crossnore. The other sign stands five miles away near the intersection of U.S. Highway 221 and NCSR 1545. 

Dr. Mary Martin Sloop founded The Crossnore School 93 years ago with her husband, Dr. Eustace H. Sloop. The couple’s mission was to improve the lives of the mountain people through medical care, education and economic development. Support from The Crossnore School Board of Trustees, The Avery County Tree Growers Association, the Town of Crossnore, Crossnore Community Enhancement, Inc., the Avery Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and the Avery County Board of Commissioners made the highway renaming possible.

For more information about Dr. Mary Martin Sloop or The Crossnore School and its mission to provide a safe, stable, healing, living and learning environment for children from families in crisis, call 828-733-4305.