When 20-year-old Nicholas Church came to the United States on a summer trip from his home in the UK, he asked the clerk at the bus station in New York to send him somewhere pretty.
He landed in the small town of Cashiers, North Carolina for the summer, where he met Reese McCranie. The two quickly developed feelings for each other, and a romantic relationship ensued. When the summer was over, Nicholas returned to the UK.
Recently in Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth, Reese explained what happened next, picking up the story in his college years.
This story was recorded in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth.