“Keep My Name in Remembrance,” Dillingham: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

“Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: …and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place.” 2 Samuel 18:18 Though he died in 1838, by 1887 Absalom Dillingham managed, in his own way, … Continue reading “Keep My Name in Remembrance,” Dillingham: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

A Trip to the Store in Democrat, 1876: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

If you were taking a trip to Burnsville from Asheville between 1847 and 1890 there was, for the most part, only one way to get there. Along the road, there would be a few choice places to stop, but the most famous was Carter’s. It was, like most other Stock Stands along the various turnpike … Continue reading A Trip to the Store in Democrat, 1876: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Deaver’s View//Deaverview, A Peek into the Process: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Many of our 52 Weeks 52 Communities posts have been about rediscovering the origins of the names of our communities in Buncombe County. This week is no different. Deaverview, a community in West Asheville seemed straightforward in this regard: figure out who Deaver is, and call it a day. But, sometimes it’s not that easy. … Continue reading Deaver’s View//Deaverview, A Peek into the Process: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Remembering the Kenhurst lodge North Carolina Room Friend Cliff Lively is the current resident of the stately home on Elk Mountain Highway that was known for 30 years as Kenhurst Lodge.   We thank Mr. Lively for lending the Library his collection of material relating to the Lodge, including guests' letters, brochures, guest book, guest registers, and a … Continue reading Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Where are All the Chickens on Chicken Hill? : 52 Weeks 52 Communities

Sometimes things just make you wonder, like the name "Chicken Hill." As a Buncombe County native, I remember asking my dad as we would cut through West Haywood to avoid (what we called then) the Westgate Bridge, "Why is that place called Chicken Hill?" and his response, always trying to teach me better observe my … Continue reading Where are All the Chickens on Chicken Hill? : 52 Weeks 52 Communities

Katherine Calhoun Cutshall Receives Her Master’s Degree!

The North Carolina Room's very own staff member katherine calhoun cutshall just completed her Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Asheville! Which of course, called for a little celebration and fun. If you haven't met Katherine yet, you'll love meeting her and talking with her. She has a … Continue reading Katherine Calhoun Cutshall Receives Her Master’s Degree!

Catawba Grapes and Scenic Views of Old Charlotte Highway in Cane Creek: 52 Weeks 52 Communities

It’s hard to say exactly where the Cane Creek community begins and ends. Maybe the area between the Limestone and Fairview fire districts? Is it a mile-wide corridor along the entire length of Cane Creek stretching plumb from South Asheville nearly to Gerton? It’s really hard to say, but however you want to describe the … Continue reading Catawba Grapes and Scenic Views of Old Charlotte Highway in Cane Creek: 52 Weeks 52 Communities

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Voices from Old Candlertown: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

The voices of our community members are one way we learn about our past. Eleanor Newcomb Rice knew this, and made it her work to collect the voices of "Old Candlertown" for many years. Rice was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924, but when she was young, her parents moved her and her three older … Continue reading Voices from Old Candlertown: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities

EVENT: A Tribute to the Faculty of Stephens-Lee High School

"The Castle on the hill" A Tribute to the Faculty of Stephens-Lee TUESDAY April 9, 2019 FROM 6:00 to 8:00 PM Held at the Stephens-Lee Center 30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 This Event is Free and Open to the Public Light appetizers will be served (South Charlotte Street, left on Max Street, … Continue reading EVENT: A Tribute to the Faculty of Stephens-Lee High School