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Greetings From Asheville! Postcards in the North Carolina Collection

  Greetings From Asheville: Postcards in the North Carolina Collection. Speaker: Terry Taylor Date: Wednesday, March 29th 2017 Time: 12:00 to 1:00   Q: Who has over 3,654 individual postcards and 300 … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

G. O. Shepherd Sr., Mover and Shaker

Gaylord Oscar (G.O.) Shepherd Sr. settled in Asheville in 1919. At age 24, his arrival was well timed as the city began a decade of rapid growth, ripe for the energies of a … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Discovering Montford’s Early History Part 5: “What Got Done!”

It is common for local historians to say of the Asheville, Loan, Construction & Improvement Company, that the “enterprise languished until it was taken over by George Willis Pack.” (Quote from Asheville’s Historic … Continue reading

March 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Roy Harris and Sheneika Smith: “Poetry Reading, Storytelling and Singing”

In Celebration of Black History Month Check our “Programs” page for more information on these additional events sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Room, scheduled for Lord Auditorium … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Discovering Montford’s Early History Part 4: “A Rustling Company” Develops a Streetcar Suburb

Asheville was the first city in North Carolina to have an electric streetcar system, with the first run on February 1, 1889. Asheville was followed by Winston, Charlotte, Raleigh and … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Discovering Montford’s Early History Part 3: Where the Name Montford Came From

We now know that Richmond Pearson named the new station Montford Park Station. Why the Name Montford? An article in the Daily Citizen of March 31, 1891, titled “Montford Park … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 2 Comments

Rediscovering Montford’s Early History Part 2: Mr. Pearson’s Fourth of July 1890 Celebration and Montford

Richmond Pearson’s Little-Known Part in the Creation of Montford [Click here to read Rediscovering Montford’s Early History Part 1 post revealing the first newspaper article announcing the creation of Montford Park and the naming … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 3 Comments

Event: Jon Elliston: Sex, Lies and Snake Oil

Jon Elliston will explore the bizarre odyssey of John R. Brinkley,  one of Western North Carolina’s most infamous figures. From his humble mountain origins, Brinkley rose to national stature as a … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Discovering Montford’s Early History, Part 1

A couple of years ago I set out to see if I could find the origins of the name Montford. I pretty much figured I was in for a long … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · 6 Comments

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