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Glen Inglis Defunct City Ghost Town Buncombe County North Carolina Postcard 1908

I love an intriguing, if not hyperbolic description of an item on eBay like the one I stumbled on the other day.  I couldn’t resist the allure of a “ghost … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jimmie’s Waffle Shop

Mention Paradise Chinese Restaurant, The Hot Shot, or The Silver Dollar and folks of a certain age (including yours truly) can wax eloquent on southern-fried chicken at the Paradise or … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Standing On One Corner in Asheville, Part One

Standing on one corner of Asheville is an excellent place to learn about the ever-changing face of our town.  Do you recognize this corner and are you familiar with its … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Black Lives Built Western North Carolina Railroad

  The North Carolina Room received a call from someone–with both musical and local history interests–asking if there really was a collapse of the Swannanoa Tunnel, as the song, “Swannanoa Tunnel” relates? I said I would … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

July 26 program on Richard Sharp Smith cancelled; to be rescheduled

The North Carolina Room regrets to announce that the program on Richard Sharp Smith scheduled to be held in Lord Auditorium on July 26, 2017, must be postponed to a … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Little Street with Big Ideas

Wall Street is without a doubt the most charming street in downtown Asheville. And to my mind it always has been.  Intimate, almost European in scale, a pleasure to stroll on, … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

1980s Asheville Revisited

Asheville in the 1980s is the theme for a series of summer-long evening programs beginning in April. Each program covers a unique aspect of Asheville’s history from arts to business … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Early History of Fenner Heights

By Joe Newman “Absolutely the Prettiest Sub-Division Yet Offered in or About the City of Asheville.” The newspaper ads made it sound like a great deal—something you couldn’t afford to pass … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

THE NEXT GREAT INVENTION?

Walter B. Gwyn was an Asheville attorney, real estate man and… inventor? United States Patent No. 414,527, dated November 5,1889 appears to be… …drum roll please… a brush with a … Continue reading

January 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

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