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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


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

Americanization Classes at the Grove Park Inn–1920s

The Buncombe County Community (Night) School’s literacy program was a forerunner in the state to help teach literacy to adults. We wrote about it in a post two years ago, which … Continue reading

November 20, 2015 · Leave a comment


I’ve driven by this house many times over the past 15 years or so on my way to a hike in Hot Springs or to a swim in the Laurel … Continue reading

November 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Casino at Overlook Park

Overlook Park on Sunset Mountain was a popular 19th century retreat for Asheville residents and tourists. The views were magnificent, especially on the overlook tower, and a boardwalk and paths made for … Continue reading

October 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Asheville in the Roaring ’20s talk by Kevan Frazier

HUNGRY FOR HISTORY Brown Bag Lunch Series Continues: Bring a bagged lunch and join us. Wednesday September 30, 2015 12 noon to 1 pm: Kevan Frazier: “Asheville and The Roaring … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Appalachian Rustic Souvenirs

The Appalachians have long been noted for the rugged individualism of their inhabitants. The terrain was and is difficult, limiting its occupants’ employment. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

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