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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


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

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