36 Montford Avenue is now the location of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. But it wasn’t always so. On that site local builder and architect O.D. Revell erected what would commonly be referred to as the Coleman House at “the head of Montford” named for the owners John Kennedy Coleman and his … Continue reading 36 Montford Avenue
On July 10, 1932 that headline began an article in The Asheville Citizen-Times. What follows is the column in its entirety. One of the new Adirondack cabins now being brought to Asheville and vicinity by the Consolidated Realty corporation ready to erect, has been opened at Lake Lure at the intersection of the state highway … Continue reading Strange, But True…..
This month's program will be one you won't want to miss. We'll be featuring a dramatic reading of Civil War letters and journals held here in the North Carolina Room. The letters and diaries were written by James M. Henderson and his wife Maria. The couple hailed from Haywood County, just west of Buncombe. Deborah … Continue reading Join us for our monthly program: Civil War Stories
E.W. Grove ‘moved a mountain’ to build the “New” Battery Park Hotel and the Grove Arcade. The mountain of dirt filled a gully running south of Patton Avenue to Southside. The newly named Coxe Street first appeared in the City Directory of 1923. The following year the street name was changed to Coxe Avenue. The … Continue reading From Used Cars to Brew Pubs: The Changing Face of Coxe Avenue
Welcome to Katherine Calhoun Cutshall Katherine Calhoun Cutshall joined the staff of the North Carolina room last week, and she's excited to put her skills and knowledge of local history to work at Pack Memorial Library. A Buncombe County native and lover of all things western North Carolina, she is thrilled to be downtown, … Continue reading The North Carolina Room Has a New Staff Member!
Saturday October 27 from 2:00 to 3:00 Eliada Orphanage with Oral Historian Clifford Davids Pack Memorial Library, Lord Auditorium, lower level. All events are free and open to the public Refreshments will be served. Clifford Davids has spent almost two decades gathering stories of extraordinary human endurance. Between 1996 and 1998 he traveled regularly from the … Continue reading Eliada Orphanage with Oral Historian Clifford Davids Saturday October 27, 2018
Answer: The Friends of the North Carolina Room! We are a fun and varied group of Asheville residents who love local Asheville history. We love to get together and . . . yes . . . talk about local history. We love to socialize, i.e., eat, drink and talk together. This years Friends … Continue reading What’s the Coolest Organization to Belong to in Asheville?
Rich Mathews used the photograph below in his presentation on The Early Days of Coxe Avenue back in April. It really piqued my interest. I thought I knew a bit about the history of the corner pictured, but was totally taken aback by what I saw. Not the remains of Margo Terrace (razed in 1928) … Continue reading Asheville’s Vanished Pastimes
Eudore Artus was born in the Bay of Biscay area of France in 1883. His father was a shoe maker but Eudore took up gardening at age 12. In 1910 he was working in Paris for a woman from Montreal, Canada, who was a friend of Mother Deplanch, founder of St. Genevieve. While Mother Deplanch … Continue reading Found People of Asheville Part 4: Frenchman Shaped Asheville’s Horticulture Scene 100 Years Ago