Join us for our monthly program: Civil War Stories

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

From Used Cars to Brew Pubs: The Changing Face of Coxe Avenue

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

The North Carolina Room Has a New Staff Member!

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!

Eliada Orphanage with Oral Historian Clifford Davids Saturday October 27, 2018

  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

What’s the Coolest Organization to Belong to in Asheville?

  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?

Found People of Asheville Part 4: Frenchman Shaped Asheville’s Horticulture Scene 100 Years Ago

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