Job Barnard's Civil War portrait
At age 26, Job Dillingham Barnard enlisted in the Black Mountain Guards at Democrat on July 23, 1861, and was elected 1st Lieutenant. Job’s maternal grandfather, Absalom Dillingham, had been a first settler of the Big Ivy area. Read more.
Snake handling, 1985
Charles Prince explained his faith and practice in a 1985 story when the Haywood County sheriff confiscated snakes. Read more.
An 1877 diary reveals what it was like to come to Asheville for early treatment at Dr. Gleitsmann's sanitarium. Read more.
Solomon Cunningham, d. 1862
The father from Fletcher served in the NC 25th. Learn a little about him and his family.
Vanderbilt Shirt Company
There was a factory in downtown Asheville, 1946-1968. It employed many women. Read about it.
Harry Winner (photo, left, with wife, Julienne) was a pioneer Jewish merchant and civil rights leader in Asheville. Read story and see about Nov. 19 event for 75th anniversary, Jewish Community Center.
Knowledge of wild plants and the business of gathering herbs for cash was an essential occupation in this region. Read more.
1922: the year of Lake View
Read about Uncle Jim Allen, Beaverdam octogenarian in 1922, and the changes he witnessed when Lake View Park began the Beaver Lake neighborhood.
Mountains preachers were stand-out personalities in the old days, having been called, and desirous of really getting the message across. Read stories.
Jesse James Bailey
No matter how rough and, at times, lethal, the business of sheriffing got, it was like a game of cops and robbers. Men enjoyed being legendary. Bailey was not only fearless, he was cagey, humorous, music-loving, and sentimental. Read more.
Working Class history
Read about the working class history of the region; and about Dr. David Whisnant's talk on the subject, Thurs., Mar 26, at the Mars Hill College.
Golf history in North Asheville
The original sales office for the Lake View Park development along Beaver Lake later became the clubhouse for the development’s golf course and for the Country Club of Asheville. Read more.
McKinney family legacy of joy
Through several generations in Mitchell County, the McKinneys have passed on a legacy. Read story.
Innocence Project, dateline 1808
Henry West went to the scaffold, was saved last minute, and was later exonerated. Read Asheville history story.
New documents, donated to Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society reveal fascinating stories about pioneer families. Read story.
New book of old documents, brilliantly organized, provide insights. Read feature story about Cherokee society.
Take a narrative tour of Beaverdam Road in North Asheville.
From the now to the 1890s, 1860s, 1830s, and Cherokee times--how we've adapted to winter in WNC. Read here.
N.C. slave narratives
John F. Blair, Publishers has issued a paperback edition of its book, My Folks Don't Want Me to Talk about Slavery. Read more.
The oldest standing building in Asheville, Ravenscroft School, is subject of new book by Dale Slusser. Read more..
South Buncombe's explosive history
From the headless horseman to exploding toilets; with a special focus on Royal Pines, its boom and its special legacy. Read more.
The history of the railroad in WNC includes hazards and accidents; also idyllic luxury. Read story. See about special excursion, Spencer to Biltmore Village, Oct. 13.
National leader found in Whittier
In 1932, Raymond Robins, a prominent politician, vanished for two months; but then was found, apparently amnesiac. Read the mystery.
WNC Remembering Gettysburg
For Americans, it was the deadliest battle in history, 150 years ago. Read about how it happened, and about a Madison County family.
Jim Casada meets Popcorn Sutton
The McClure Legacy
From the Covenanters in Scotland to the home in Fairview, the McClure legacy led to a Social Gospel and a Farmer's Federation. Read more.
Haw Creek community
Further exploring full story of Shelton Laurel in Civil War
See forum article about individuals and loyalties involved in tragic massacre.
Rev. Stephen Morgan, early Baptist leader
Sallie, a member of The Read, and a Morgan descendant, is researching her 5x-great grandfather on her blog.
Save the building; go preservation, go green
The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County conducts a tour, Sat., Mar. 30, of historic downtown buildings that it makes sense to reuse. The 1887 Swannanoa Cleaners building is threatened with demolition--read about it.
How do decent people get caught up in indecent history?
Read stories about Oak Ridge; the Democratic campaign of 1900; the Civil War and Shelton Laurel.
St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines alumnae and preservationists are looking for home for Our Lady of Lourdes grotto on A-B Tech campus. Read more.
The New Year in WNC history
Civil War in WNC myth busted for good
Terrell Garren's new, 588-book, Measured in Blood, looks at every Civil War soldier from Henderson County, with definitive insights about states of mind. Read story, see about events.
Start with Part 1 about the 1930s; then Part 2 about the 1940s; and finally, the upshot. Read the tales.
"My name is John David Carter...My mother gave birth to me at Faith Cottage." Read more at Cliff David's new blog, Inside Eliada Orphanage: An Oral History.
Jerry Sternberg on Seely's Castle
The Boys' Club, in Biltmore Village, est. 1901, had been the first of a group of activities that led to Biltmore Industries, an expression of a craft-making ideal. Read about it.
Anne Listokin writes: "When my dad learned of Uncle Tom's untimely death," he turned "white with shock at the news. For the rest of that day he drove us to the spots he and Uncle Tom had visited on their trip exactly five years earlier." Read her column in the Winston-Salem Journal.
The Highland Messenger, first published in 1840, was an example of soapbox journalism, despite claims to objectivity. Local news came from ads. It is now available online. Read all about it.
by honored storyteller and playwright Gary Carden is performed at Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City, Sept. 25. Read article in Smoky Mountain News.
Read about what it was like among the Woodland Cherokee, based on recorded tales, historical studies, and current traditions.
The image to the left is of Barbara Duncan's The Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories of the Cherokee. See about book at Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
Read the shocking 1916 survival story.
Read further about other floods.
Sink Hole Mine was mica site for centuries. Read the history.
Rosman historians write
Read the Rosman Historical Association's newsletter, including Dan McCalls big article on Family Medical Trees.
In addition to the controversy about construction near the Basilica, there's a movement at Guastavino's home site in Black Mountain. Read David Madden's op-ed. See Make magazine's article on vaulting.
The mountain Mardi Gras that made Asheville famous in the 1930s lives in memories. Read about it.
The Marion Manufacturing cotton mill had been the site of a notable strike in 1929. Read about exhibit at UNC Asheville Ramsey Library and more.
Read Tipper Pressley on planting by the signs
Read the articles on Blind Pig & the Acorn.
The discovery of Hot Springs
Two American scouts--and the larger story. Read about it.
Convicts built the railroad to Asheville
Read about the state program that enabled the contracting of prisoners, mostly African American, by the railroad.
Jack Tales, ballads, trace route to Hot Springs
Read about Harmons and Hicks family in history story.
Riceville history comes alive in photos & text
Read about Anne E. Chesky's new book Riceville: Images of America. Many stories in brief--including "Who killed John Craig?"
Two local guys from the 25th
Lenoir was an old man with a young wife; Henderson, a simple farmer who turned to prayer, Read more.
Chaos theory and local history
Read about 1890 tobacco history and it's meaning for the New Year.
Terrell Garren's Civil War in Henderson book
Elias Boudinot, Cherokee, married missionary's daughter.
Wolfe's ancestry crossed at Gettysburg
Read about Civil War story that Thomas Wolfe elaborated on in O Lost! It involves his father as a boy; and the 26th NC Infantry Regiment.
Reflections on a River
Joan Medlicott's photos of branch of Toe River & Nancy Dillingham's poems--book premiere with authors at Grateful Steps, Dec 9, 6 p.m.
Zeb Vance campaign style led to a duel
Read about August 29, 1859
Robert Conley talks about Cherokee baskets
at Asheville Art Museum, Dec 2. See event info.
Davidson's Fort was launch for Buncombe founders
Read about the founding of Buncombe County in a barn in 1792.
Charles Aycock controversy
N.C.'s progressive governor, Aycock, was member of party with white supremacy platform. Read.
Old Mother Cemetery in Robbinsville
is site of grave of Yancey County Civil War general, John W. McElroy. Read story and see blog about Civil Wargrave recognition.
Read aboutBurton Street pioneer E.W. Pearson, the Agricultural Fair he staged for years, and about West Asheville's revival of the event.
Shaped note singing then & now
Read about singing communities and about a tradition that Quay Smathers and Morning Star Church have perpetuated..
Col. Daniel Coxe once owned "Carolana"
His descendants continued with grand plans in the area. .
Olive Tilford Dargan
had been lionized until she followed her mountain characters toi the mills.
Civil War soldiers at critical bridge
Read about Cherokee County boys and their defense of railroads with Thomas' Legion.
Arthur Murray danced into Asheville
The dance instructor great had come to Asheville as a young man in 1914. Read about it.
1911 in WNC
The New Year beckons us to recognize--and maybe even commemorate--the events and spirit of another era.
Midwest, southwest, here: Allbery
When 22-year old Dolly Parton came to Asheville
there was commotion. Read aboutthe first week in February, 1968.
Asheville Symphony history
The Asheville Symphony, for its 50th Anniversary has published an illustrated and narrative history.
Who were the Whigs, and why so important here?
Thomas Lanier Clingman, pictured above in the 1860s, rode into Asheville in 1836, expecting to lead the Whig debate. Read about it.
When WWII came to Asheville
Ann Kaplowitz, an independent Brooklyn girl, enlisted as a WAC in WWII and ended up in Asheville. Read about
her top secret experiences.
Hail to thee, Lt. Col. William Walker
Fri. 13th, 1946
Read abouttragic Sept. 1946 event, WWII heroes traveling in B-25 crashing into Cold Mountain
Photo, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Anetso--Cherokee ball--is sport and ritual
Read storyand about Michael Zogry's new book; and see schedule of Sept. 17-18 events at festival in Cherokee.
History of the symphony
Read aboutthe origins and rebirth 50 years ago. Learn about the concert schedule. Opening night is Sept. 18.
Grandma passed legacy to adopted grandaughter
Tom Dula, pronounced Dooley, and his world
Read the three-partstory.
Antebellum diary of Flat Rock King
Judge Mitchell King of Charleston was the second Charlestonian after Charles Baring to build a summer home in Flat Rock in the late 1820s and the 1830s. His diaries help reveal who he was and what the "little Charleston of the mountains" phenomenon had been. Read about it, and respond, if you wish.
The Cherokee Nation is looking to save Kituwah.
Duke Energy is attempting to build a $52 million dollar substation near the Kituwah Cherokee ceremonial mounds. See website.
Did you know Zeb Vance was buried three times...
and not one time with Masonic rites? See Rick Frederick's blog, "Asheville and Buncombe County."
Shelton Laurel Massacre updates
See reprinted story and local descendant's question in a forum here.
Mountaintop removal play based on Jeff Biggers' book.
The Coal Free Future Project premieres the play, "Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of Coal," at Asheville Community Theatre, Feb. 5. Read about it.
Thomas Lanier Clingman, his story comes to life.
His gravestone in Riverside Cemetery, indicates a prominent life. He was directly involved in much of the region's 19th century history. Read all about it.
Aston Park exemplified the essential need for neighborhood parks
In the 1940s and 50s Aston Park served as a 10-acre living room for people around South French Broad Ave. in Asheville. See the story, with photos.
Clingman's story rises from his grave. Read.
Hominy Valley history includes Civil War letters
A Tourof WNC Civil War sites.
The History of Mountain Removal and Road Building in WNC
Oakley elders illustrated!
See the growing archive of neighborhood history forums.
New images! Participate in community history and creation
See "Twilight of a Neighborhood"