And welcome to The State of Buncombe! This blog is meant to discuss the people and history of Western North Carolina. You’re probably wondering, Why call a county a state? And that would be a valid point. Thus, a little background information is necessary.
The proposal for a new county in the western part of North Carolina was put before the North Carolina General Assembly 1791 by David Vance Senior (the grandfather of future NC governor, Zebulon Baird Vance) and William Davidson, and held it’s first session of court in April of 1792. At its inception, Buncombe bordered South Carolina and Tennessee. Thus, many called the new county “the State of Buncombe” because of its shear size. Since it was founded, it has been divided into 10 separate counties. So, not only is this blog about the present-day Buncombe County, but about the surrounding counties as well.
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western North Carolina has beautiful scenery, but in the beginning that beautiful scenery made for isolation, poor transportation, and less than comfortable living conditions for the very first settlers. Internal improvements would be the cry of frontiersmen for a great deal of the 19th century. Today, the mountain views draw visitors from all over the country. The influx of people has created a difficult economic situation for Buncombe’s now world-famous county seat, Asheville, not to mention brought flocks of “snowbirds” interested to learn about the region’s history.
As a native resident of the county, I have always been interested in its history. Currently, I am working toward my undergraduate degree in History at UNC Asheville. There, my love of the region’s history and culture have been solidified, and discovering the region’s history has been my passion. This blog is not only to discuss The State Of Buncombe’s past, however. Here I will discuss Buncombe’s history, culture both past and present, and the effect historical memory has on residents of the former “State of Buncombe” in the present day. From quick essays on historical topics to oral history interviews, and reports on travel and events, The State Of Buncombe will be a place for all sorts of information about present-day Buncombe County and beyond.
Thank you for visiting, and stay tuned for upcoming posts and new page additions!