Everyone who comes to visit western North Carolina, and in particular the city of Asheville, comes to visit The Biltmore Estate. The Estate is almost unrivaled in its historical grandeur and beauty, both inside the main house as well as out. In fact, its lush gardens are arguably some of the most exquisitely beautiful in … Continue reading Gifford Pinchot in WNC
Black. Mountain. College. It seems to be everywhere lately! Over at the Swannanoa Valley Museum, visitors are always asking about Black Mountain College. Where was it? What was it? Do we have an exhibit? Can I still go there? I’m here, right here and right now to answer a few of those questions and point … Continue reading Black Mountain College Mania!
In August 1965 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Montreat Conference Center and delivered a speech there concerning faith, morality, the Church, and racial segregation. As we remember his legacy, perhaps take the time to go to an event; there are many around Asheville on Monday and throughout the week. If you can’t attend an … Continue reading MLK Visits Montreat
In just a couple of weeks, the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center will feature their annual haunted house tours! This event is always a blast as costumed actors guide visitors through a large home decked out with historical decorations while they view scenes from before, during, and after the building of the WNC railroad. … Continue reading Col. Alexander B. Andrews “Hero” of the WNC Railroad & Haunted Tours hosted by the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center
Hurt, R. Douglas. Agriculture and the Confederacy: policy, Productivity, and Power in the Civil War South. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015) 364 pp. $45.00. At the onset of the Civil War, the Confederate Leadership and citizenry remained confident in their ability to feed their newly independent nation and win a … Continue reading Review: R. Douglas Hurt’s Agriculture and the Confederacy
“It was like racin’ an airplane through a shopping mall,”[i] remembered Charley Brown, the winner of the Billy Joe Pressley Memorial. It was the last race held at Asheville Motor Speedway. NASCAR, the National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing, made its way to Asheville, North Carolina in 1951.[ii] NASCAR was nothing new to the … Continue reading Racin’ on the River: The Gentrification of Asheville Motor Speedway
The Southern Appalachian Mountains are one of the most frequently misunderstood regions, both culturally and historically, in the United States. Perceptions of the region as backward, generally free of slavery, loyally Unionist, and sequestered from the rest of the nation were frequent and pervasive in the late nineteenth and into the twentieth … Continue reading Book Review: Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge By Steven E. Nash