Catawba Grapes and Scenic Views of Old Charlotte Highway in Cane Creek: 52 Weeks 52 Communities

It’s hard to say exactly where the Cane Creek community begins and ends. Maybe the area between the Limestone and Fairview fire districts? Is it a mile-wide corridor along the entire length of Cane Creek stretching plumb from South Asheville nearly to Gerton? It’s really hard to say, but however you want to describe the … Continue reading Catawba Grapes and Scenic Views of Old Charlotte Highway in Cane Creek: 52 Weeks 52 Communities

Strange, But True…..

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…..

The Tale of Big Boy

In mid-June of 1939 a yellow-trimmed, red trailer home equipped with air conditioning, 2 sound systems, and electric lights rolled into downtown Asheville. Emblazoned on the sides of the trailer were the words "Big Boy". The following advertisement appeared in the local newspaper. Big Boy was born in Black Mountain in 1934 as the only … Continue reading The Tale of Big Boy

Glen Inglis Defunct City Ghost Town Buncombe County North Carolina Postcard 1908

I love an intriguing, if not hyperbolic description of an item on eBay like the one I stumbled on the other day.  I couldn't resist the allure of a "ghost town" in Buncombe County, let alone one named Glen Inglis. I placed my bid, even without being able to decipher the postmark in the photo. … Continue reading Glen Inglis Defunct City Ghost Town Buncombe County North Carolina Postcard 1908

Professor J.H. Michael’s Early Work to Further the Education of Black Teachers–Asheville 1915-1921

John Henry Michael was born in Alabama in 1867. He was the son of Robert Lee and Martha Michael. J.H. Michael graduated from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and from Branch Normal of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (1) He married Lela B. in 1895. Michael was hired in 1901 to serve as principal of Asheville's Catholic … Continue reading Professor J.H. Michael’s Early Work to Further the Education of Black Teachers–Asheville 1915-1921

Jimmie’s Waffle Shop

Mention Paradise Chinese Restaurant, The Hot Shot, or The Silver Dollar and folks of a certain age (including yours truly) can wax eloquent on southern-fried chicken at the Paradise or after-the-bars-closed biscuits and gravy breakfasts at the Hot Shot. I think I might have enjoyed the menu in the paneled interior of Jimmie’s Waffle Shop … Continue reading Jimmie’s Waffle Shop