A painting of the N.W. Woodfin house by John Holland. It is presumed that the figure on the porch is N.W. Woodfin. The home stood at what is now the corner of Broadway and Woodfin St., the approximate location of HomeTrust Bank. His property reached into where the UNC Asheville botanical gardens are today, this … Continue reading Confronting the Legacy of N.W. Woodfin: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities
"Skatemobiles" by Andrea Clark. ACC 57-08 Henry Robinson wrote in 1992 about his childhood community of Southside--a mournful eulogy really, to a place that no longer exists--that the sprawling community "stretched over 400 acres from Biltmore Avenue westward to the French Broad River." Robinson informs us today that it was "the largest residential area for … Continue reading Southside: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities
The Creation of a Public School System for the City of Asheville, 1887-1888 Looking down on Asheville with a distant view of the first Battery Park Hotel built in 1886. Eagle Street is in the center of the photo curving around a stand of trees. L473-8 Setting Up the System and Hiring the Teachers Asheville … Continue reading ASHEVILLE’S FIRST CITY SCHOOLS FOR BLACK STUDENTS, Part Three: Builders of Black Schools
When I went searching our database for sources to write this edition of 52 Weeks, 52 Communities I had one thought when the results came back: “This cannot be it.” Alas, this seems to be the only historical image of the Shiloh Community in the North Carolina Collection here at Pack Memorial Library. "Shiloh Baptist … Continue reading The only historical image of Shiloh? 52 Weeks, 52 Communities.
"View of the Mountains from a Villa in Kenilworth, Asheville, NC" Postcard Of all the communities on our list, one of the most photographed besides Downtown Asheville, may be Kenilworth. This Asheville Suburb in the southeast part of the city sprung onto the scene in the late 1910's and rose in popularity into the 1920's … Continue reading A Kenilworth Research Album: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities
“On the west side of Asheville between Patton and Haywood/A community holds on, tries to create a sustainable model, /Relationship-building between people/What can I say: Burton Street?” -DeWayne Barton “Burton Street Working Together” from 27 Views of Asheville, Eno Publishers, ed. We have discussed the Burton Street Community a few times this year, especially highlighting … Continue reading Working Together on Burton Street: 52 Weeks, 52 Communities
The North Carolina Room received a call from someone--with both musical and local history interests--asking if there really was a collapse of the Swannanoa Tunnel, as the song, "Swannanoa Tunnel" relates? I said I would send him an article about it, thinking in a free moment I would just slap the article on the scanner and have it off to him. … Continue reading Black Lives Built Western North Carolina Railroad