Asheville City’s Sunday Blue Laws

What were Asheville's Sunday Blue Laws? They are a little hard to pin down and they changed over time. Sunday legislation in general featured the idea of "rest for toilers and the assurance of avoiding giving offense by noise and tumult." Many cities and states had them, and some still do. It is still illegal to sell … Continue reading Asheville City’s Sunday Blue Laws


I joined the staff at Pack Memorial Library in 1990 when I took the position of Special Collections Librarian.  Lewis Buck was my closest associate in the North Carolina section.  As I studied to get up to speed on Asheville history, he steered me toward the brief histories of Asheville and Buncombe County in Cabins … Continue reading REMEMBERING SARAH UPCHURCH

Photograph Display: Photographer’s Painted Backdrops and Props

I have looked at lots of nineteenth century portrait photographs, but have never paid much attention to the backdrops used by most photographers during this era. Apparently, this is a common oversight. Photographers were given awards at exhibitions for backdrops, props and accessories.  They had become so popular that they became a part of every … Continue reading Photograph Display: Photographer’s Painted Backdrops and Props

Great Blue Heron Visiting Montford

Joe Newman lives on Soco Street in Asheville's historic Montford neighborhood.  He is the editor of the Montford Newsletter. He sent us these photographs and note: "This beautiful crane is off his migratory course.  He's been in Montford for a couple of days now.  I first spotted him on Ross and Trudy Terry's roof yesterday, but it was … Continue reading Great Blue Heron Visiting Montford