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 have worked in the North Carolina Room for over 22 years, and I never knew--or even had a glimpse--of this part of Asheville's history: the huge impact of Jewish merchants on downtown Asheville. Whole blocks of stores on Asheville's main streets, South and North Main, Patton Avenue and Haywood Street, were owned by Jewish … Continue reading “Missing History: The Family Store.” An Incredible Look at Impact of Jewish Merchants on Downtown Asheville.