Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Remembering the Kenhurst lodge North Carolina Room Friend Cliff Lively is the current resident of the stately home on Elk Mountain Highway that was known for 30 years as Kenhurst Lodge.   We thank Mr. Lively for lending the Library his collection of material relating to the Lodge, including guests' letters, brochures, guest book, guest registers, and a … Continue reading Remembering the Kenhurst Lodge on Elk Mountain Scenic Highway

Update on Arden: Some Notes on Enslaved Labor in Buncombe County

We’re posting an addendum to our Instagram post on Arden thanks to the really insightful question posed by local writer Ami Worthen (@amiwhoa) in the comments. Our original post read, “The painting featured depicts “Struan” a home built in the Arden area in 1847 by Alexander Robertson, a wealthy rice planter from South Carolina who … Continue reading Update on Arden: Some Notes on Enslaved Labor in Buncombe County

Local Hand Crafts Also Made the Market as Souvenirs

The North Carolina Room, Pack Memorial Library currently has on exhibit through September, four exhibit cases highlighting Asheville Tourism Souvenirs. Of course, the exhibit set us on a research binge, trying to find out all that we could about the local souvenir trade and how it developed. This is the fifth of an ongoing series, sharing some … Continue reading Local Hand Crafts Also Made the Market as Souvenirs

Appalachian Rustic Souvenirs

The Appalachians have long been noted for the rugged individualism of their inhabitants. The terrain was and is difficult, limiting its occupants’ employment. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century the area was conducive to small farms, cottage industries and the lone artisan. With rhododendron, mountain laurel, chestnut, hickory, willow and oak prevalent in … Continue reading Appalachian Rustic Souvenirs

Tourist Court Expedition Taken by Library Staff

Fearing that tourist courts were fast disappearing, Library Director Ed Sheary and North Carolina Room staff Ann Wright, Zoe Rhine, and Peggy Gardner made a Tourist Court Expedition in August 2000. Our aim was to document as many tourist courts and their signage as we could in the day. Major roads coming into Asheville were surveyed for remaining motor or … Continue reading Tourist Court Expedition Taken by Library Staff

Tourists’ Camps

Who were the early tourist pioneers and where did they stay? Before there were tourists' courts, there were automobile tourists' camps. They were most typically, in this area, cabins or shacks. "Tourists' Camps" found its own subject listing in the business section of the Asheville city directories in 1936, which listed three camps:"Babblin Brook" on the Weaverville … Continue reading Tourists’ Camps