Category Archives: Asheville history

The Several Lives of West Asheville, Part I: Sulphur Springs as Proto-Land of the Sky, 1827-1861

This post arose initially from my effort to understand the West Asheville of the early 1920s, when both my Whisnant and Rudisill grandparents moved there–the Whisnants from fifteen years in a rental house on South French Broad Avenue  (see earlier … Continue reading

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Family Challenges in the ‘Teens: A Strike, a Flood, and an Epidemic

In my previous post, focused on the daily life of the Whisnant family at 44 South French Broad Avenue from about 1910 into the early 1920s, I noted that–owning to their complexity–three episodes would be held for a subsequent post. … Continue reading

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Glimpses into the Daily Lives of the Whisnants

My previous post conveyed as much as I have been able to discover about the “little house behind the big house” setting of the Whisnant family’s life on Asheville’s South French Broad Avenue during the second decade of the century. … Continue reading

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Working Class Family Behind the Big House: Asbury, Ella, and Their Children: 1907-1918

Living Large and Small: Class and Difference on an In-town Estate This post examines the place where Asbury and Ella lived with their family for fifteen years after 1907, and seeks to employ the resulting narrative–which arches across race, class, and culture–to understand a … Continue reading

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Our Mountain Home: Asbury’s Encounter with a Changing Asheville, 1900-1907

A rapidly growing and changing Asheville, 1900-1907: Victor Talking Machines, a street railway workers’ union, black and Jewish professionals and entrepreneurs, bars and tourist hotels, and moving pictures at the Gayety Theater. Continue reading

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Retrospective I: A Primer on the Sad Truths of Slavery in Asheville, Buncombe County and Western North Carolina

In a previous post (How Did 1900 Asheville Happen?: A Retrospective in Five Parts–1850-1900), I indicated that over the next while I would be intermittently preparing a series of retrospective posts looking at a question about pre-1900 Asheville:  How did Asheville move … Continue reading

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