Tag Archives: Christian Reid

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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Asbury’s Asheville: 1900-1907

For Starters: Some Guesses as to Why Asbury Chose Asheville Although the romantic designation as the Land of the Sky was bestowed upon Asheville in Christian Reid’s 1875 novel, this 1883 drawing in early historian Foster A. Sondley’s Asheville and Buncombe … Continue reading

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“The Land of the Sky”: How a Phrase Went So Far, So Fast, and Lasted So Long

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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“The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: A Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck

One of a three-part series, best read in order: 1.  Asheville as “The Land of the Sky”: The Novel, and a Phrase That Stuck 2. “The Land of the Sky”: A Brief Guide to the Novel and Its Moment 3. “The … Continue reading

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