Tag Archives: Land of the Sky

The Down Side of the Land of the Sky: The Rudisills in Asheville and West Asheville, 1922-1951

This post is lovingly and admiringly dedicated to my father-in-law Frank Joseph Mitchell (February 12, 1927 – July 25, 2017).  Lifelong student, prodigious reader, indefatigable writer, fearless preacher and unforgettable teacher.  Eager, thoughtful and valued reader of this blog.  Always … Continue reading

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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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Cotton Mill Colic vs. the Land of the Sky: From Gastonia to Asheville

The nearly two dozen posts I have published so far have focused on the Whisnant family, the first of whom entered the North Carolina Piedmont in the 1750s.  My Whisnant grandparents, Asbury and Ella, moved up the mountain to the so-called Land … 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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How’s That Again?: Some New Angles on Asheville and Western North Carolina History

  Perennial Problems with “Land of the Sky” History Since it first appeared in 1875, the “Land of the Sky” descriptor for Asheville has been perennially present, enticing and marketable. At the same time, however, it is important to realize … Continue reading

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