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The Several Lives of West Asheville, Part III: Edwin Carrier in West Asheville

Quick Take on the Early Years: Incorporation, De-/Re-incorporation, Annexation, and Mini-Boom, 1889-1925 When West Asheville–already on the way toward development and modernization–was incorporated on February 9, 1889, the language of the Act had the quaint, old-fashioned flavor of an early … 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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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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Mid-Course Correction: Ella Goes to (Mid-Course) Asheville, 1907

  A previous post explored Ella Austin’s and Asbury Whisnant’s lives during the post-Civil War years–before they both took jobs at the State Hospital at Morganton around 1894.  Another focused on the State Hospital at Morganton’s development before and during the years … 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 at the End of the Line: Asbury and Ella

My grandparents Asbury Whisnant (1872-1955) and Sarah Ella Austin  (1869-1942) both grew up down the mountain, and came to the Land of the Sky as adults–he to find a job in 1900, and her in 1907 to marry him and raise a … Continue reading

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