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“At summer’s end [of 1914], Arthur went from Marblehead [Mass.] to the Battery Park Hotel, a sprawling resort sitting on its own 40-acre hill in the middle of Asheville. “Almost at once he became the favorite dancing partner of Mrs. George Vanderbilt. At nearby Biltmore he taught young Cornelia Vanderbilt the currently popular Lulu-Fado. “The […]

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–  “Yes, Dear, a Battleship; No, Dear, I’m Cold-Sober” – Ken Burns missed quite a scene at the Eureka Saloon. – $30 for a year’s worth of “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory.” – Memphis, Gibson. Nashville, Fender. Asheville, Moog. – “We wish to negotiate with you about the Bodys of the twins….”    

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– Tourism insurgents: “There’s more to Mount Airy than Mayberry.” – Barbecue Confidential: “It’s so minimalist — dressed with only a little bit of vinegar, salt and pepper. It’s hard to argue with that.” – But really, Mr. Bourdain, for an old-fashioned barbecue tempeh sandwich you still can’t beat Asheville.

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– If Western North Carolina was so big on Unionism, why weren’t its legislators? – 18th century “stone” dollhouse from defunct Old Salem Toy Museum blows away auction estimate. – I hadn’t realized that Pearl Fryar, the topiary wizard (and movie star) of Bishopville, S.C., had such extensive roots in Clinton and Durham. And he’s […]

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On this day in 1932: At Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery, F.W. Von Prittwitz, German ambassador to the United States, dedicates a monument to 18 German sailors who died of typhoid while imprisoned nearby during World War I. “Germany is happy to find herself in the same line with the United States when she advocates disarmament. . […]

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– Looking for the Lost Colony in all the wrong places? – “Bear hunting highlights Asheville’s cultural divide” – Who you calling “Buddy row“? – How a Confederate veteran did right by five Union dead in Richmond County. – Neogenealogists eager to shepherd black sheep. – Can Vollis Simpson “put Wilson on the map”?

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“At the Asheville, N.C., City College last fortnight Dean Henry Dexter Learned gave students, including girls, permission to smoke in the college building between classes. An outraged Board of Education planned to oust Dr. Learned…. The Dean calmly explained: ‘If nobody smoked cigarets what would happen to the public school system of North Carolina? This […]

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In addition to Mexico, why did you choose Asheville, North Carolina as a main location for this story? “In the early months as I laid out the plot, I cast around for a setting for the U.S. portion of my story: a medium-sized city within a day’s drive of Washington, whose history I could research […]

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– The Asheville Citizen-Times offers a nicely done page of local historical photos. A 1943 shot raises the question: Might there also have been a Colored Transportation Co., or was that purpose adequately served by the back of the White Transportation bus? – Also in the Citizen-Times: lots and lots of coverage of May Day […]

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Death noted: Asheville native Jim Leeson, civil-rights-era journalist, May 3 in Franklin, Tenn. He was 79. The New York Times obit centers on his historically-invaluable taping of a 1951 radio broadcast describing the scene at a black man’s public execution in Laurel, Miss., but a fuller account of Leeson’s life can be found at A […]

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