Stories with Heritage

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Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel Summer

The Beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The seed was planted for a scenic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains when North Carolina geologist Joseph Hyde Pratt proposed a mountain toll roll stretching from Marion, VA, to Tallulah, GA. World War I halted work on the road, but the idea of a scenic road persisted. The construction of the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park turned into a serendipitous event when President

Grayline Asheville Trolley Tours

5 Awesome Ways to Explore Asheville’s Rich History

Unlock the Secrets to Asheville’s Storied Past Hidden among the tree-lined streets of Asheville lies a rich history waiting to be discovered. Take a trip back in time with local historians to learn how our thriving mountain town came to be, and about the amazing people who helped shape it along the way. Whether you prefer traveling by foot or by bus, in a group or solo, these are five of the

6 Things You Didn't Know About Biltmore Village

6 Things You Didn't Know About Biltmore Village

Street cars, fancy fast food and what's coming next When George Vanderbilt and his team of architectural experts built the 250-room mansion and developed the (then) 120,000-acre estate that became Biltmore , they did so with a broad vision for the role the estate would play in the local community. Beginning in the 1890s, architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape designer Frederick Law

City & County Buildings Reflected

How Asheville's 50-Year Debt Paid Off In Architectural Treasures

  • July 21, 2015

Built For the Ages Asheville is a city where architecture has stood still for several generations. Prior to the stock market crash of 1929, Asheville was a boomtown. It served as a home for the Vanderbilts, a resort for Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and other historic luminaries, and a mecca for rising young architects following in the footsteps of one of the masters, Richard Morris Hunt, who built