Stories with History

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Joe Greene

African American Voices Speak of Rich History and Vibrant Future

We meet our guide Joe Greene at the WRES studio next to Jack of the Wood on Patton Avenue, as the groovy sounds of R&B, soul, and funk emanate from the station’s speakers. The music brings smiles and an occasional booty shake from passersby. Soaking in the lively bustle of modern downtown Asheville, one could easily overlook the city’s history and the voices of people who worked

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay atop

Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville

50 Things to Do in Asheville

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this Southern Appalachia getaway, here are 50 ideas to help you see, do, and explore the best Asheville has to offer. #1 Downtown Asheville

Moog Factory Synth

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band that isn’t using a Moog instrument, and each one is made by hand right here in Asheville. The Moog factory opened its headquarters in 2011

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Video Thumbnail - youtube - Jerry Read Smith - Making Dulcimers in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

Locally Crafted Instruments Lend Melodies a Blue Ridge Ring Enthusiasts of Appalachian music are likely familiar with the whimsical sounds of dulcimers, instruments that have a rich legacy tied to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jerry Read Smith, a local craftsman who has made more than 8,000 musical instruments, builds hammered dulcimers in his workshop in the nearby town of Black Mountain. The

St. Lawrence Basilica

Asheville’s Awe-Inspiring Church

Visiting the Basilica of St. Lawrence A European Master Comes to Asheville Described as “The Paris of the South,” Asheville can boast some keen similarities to the “City of Lights,” especially those reminiscent of the Left Bank: bohemian street performers, art gallery upon art gallery, busy sidewalk cafes and of course the food scene is tres magnifique .  But there is

A statue of Olmstead lives at the NC Arboretum in Asheville

A Sense of Place: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Legendary Landscapes

See Designer’s Vision Blossom in Asheville He designed New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park; the city of Pinehurst, North Carolina, the landscape surrounding the U.S. Capitol. He pioneered not only landscape architecture but also conservation in America, and there are few places where the genius of Frederick Law Olmsted is better preserved than at Biltmore in Asheville. His design

Artisan Weavers at Fiber Day

Weaving Wonders: Asheville’s Rich Farm to Spindle Heritage

Get a Feel for Mountain Fiber Arts The natural fiber tradition runs deep in Western North Carolina. Spinning, knitting, weaving and felting are literally part of the region’s fabric. Some say that the tradition of selling functional weavings began 40 miles north of Asheville at a Presbyterian mission located on a remote crossroads near the Tennessee border. It was here in 1856 at

Autumn glory in the Smokies

An Eden Still Unspoiled

George Masa, Horace Kephart and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park There was drama in the mountains of Western North Carolina back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had nothing to do with prohibition and moonshine. One need only read Serena , Ron Rash’s riveting novel set in the region’s rich timber country (or see the movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to

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