Asheville: A History

Asheville: A History

by Nan K. Chase
     
 

Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. The city experienced a quick rise to prosperity in the late 19th century under the influence of wealthy benefactors including George W. Vanderbilt and E.W. Grove. A devastating downturn

Overview

Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. The city experienced a quick rise to prosperity in the late 19th century under the influence of wealthy benefactors including George W. Vanderbilt and E.W. Grove. A devastating downturn during the Great Depression was followed by slow economic revitalization up until the late 1970s. In the 1990s, however Asheville entered boom time, a period that reestablished the city as a popular retreat for tourists, artists, and retirees.

Here in this book is all the fascinating history of Asheville, complete with a rich array of photographs. Multiple appendices reveal details concerning many lesser-known aspects of Asheville's unique history, including city buildings designed by architects Richard Sharp Smith and Douglas D. Ellington, and city projects funded by philanthropist Julian Price.

Editorial Reviews

Carolina Mountain Life
addictive, fascinating, solidly researched, comprehensible organized, and very, very difficult to leave behind before you've finished it
WNC Magazine
essential...impressive...remarkably comprehensive text
Western North Carolina Heritage
comprehensive...insightful

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786431762
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/12/2007
Series:
Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies, #19
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
291
Sales rank:
1,097,721
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Freelance writer Nan K. Chase lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Our State and Southern Living among others.

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