Hendersonville and Flat Rock: An Intimate Portrait by Terry Ruscin
Whatever your acquaintance with Western North Carolina, you will discover within these pages a trove of regional treasures. Newcomers, longtime residents, natives and visitors alike will delight in the many highlights of this alluring corner of the Great Smoky Mountains, in one of our country's most breathtaking, celebrated areas. With a warm, insightful style, Ruscin takes you on a journey to the early nineteenth century, when the city of Hendersonville and the village of Flat Rock were beginning to blossom in their roles as beloved North Carolina destinations. Meet the founding fathers and their descendants. Explore historic homes and churches. Discover the fascinating details of Henderson County's stately courthouse and Hendersonville's train depot, and tour a farmstead in the heart of the county. Then, return to the present with stunning photography and revel in all that the region offers today--from Hendersonville and Flat Rock to nearby mountain villages like Saluda, Brevard an
Terry Ruscin is an author, photographer, historian and retired advertising executive. Ruscin is a member of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society, Historic Flat Rock Inc., Hendersonville's Design Review Advisory Committee overseeing the city's historic districts and a commissioner with the Henderson County Historic Resources Commission. Hilliard Staton is a retired senior vice-president working within the securities industry. He has served on the Board of European Options Exchange, the Dutch Commodities Industry Association and served for fourteen years as a captain in the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. Staton has been involved in the local community through the North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and the Blue Ridge Community College Foundation. He lives in Hendersonville.
Table of Contents
Foreword 9 Preface: An Intimate Tour 11 Acknowledgements 12 Introduction: The Birth of a Mountain County 13 History in Stone and Wood Mountain Lodge 15 Argyle 19 Brookland 24 Chanteloup 29 Connemara 32 More Historic Structures at Flat Rock 34 Beyond Flat Rock 38 Just Folks Louise Howe Bailey 58 The Reverend Dr George Alexander Jones 63 Scott Treadway 66 Tom Reeves 68 Angela Hayes 70 Bonnie Fox 73 Mountain Traditions Henderson County Curb Market 76 Apple Pickin' Time 80 Accent on Southern Living 83 In Celebration of Black Bears 85 Hendersonville's Annual Tulip Extravaganza 88 Leaf Peepin' 90 Noteworthy 91 That Ol'-time Religion 92 Day Trippin' Black Mountain 98 Brevard 100 Cashiers and Whitewater Falls 103 Highlands 107 Dillsboro 110 Waynesville 113 Weaverville and the Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace 115 Burnsville 117 Saluda and Pearson's Falls Glen 120 Landrum 123 Epilogue: Touring Western North Carolina 127 Henderson County Events and Sites 129 Bibliography 137 Also Terry Ruscin 141 Index 142