Land of the Sky. New Age Mecca. Paris of the South San Francisco of the East. Asheville, North Carolina is all of these things and more!
Throughout the 20th Century, this city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains established itself as an artisan city, chock full of beautiful art deco buildings, and home and retreat for artists such as Thomas Wolfe, Bill Monroe, and Nina Simone. But what made this land so special? Take a journey with author Douglas Stuart McDaniel as he takes a look at the rich history of this beautiful city.
Native American tribes, including Cherokee, Creek, and Shawano, passed through Asheville and Western North Carolina, building towns and villages along the banks of the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers for more than 1,000 years. The first white settlers arrived in the Swannanoa Valley in October of 1784. After the Civil War, Asheville became a haven for the wealthy elite of Charleston and Philadelphia; as the resort era blossomed, so too did Asheville. Second only to Miami in its treasure trove of Art Deco landmarks, Asheville is an architectural and historical time capsule of national significance. It is a community with a rich heritage and history in the arts, including textiles, pottery, and modernist art.
Today Asheville is at a crossroads; attempting to balance the environmental and natural attractions of the area with commercial development is and will be one of Asheville's greatest challenges. Including archival photographs and rich with information, Asheville is a must have for both residents and visitors to this beautiful city.
About the Author
Author Douglas Stuart McDaniel was raised in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is a community activist and historic preservationist concerned with the revitalization of historic neighborhoods. Doug and his wife restore old homes and publish several websites, including RestoreAsheville.org and RestoreKnoxville.com. This is his first book.