Asheville History

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A Brief History of the Area

During the early years Asheville was known as Morristown (1794) and Buncombe Courthouse. In 1797 the town was officially incorporated and named Asheville in honor of North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.

As roads and the railroad through the mountains were developed, Asheville became the destination for relaxation, as the beautiful scenery made it an ideal health resort town. In the early 1900s, George Vanderbilt began construction of his summer home - one of the most beautiful locations in the valley, the Biltmore Estate, on over 45,000 acres.

The true boom era of Asheville's history came during the "Roaring 20's" with the development of residential subdivisions and new buildings such as the Jackson Building, City Building, Buncombe County Courthouse, Grove Arcade, and Battery Park. Art Deco still stands proudly downtown, and Asheville has earned the reputation of having the most restored buildings in the Southeast besides Miami Beach.

During the Great Depression, FDR's New Deal brought jobs and two great additions- the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Asheville is renowned for its natural beauty, vibrant arts community, and friendly neighbors. We welcome you to become part of our mountains, making this amazing area your home.

Surrounded by Blue Ridge Mountains, the downtown area provides the atmosphere of a small city but also the cultural opportunities of a large metropolis. Whether you are looking for your dream vacation home, or ready to permanently make the mountains your home, the team at Town and Mountain Realty are ready to help!

Here is some great Asheville History from 1943!

"Col. Bob Morgan flies the B-17 "Memphis Bell" between the Asheville City Hall and the Buncombe County Court House departing his home town during the Bell's National War Bond Tour, 1943.

In his book "The Man Who Flew the Memphis Bell," Col. Morgan relates, "After dodging flak and Messerschmitts over Germany, flying a B-17 between the County Court House and Asheville City Hall was a piece of cake, even if I did have to bank the plane on a sixty-degree angle. Rattled a few windows, though."

According to his wife, Linda, the buildings are 74 feet apart and the B-17 has a 103 foot wing span."

Asheville has earned new titles to add to our long history of accolades:

2012

Readers of Cond Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate as one of the top 75 spas on the U.S. mainland. (June 2012)

Outside magazine and American Rivers name Asheville among America's best river towns . (June 2012)

Asheville maintains its "Beer City USA" reign , tying with Grand Rapids, Mich. in the fourth year of an online poll posted on Examiner.com. (May 2012)

2011

Users of TripAdvisor.com pick three Asheville B&Bs among the Top 25 in the U.S. The Reynolds Mansion (#2), Biltmore Village Inn (#8) and 1900 Inn on Montford (#20) all take top honors.

TripAdvisor.com lists Asheville as one of its " 15 Destinations on the Rise ." (December 2011)

Zagat.com included Firestorm Cafe & Books in a list of the " 10 Coolest Independent Coffee Shops Across the US ."

Cond Nast Traveler 's annual Reader's Choice Awards Poll chose two Asheville properties among the best in the nation . The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was rated a Top U.S. Resort, and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was rated at Top U.S. Hotel.

Asheville is named "Best Place to Start a Fall Foliage Tour" by Livabiliy.com (October 2011)

The editors of Prevention magazine and Fitbie rank Asheville as the #5 best U.S. city for weight loss , thanks to a wide variety of options for finding farm fresh food choices. (October 2011)

Asheville comes in at #10 in TripAdvisor.com's Travelers' Choice Awards for top food and wine destinations in the U.S. (October 2011)

Good Morning America featured Asheville as one of its "Most Beautiful Places in America." (August 2011)

DogFriendly.com released its list of "Top 10 Resort Areas to Visit with your Dog" in the U.S. and named Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway as #2. (August 2011)

Yoga Journal magazine includes Asheville in its list of "10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns." (August 2011)

Asheville again rises to the top of AmericanStyle magazine's Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations , narrowly beating Santa Fe in the annual readers' poll. (May 2011)

Online poll on Examiner.com: " Asheville, BeerCity USA 2011 makes it a three-pete " Asheville won with more than 46% of the vote and significant support from outside North Carolina. (May 2011)

Livability lists McCormick Field, the home of the Asheville Tourists, as one of the top 10 minor league stadiums . (March 2011)

The Donald Ross-designed course at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa makes the reader-nominated list of "125 Top Golf Resorts." (April 2011)

Fodors.com names Asheville as one of the " 21 Places We're Going in 2011 ," highlighting the city's food and drink scene and its artsy vibe. (January 2011)

The Traveler's Choice Awards on TripAdvisor.com named the Residences at Biltmore the #23 hotel in the nation. (January 2011)

2010

TripAdvisor.com: Asheville was named #1 place to view fall foilage in 2010 . (September 2010)

White House Statement: During President Obamas spring vacation in Asheville, White House spokeswoman Moira Mack issued the following statement, The president first visited the Asheville area during the campaign, and he liked it so much that he vowed to take his family there. The president and first lady are planning to spend a quiet weekend enjoying some of the many things this beautiful part of the country has to offer. (April 2010)

Online Poll Posted on Examiner.com: Asheville holds onto its title as Beer City USA . (May 2010)

AmericanStyle.com: Asheville was ranked the number one small city (population under 100,000) for the arts in their annual Top 25 Arts Destinations readers poll. (May 2010)

Livability.com: Ranked Asheville one of their 10 most surprisingly vibrant food cities . (April 2010)

Sherman's Travel: Named Asheville as one of its top 10 spring getaways . (March 2010)

Golf Magazine: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spas Donald Ross designed golf course was honored as a new gold medal winner in the 12 th edition of their Premier Resorts ranking. More than 6,000 readers cast votes on Golf.com to determine the winners. (March 2010)

TopRetirements.com: Asheville was rated number one in TopRetirement.coms list of the most popular retirement towns for 2010. (February 2010)

RateBeer.com: This craft beer aficionado Web site named several Asheville area restaurants, breweries and craft beer stores in their annual RateBeer Best 2010 . (January 2010)

Bruisin Ales Number three best beer retailer worldwide
The Thirsty Monk Number 41 Beer Bar
Barleys Taproom & Pizzeria Number 27 Beer Restaurant
Mellow Mushroom Number 41 Beer Restaurant
Highland Brewing Number 26 Brewery to Visit
Wedge Brewery Number 43 Brewpub

Southern Living: In the magazines Best of the South Travel Awards, Ashevilles Little Pigs BBQ placed second in the best barbecue in North Carolina category. (January 2010)

Points North: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa made Points North list of the editorial staffs top 10 favorite resorts in the Southeast and the Caribbean isles. (January 2010)

Travel+Leisure: Ashevilles Inn on Biltmore Estate and Richmond Hill Inn were named in the magazines " 500 Best Hotels " list. (January 2010)

2009

Byways: Named Asheville as one of the magazine's " Top 50 North American Group Tour Destinations of 2010. " (December 2009)

Shermans Travel: The online travel resource, Shermans Travel, named the Blue Ridge Parkway in their list of Top 10 Value Destinations for 2010 . (December 2009)

U.S. News & World Report: Named Asheville as one of America's Best Affordable Places to Retire. (September 28, 2009)

USA Todays Road Warrior Panel: A panel of 1,000+ travelers who voluntarily provide travel information for USA Today named Asheville as one of their top cities for business trips . Asheville got high marks from the panel for its great arts and music scene; a community mix of mountain folk, bohemians, business people and highly educated locals; wonderful outdoors lifestyle and fly-fishing; and organic Caribbean-Cuban-Mexican-Jamaican food at Salsa Mexican Caribbean Restaurant. (August 12, 2009)

HuffingtonPost.com: Named Asheville as one of its Top 10 Undiscovered Local Food Cities. (August 2009)

Imbibe Magazines Internet Poll: Asheville took first place with over 55% of the votes as Best Craft Beer City in America. (July 2009)

DogFriendly.com: Released its Top 10 Dog-Friendly Resort Regions in the U.S. and named Asheville as one of the best vacation spots to visit with your dog. (June 23, 2009)

Online Poll Posted on Examiner.com: Asheville won the East Coast title for Beer City U.S.A. in an online poll posted by founder of the American Homebrewers Association Charlie Papazian on Examiner.com. (May 2009)

AmericanStyle: For the second year, Asheville held the number two spot in the small cities category (population under 100,000) in the annual Top 25 Arts Destinations readers poll. (April 2009)

Forbes.com: In their 11 th annual ranking of the Best Places for Business and Careers, Asheville ranked as #6 in the top metro areas category. (March 25, 2009)

D.K. Shifflet & Associates: This leading travel and tourism research company ranked Asheville as a top 10 value destination for couples in search of romance on its list of cities with the best value for the money . Asheville came in third place, beating out Nashville, San Diego, San Francisco, Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas. (February 2009)

Southern Living: Announced their Best of the South Readers Choice Awards and readers of the magazine recognized these Asheville favorites:

  • Best Breakfast or Brunch Restaurant Moose Caf (Placed #9 out of 10)

  • Southern Favorite Restaurants Moose Caf (Placed #10 out of 10)

  • Best Splurge Restaurants The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (Placed #3 out of 10)

  • Best Scenic View Grandfather Mountain (Placed #2 out of 10) and Chimney Rock Park (Placed #3 out of 10)

  • Best Public Gardens Biltmore Gardens (Placed #3 out of 10)

  • Best Southern City Asheville (Placed #8 out of 10)

  • Best Hotel The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (Placed #1 out of 10) and the Inn on Biltmore Estate (Placed #8 out of 10)

2008

Yahoo! Real Estate: Asheville was named as one of the top ten places to live. (December 2008)

National Geographic Traveler: Asheville received honors in the magazines Fifth Annual Places Rated Survey. Asheville ranked in the top 50 globally and top 10 nationally. The city placed first among North Carolina destinations. (October 2008)

Forbes Traveler: Included Asheville Green Cottage in its list of top green hotels in America. (September 2008)

Travel+Leisure: Ashevilles Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa ranked number 13 in magazines list of Top 20 Hotel Spas. (August 2008)

Travel+Leisure: Ashevilles Inn on Biltmore Estate ranked number 36 in magazines list of Top 100 Hotels in the Continental U.S. and Canada. (August 2008)

Travel+Leisure: Ashevilles Richmond Hill Inn ranked number 9 in magazines list of Top 10 Hotels: $250 or Less. (August 2008)

AmericanStyle: Ranked Asheville number two in the small cities category (population under 100,000) in the annual Top 25 Arts Destinations readers poll. (June 2008)

Where to Retire Magazine: Honored Asheville as one of its Eight Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers, touting the many wonderful art studios, seasonal art walks and Bele Chere, the largest free outdoor music festival in the Southeast. (May/June 2008)

Rolling Stone: The Orange Peel music club was named one of Americas best rock music venues in its Best of Rock issue. (April 2008)

NuWire Investor: Named Asheville one of the top 10 places to buy vacation rental homes in the U.S. (March 2008)

Cond Nast Traveler: Announced its fourteenth annual Gold List and recognized the Inn on Biltmore Estate. For the Gold List, the magazine takes its 2007 Readers Choice Awards winners and delves deeper in the responses, rating hotels for their food, activities, service, rooms, design and location. (January 2008)

Country Home Magazine: Asheville was recognized as one of the top 25 green cities in America for their 2007 Best Green Places rankings. (January 2008)

Southern Living: Announced their Best of the South Readers Choice Awards and readers of the magazine recognized these Asheville favorites:
Best Resorts/Hotels The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and Inn on Biltmore Estate
Best Mountain Destination Asheville
Best Scenic Highway Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville corridor

Our wonderful small city has earned these designations by offering our community the best in medical care, housing, and a better quality of life overall!

SOURCE: www.exploreasheville.com

Neighborhoods

  • Central - includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Montford, and Kenilworth. Montford was designated a local historic district by the Asheville City Council in 1980.

  • North - includes the neighborhoods of Albemarle Park, Beaverdam, Grove Park, and Kimberly. Albemarle Park was designated a local historic district by the Asheville City Council in 1989.

  • South - Arden, Biltmore Village, Reynolds, and Skyland. Biltmore Village was designated a local historic district by the Asheville City Council in 1987.

  • East - includes the neighborhoods of Haw Creek, Oakley, and Oteen.

  • West - includes the neighborhoods of Emma, Leicester, Malvern Hills, and West Asheville.

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