The town of Dillsboro holds its popular Easter Hat Parade. Plus, the Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center hosts a series of author discussions, the North Carolina Stage Company presents a fact-based comedy and Weaverville’s Art in Autumn calls for artists.
A blog series from the Buncombe County Public Libraries details the occupations of Black women in 1890. Plus, the Swannanoa Valley Museum presents a look at historic Black Mountain College photos, a local artist honors women with free art and more.
Vegans and vegetarians craving a lox bagel now have options thanks to Faux Lox Foods. Also: television personality Samantha Brown visits Asheville; Metro Wines hosts its latest tasting; and more!
The Horror Anthology film series returns. Plus: A new book spotlights two ghostly WNC tales; “Dark Corners” podcast wraps up third season; and more!
WCU’s Bardo Arts Center presents immersive show of sights and sounds. Plus, Pumpkin Fest returns to Brevard, the Kenilworth neighborhood showcases its homes and art, and Eliada reimagines its fall event.
On Aug. 22, 1900, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt was born. The Asheville Citizen and other papers reported on the arrival of the newborn at the Biltmore Estate.
On Sept. 14, 1891, the Asheville Daily Citizen falsely reported that roughly 600 Black workers nearly broke out into a riot at the Biltmore Estate. Subsequent letters to the editor refuted the paper’s unfounded claims.
On March 15, 1930, the Biltmore Estate opened to visitors. Despite the nation’s economic hardships, the new tourist attraction registered 39,052 guests between its launch and June 30, 1931.
The county, which had previously prohibited all leisure travel, will now limit reservations to “staycations” for Western North Carolina residents with an 828 area code. Occupancy is restricted to 50%, and visitors who are not part of the same family or household cannot occupy adjacent rooms.
“Yes, ABC [Alcoholic Beverage Control] stores are considered essential retail. You’re welcome,” deadpanned Fletcher Tove, Buncombe County’s emergency preparedness coordinator, during a March 26 press briefing on the county’s COVID-19 response.
Days of pouring rain yielded to bright sun just in time for the Nov. 1 ceremony to begin the Christmas season at Biltmore House.
On Sunday, July 7, Barnes & Noble at the Asheville Mall will host a book signing for author Robert Beatty’s latest novel, Serafina and the Seven Stars.
In December 1895, the Biltmore Estate opened with a holiday bash. For years to come, houseguests continued to visit and leave behind recollections of their stay.
Biltmore Brewing Co.’s three current Cedric’s beers are sold exclusively on Biltmore Estate, on draft and in bottles.
“Am I welcome in your town? Almost daily, I see another jab at ‘the tourists.’ We seem to be the bane of your existence.”
On Sunday, July 1, Momentum Gallery will debut its exhibit, Reflections, as part of Summer of Glass series.
“The Biltmore Estate is truly an exceptional place. My family put off a long-awaited visit to the place, and I’m glad I made the trip in November.”
As George Vanderbilt’s attorney Charles McNamee continued to purchase land in Western North Carolina, residents of Buncombe County grew weary of the millionaire’s plans.
As it happens, the author has some things in common with the historic figures whose story she tells. Like Vanderbilt, Kiernan was born in New York City, and like the scion and his wife, Edith, Kiernan traveled widely (including a stint in Italy reporting on soccer for ESPN) before settling in Asheville.
The sleepy resting place of Revolutionary War veteran Joshua Jones and his family turned uncharacteristically lively on Saturday, Sept. 7, as a memorial dedication ceremony hosted by Jones’ direct descendants brought family members, Biltmore staff and historical reenactors to the site on the western side of present-day Biltmore Estate.
Spanish architect and designer Rafael Guastavino left his mark at the Biltmore Estate and the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville. His legacy can be explored at a new exhibit in Black Mountain this fall.