LIVING HISTORY: A musket volley salute was fired over the burial ground by the Sons of the American Revolution color guard during the dedication of the Jones Family burial ground. Photo by Cindy Kunst

Jones family burial ground at Biltmore honored by Sons of American Revolution

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.

KISS ME: Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, so it makes sense that the Mills River farmer feels as comfortable clowning around with the herd as he does with his human friends. Photo by Kendra Topalian

Bradley Johnston brings boutique dairy farming to Mills River

Mills River native Bradley Johnston has worked with cows all his life, but his newest venture — Mills River Creamery — is a departure from the high-volume wholesale dairy trade he used to practice. Johnston’s small herd of Jersey cows eat non-GMO feed and produce a type of milk that many find easier to digest than the usual supermarket fare.

The Biltmore Estate: Gardens and Grounds. Image provided by Arcadia Publishing

Biltmore landscape historian releases book on estate gardens and grounds

Landscape and forest historian Bill Alexander has released a third book. The Biltmore Estate: Gardens and Grounds uses historical photographs, including some that have never before been published, to tell the story of the conception, planning, design, construction and maintenance of the estate, which at one time encompassed 125,000 acres.

REWARDS OF MOTHERHOOD: Deerpark at Biltmore Estate is one of several Asheville restaurants offering special meals for Mother's Day. Deerpark will offer a Mother's Day brunch buffet 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that day.

Small Bites: What to do for Mother’s Day

Asheville moms are a diverse bunch, but it’s likely most would agree that a whole day dedicated to honoring and pampering them is an OK thing. For many, that might mean being treated to brunch, lunch or dinner at a local eatery. But Asheville is the current holder of the Travel + Leisure magazine title of America’s No. 1 Quirkiest Town, so for others it could translate to something completely different.