Prior to the formation of the Asheville Fire Department in 1882, residents and business owners had only themselves and their neighbors to rely on.
Dr. Robert S. Carroll founded Highland Hospital in 1904. Originally located on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, it was first known as Dr. Carroll’s Sanitarium.
In 1948, the hospital gained national attention when nine patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, perished in a fire at Highland Hospital’s central building.
Lori Greenberg, who co-coordinated Celebrate Zelda!, views the three-day series, happening Friday-Sunday, March 10-12, as a way to spotlight the benefits of the arts for those struggling with mental health issues.