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    Thomas Wolfe Memorial Thomas Wolfe Memorial Asheville, North Carolina
    The Thomas Wolfe Memorial or house is located in Asheville, North Carolina that has been the site of the famous author Thomas Wolfe, and is a historic house and museum that was constructed in 1883, in the Queen Anne style. It had been Wolfe's childhood home, and when his mother, Julia E. Westall Wolfe purchased in the house in 1906, it was already a boarding house called the Old Kentucky Home. Julia and Tom would live here, while the other Wolfes would stay in their house on Woodfin St., with Thomas living in the boarding house until he left for the University of North Carolina in 1916, and his mother would increase the size of the house the next year, adding five more rooms. Thomas would use the old house as the setting for his first book, Look Homeward, Angel that was published in 1929, although he had to change the name of the boarding house to the popular name, "Dixieland". He would write his autobiography in the form of a fiction, using his family, boarders and friends in the book that would launch him into national prominence. The house would be added to the National Historic Landmark list in 1971, since it had been immortalized in Wolfe's novel, and one of the most famous landmarks in the south. The house would get its own visitor center in 1996, right behind the house, that showcases numerous personal effects of the Wolfe family house, his father's stonecutting business, and from his New York apartment. Because of his outstanding depiction of the town of Asheville and the people he used in the novel, it would be banned from the local library, and the hard feelings that were felt in the town would keep Wolfe from returning to his childhood home and city for almost eight years. He would eventually go back to visit with his mother in the boarding house in 1937, and while there write an article for the local newspaper called "Return". Wolfe would never go back after that visit, since he passed on the next year in 1938, and he was able to produce four excellent novels, with the three besides the first being; Of Time and the River, You Can't Go Home Again and The Web and the Rock. In 1949, the house would become a memorial to Wolfe and today is a North Carolina State Historic Site, with the marvelous visitor's center that offers much more than a good while looking over his personal furnishings and belongings. The house would suffer a severe fire in 1998, that destroyed about 30 % of the original structure, as well as 15% of the furnishings; and had been deliberately set. The Old Kentucky Home would be remodeled and was ready to open in 2004. If you or your child believes that they may have some abilities in writing, there is a fabulous writing workshop open for all students that are in the 4th through 8th grades, and held in downtown Asheville. There are also after-school classes, as well as a summer camp, offering writing skills to all children in the 4th through the 10th grades; although the class sizes are for only six. They also have a drawing and writing call for rising 5th and 6th graders that is limited to only ten people and is a wonderful place to start or continue your child's artistic and personal skills.  Thomas Wolfe would die at the young age of 38.

    Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
    Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Asheville, North CarolinaThe Blue Ridge National Heritage Area was created by the President and Congress in 2003, recognizing its unique natural beauty, culture and history of western North Carolina and the importance of the region's contributions to our nation. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina are considered to be some of the oldest mountains in the world, with a landscape filled with the most; highest mountain in the state, Mount Mitchell, the highest waterfall in the eastern United States at Whitewater Falls, the oldest river in the continent is the New River, the deepest gorge in the state is Linville Gorge and the two most visited National parks in the nation which are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, with a more diverse nature than that of the entire complex of the European nations. The area has more than just the mountains, valleys, rivers and gorges that bring in hordes of tourists every year, it has wonderful culture as well, that includes the birthplace of the Cherokee nation and is home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians that still follows the Cherokee cultures. The region would be visited by the first European and African settlers in the 18th century, with the isolated areas just right for the settlers to continue with their own traditions and means of creating homemade crafts. The excellent musical traditions would also be sheltered because of the isolation that added to the unique and marvelous music of the Appalachians. It is now the heart of the handmade craft and art in this nation, with a rich history of contemporary and traditional crafts schools in abundance and more than 4000 working crafts folks.

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    Historic Johnson FarmJohnson Farm Hendersonville, North Carolina
    The historic Johnson Farm in Hendersonville, North Carolina had been the home of a rich tobacco farmer, named Oliver Moss, who started building his farmhouse in 1876 and finished it in 1880, completely constructed of handmade bricks fired on the site, and bringing it here from the French Broad River mud. The lovely house would get more outbuildings as the years progressed, which would eventually include a cottage, boarding house, tools shed, barn and blacksmith shop. Sallie Leverett Johnson would inherit the estate in 1913, when the farmstead would begin a new era in commercialism as the house became a summer boarding house for the tourists that visited here and still operated as a farm, which would certainly supplement the dinner table. The farm has grown into a nonprofit education center and farm museum for the children that live and go to school in the region, as well as the community. Besides the historic 1880s house, there are ten historic structures still standing on the property, nature trails, 15 acres of forests, streams and fields, as well as animals and a barn loft museum. It is operated by the Henderson County Board of Education as a community museum and heritage center, with numerous types of tours offered and just the perfect place for children to learn more about the life and culture of the farming lands in the region that would flourish during the late 19th century. The museum contains about one thousand relics that were quite typical on farms in that period in the south and showcased in such a way that offers a small glimpse into the everyday lifestyles of these hardy farmers.

    Archaeology at Warren Wilson College
    Archaeology at Warren Wilson College Asheville, North CarolinaArchaeology at Warren Wilson College would start in 1966, and is now one of the top research programs in the nation today, with the students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with the students at the WWC to excavate the Warren Wilson site and now the students have become immersed in numerous projects and the archaeology group, made up of four to six undergrad students, that curate the collections that have been discovered at many of their sites. In the start of 2001, the main concentration of the program has been the Berry site, that had been a 16th century Native American village that had a Spanish fort constructed by it. It is located in Morgantown, North Carolina and has become a very exciting and interesting excavation site. The Berry site is believed to have been one of the biggest settlements of Native Americans in the nation, and called, Joara, that had been visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in 1540 and by the Juan Pardo expedition from 1567-8, who then constructed a fortress at Joara-Fort San Juan, the earliest European settlement in the interior of our country. Juan Pardo has left the Spanish town of Santa Elena on the South Carolina, in 1566 and traveled into North Carolina looking for a route to Mexico, and as he marched, he would build a number of small forts between Beaufort, South Carolina and western Tennessee. Some Spanish soldiers would live at the place called Fort San Juan for about 18 months, from January 1567 until sometime in June, 1568, and when spring arrived, the relationship between the natives and the Spaniards would deteriorate until hostilities began and the fort burned and completely destroyed.

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Local Restaurants in Fletcher

    Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge
    Entrees include choice of house, Caesar salad or housemade soup; chicken paisano is sautéed in seasoned breadcrumbs & topped with provolone cheese, lemon garlic mushroom sauce & served with whipped potatoes; chicken marsala is char grilled with creamy mushroom marsala wine sauce, served with whipped potatoes; chicken parmigiana is sautéed & baked with seasoned breadcrumbs, tomato sauce & provolone cheese, served with linguini & tomato sauce; chicken piccata is pan fried & topped with lemon butter caper sauce, served over linguini; NY strip modiga is 12oz. NY strip steak rolled in seasoned Italian bread crumbs & char grilled, then finished in the oven with provolone cheese & lemon garlic mushroom sauce, served with whipped potatoes; hickory-smoked prime rib is hickory smoked in house & served with natural jus, horseradish sour cream & twice-baked potato casserole; Tuscan filet is 8oz. char grilled tenderloin of beef marinated with olive oil, rosemary & garlic, served with whipped potatoes; 12oz. NY strip char grilled & served with whipped potatoes; steak teriyaki is 10oz. pineapple & soy marinated sirloin char grilled with a teriyaki glaze, served with whipped potatoes; Frankie's baby back ribs is seasoned & smoked in house & covered in Frankie's housemade BBQ sauce, served with twice-baked potato casserole & Cole slaw; veal chop Mikey T is bone-in veal chop pounded thin & baked in a panko crust with Frankie's tomato sauce & provolone cheese, served with penne pasta & tomato sauce; steak & shrimp combo is 5oz. marinated sirloin char grilled with teriyaki glaze, paired with fried popcorn shrimp, served with twice-baked potato casserole; char grilled surf & turn is 8oz. filet mignon paired with 6oz. cold water lobster tail, served with drawn butter & whipped potatoes; salmon Oscar is char grilled & topped with lump crab dressing, asparagus & hollandaise, served with whipped potatoes; fresh catch of the day; local parmesan crusted rainbow trout is Sunburst Farms, Weaverville local rainbow trout pan sautéed in a parmesan & panko crust with roasted red pepper coulis & pesto aioli, served with rice pilaf; coconut macadamia crusted shrimp is five shrimp fried in coconut & macadamia nut crust served with sweet coconut cilantro sauce & rice pilaf; fried seafood trio is shrimp, jumbo dry packed scallops & tilapia dusted in semolina flour & fried, with skinny fries; tilapia Savannah is topped with chopped shrimp, scallops, crab, bacon & cheese with lemon butter sauce, served with rice pilaf; cold water lobster tail is 6oz. cold water tail, with drawn butter & whipped potatoes; shrimp & grits is sautéed shrimp in rich brown tasso gravy served over creamy jalapeno grits; housemade lasagna is three layers of Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, four cheese blend & housemade Bolognese, topped with provolone cheese & Frankie's tomato sauce; pot roast is slow roasted & served with whipped potatoes & honey glazed carrots; pork schnitzel is breaded tenderloin pounded thin, topped with smoked ham & Swiss cheese, served with pork gravy & whipped potatoes; coffee marinated ribeye is coffee spiced 16oz. ribeye char grilled & caramelized, served with twice-baked potato casserole; spaghetti squash primavera is spinach, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant & fresh herbs in light veggie broth; Frankie's lobster Mac & cheese is 1.75 pound lobster de-shelled & pan sautéed with penne pasta in creamy blend of parmesan, fontina, mozzarella & Swiss baked with bread crumbs & fresh thyme.

    Pack's Tavern
    Entrees; filet is pure angus 8oz. filet with mashed potatoes & house or Caesar salad; ribeye is hand-cut 14oz. aged ribeye with mashed potatoes & house or Caesar salad; grilled meatloaf is with mashed potatoes, brown gravy & fried onions; sirloin is 12oz. angus sirloin grilled with mashed potatoes & house or Caesar salad; baby back ribs is slow cooked overnight with Cole slaw & FF; Bill Stanley's BBQ pork is Bill's own recipe served with amber braised collard greens, mashed potatoes & jalapeno corn muffin; grilled salmon filet is fresh caught & grilled salmon with mashed potatoes & veggie; shrimp & grits is sautéed shrimp over creamy stone ground grits & spicy Tasso gravy; Captain Tom's fish-n-chips is fresh haddock dipped in locally brewed ale batter & fried with tartar and cocktail sauce, FF & Cole slaw; Cajun trout is local filet of trout pan sautéed with Cajun spices & served with mashed potatoes & veggie; Pack's fresh catch is chef's special fresh fish recipe changes daily; lemon basil grilled chicken is 2 boneless breasts of chicken grilled & topped with fresh lemon basil sauce with mashed potatoes & sautéed asparagus; chicken tenders is fresh, slender chicken breast strips hand breaded to order, fried & served with FF & Cole slaw, honey mustard & BBQ sauces for dipping; roasted half chicken is rosemary & lemon marinated chicken with mashed potatoes, amber braised collard greens & tomato chutney; shrimp primavera is grilled shrimp in Alfredo sauce, with broccoli, asparagus, red peppers & mushrooms over linguine; grilled salmon pasta is grilled salmon over spinach fettuccini with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, basil & goat cheese cream. 

 

Chicken Piccata Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge Flethcher, North Carolina

 

Hickory Smoked Prime Rib Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge Fletcher, North Carolina

 

Potroast Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge Fletcher, North Carolina

 Filet Pack's Tavern Fletcher, North Carolina

 

Cajun Trout Pack's Tavern Fletcher, North Carolina

 

Roasted Half Chicken Pack's Tavern Fletcher, North Carolina

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    Biltmore House Biltmore House Asheville, North Carolina
    The Biltmore House is a magnificent chateauesque-styled mansion by Asheville, North Carolina that was constructed by George Washington Vanderbilt II sometime between 1889 and 1895 and is now the biggest privately owned home in the nation, with 135,000 square feet of space and containing 250 rooms; and still owned by one of the descendants. It is one of the most significant remaining examples of the Gilded Age, as well as amazing gardens that have been created in the Garden a la francaise and English landscape garden styles that were planted in this country during that period. It was considered the eighth place listing on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects in 2007 and by looking at the image, you'll understand better and by actually going to the house and exploring this magnificent splendor of a mansion, you will surely see why. During the epitome of the Gilded Age in this nation, during the 1880s, George Washington Vanderbilt, the youngest son of the William Henry Vanderbilt, started making visits to his mother, Maria Louise Kissam Vanderbilt in the Asheville, North Carolina area, coming to love the beautiful scenery and climate so much that he would begin his own summer retreat in the area that he would soon call his "little mountain escape"; while his siblings would go to Newport, Rhode Island and Hyde Park, New York to build their mansions called summer homes. George wanted to construct a copy of the working estates of Europe, so he commissioned well known NY architect, Richard Morris Hunt, that had already designed homes for the members of his family, designing them in the chateau style, using numerous Loire Valley French renaissance architecture chateaux, along with the Chateau de Blois as a model. This incredible estate would have its own town, called Biltmore Village, as well as a church that is called the Cathedral of All Souls. Being a Vanderbilt, meant that George had to have the finest, the best, of everything, so he would commission Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned landscape architect to create the magnificent ground and gardens that would encompass the mansion, creating the nearby gardens in the Garden a la francaise style, and beyond these he would design the English landscape gardens, with the serene woodlands beyond these, and the agricultural lands with the amazing three mile approach road going through this wonderland of beauty and majesty. In the beginning, he would hire Gifford Pinchot as the landscape manager, and then, Carl Scheneck who would start the first forestry educational programs in the country, the Biltmore Forest School, on the grounds of the estate in 1898. Wanting the estate to be as self-sufficient as possible, he began poultry farms, a dairy, cattle farms, hog farms and scientific forestry programs. George didn't pay too much attention to the affairs of his family business nor his own personal investments, which many believed was spent in the construction of his summer retreat. The Vanderbilts would invite friends and acquaintances from all over the nation to come and enjoy this decadent estate, with such famous visitors as Edith Wharton, Bill Gates, Henry James, T. Roosevelt, Obama, Nixon, Wilson, Prince of Wales, Carter and McKinley. With all the partying and construction, it is surmised that much of George's inheritance would be spent, although it would become moot when George died of complications from his emergency appendectomy in 1914. His widow, Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt would sell of 85,000 of the original 125,000 that was purchased to the government, as per her husband's wished, with that acreage becoming the heart of the Pisgah National Forest. The incredible estate only contains some 8000 acres today, and is cut in half by the French Broad River, owned by the Biltmore Company and managed by Vanderbilt's grandson, William A. V. Cecil, III. The estate would become a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and the dairy farm removed into becoming the Biltmore Farms that is currently managed and operated by William's brother, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, and the old dairy barn changed into a new vineyard called, what else, the Biltmore Winery. Wanting to offset the depression driven economy, the Vanderbilt's only child, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt and her husband, John Amherst Cecil, would open the house to the public in 1930, with family continuing to live there until 1956, when it would be completely opened to tourists as a public house museum.  This unbelievable estate has a 70,000 gallon indoor swimming pool, a two-story library, an intercom system, early 20th century exercise equipment, fire alarms, forced-air heating, centrally controlled clocks, rooms filled with furniture, artworks and other 19th century novelties like an elevator and so much more that it would take a long time and many pages to fill. It is one of the main attractions to visit in the western regions of North Carolina and welcomes more than 1 million visitors every year. The grounds house 75 acres of formal gardens, a winery and the Inn of Biltmore Estate, a AAA four-diamond 213 room hotel. 

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    Cold Mountain HomeCold Mountain Home North Carolina
    Cold Mountain North Carolina is situated about 35 miles from Asheville, North Carolina and has become famous because of a novel and 2003 movie that would bring this beautiful mountain into the world' eye and bring more visitors to the region, wondering if the magnificent images that they saw in the film was as beautiful as it looked. Strangely, the movie would be filmed in Romania, but with a mountain range that equally as good as the real thing, but isn't, and while there isn't a town called Cold Mountain, the mountain itself is there and very extraordinary since it belongs to the Shining Rock Wilderness area that is located in the Pisgah National Forest, which itself had been a part of the huge acreage owned by the Vanderbilts. But because it has been made into a national forest, its pristine natural state has been able to be preserved for this generation and the others that will follow. It was a part of the Civil War and also requires hikers to make a strenuous hike for ten miles until you can get to the top. But for travelers that don't have the time, inclination nor fortitude to travel that difficult distance, you can park your car along a roadside stop that offers fabulous views of the mountain and surrounding hills. Or you can take a shorter hike to the top of Mount Pisgah and get almost as beautiful panoramic views from here. The easiest place to view the outstanding views of the mountains and countryside is at the overlook on US 276, about 30 miles from downtown Asheville, with awesome views of the south side about Milepost 411.9. The view from the overlook can be fair, with some overgrown trees that now block much of the magnificent scenery, but if you travel just a bit further to Milepost 412.2 where the Wagon Gap Road parking area is located, you can walk north on the parkway for only a short distance and get better viewings. But wherever you stop to look, the scenery is beyond mere words and as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. There are other trails and places to stop and look, but it would be better for you to visit the gorgeous area yourself and decide which works best for you and your family.

    Ripley-Shepherd Building
    Ripley-Shepherd Building Hendersonville, North CarolinaThe Ripley-Shepherd Building in Hendersonville, North Carolina was constructed by Colonel Valentine Ripley, one of the first businessmen in the area, and this structure would be the first brick building in the city and it would be used as a general store, then post office and eventually, a Confederate commissary under Major Noe. F. G. Hart and M. M. Shepherd would buy the structure in 1896, and use it as a furniture store and undertaking business; and is still owned by the descendants of M. M. Shepherd; being put on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ripley family would enjoy being well known in the early settlement, especially the colonel, who would appear in a local newspaper article in 1938, that his daughter, Lila Ripley Barnwell, state that Colonel Valentine Ripley, a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia would arrive in this region in the 1830s, originally in Asheville, where he would meet and marry Miss Ruth Smith, the daughter of James Smith, who just happened to be the first white person born west of the Blue Ridge in North Carolina. Sometime later, Henderson County would split off from Buncombe, and because of a proposed mail route, Ripley came here to live, purchasing large land tracts, soon owning over a thousand acres. Ripley would become more interested in the progress and development of the region than most folks since he owned so much land, and when the Civil War was over, he would partner with Captain M. C. Toms in the mercantile business, even though he preferred the outdoor lifestyle. He soon would leave the daily running of the business to Toms, while he continued working outside with his horses and land. He became very interested in bringing a railroad to the region, and for many years he would spend his time and money towards this end, and living to see it realized just four months before he passed away.

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    Asheville Art MuseumAsheville Art Museum Asheville, North Carolina
    The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina isn't just the best art museum in the city, it is also the only community based nonprofit visual art facility in western North Carolina, started to change lives through art. It is located in the central square of downtown Asheville, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM and Sunday 1PM to 5PM. It offers the community exhibitions and public shows that have been based on their permanent collections of 20th and 21st century American art, with numerous special exhibitions held to showcase well known regional and national artists, as well as the significant works to pertain to western North Carolina's cultural heritage and includes; Cherokee artists, Black Mountain College and Studio Craft artists. It is also available to the community for outstanding educational programs for folks of all ages and interests. The museum was started in 1948, housed in a three-room structure on Charlotte Street, the former land sales office of E. W. Grove, the developer of the Grove Park Inn. The museum would become part of the city's cultural life by 1950, and started to acquire a permanent collection. After this, it wouldn't be too long before it would outgrow its spaces and had to move into a donated space on the 15th floor of the Northwest Bank, which is now the BB & T Building. In 1970, it would be forced to move once more, so the museum purchased property in the Montford area historic district of the city and a full-time director hired. As time passed, the exhibitions would become more regional in their scope, with programming and attendance growing as well, although the four decade structure it was housed in continued to fall into disrepair with constant problems. In 1972, the city announced plans to construct the Asheville Civic Center, so the museum was invited to be part of the three cultural agencies that would be allowed to enter into an agreement with the city for the space, and in 1976, it opened a 9000 square foot facility in the Civic Center. The museum would become one of the few accredited museums of its size, and in 1992, it would be opened in a 1925 Italian renaissance style structure with contemporary additions that had been part of a library. The museum now houses 12,000 square feet of exhibit space at Pack Place in the midst of the city, with a small capital venture that was finished in 1999, adding more space from the Pack Place and Legal building located next to it. This has allowed the museum to open an art library, new classroom and studio facilities, teacher resource center, new entry and community gallery; bringing its total footage to 24,400 square feet. The Asheville has become more proficient in the collection, interpretation and preservation of American artworks that start in the 20th century and include all parts of public programming as well as making excellent and innovative exhibition experiences available to the community and visitors that come here to visit. Its collection houses over 2000 works in every media with another 16 to 18 exhibits being offered during the year, and more than 4000 architectural drawings. Their in-house educational programs offer math, literacy and studio art, engaging students from all ages and walks of life to partake in the numerous diverse programs that concentrates on lifelong learning in the visual arts for all.

    Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum
    Colburn Gem & Mineral Museum Asheville, North CarolinaThe Colburn Earth Science Museum in Asheville, North Carolina is the legacy of the engineer and bank president, Burnham Standish Colburn, that had retired to the Biltmore Forest by Asheville during the 1920s moving to the western North Carolina's rich mineral fields and the diversity of the minerals found there. In 1931, Burnham and his brother, William B. Colburn would assist in starting the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society that is still in operation today, with monthly meetings, field trips and numerous social and educational activities that benefit the society. All through his life, Burnham would collect and amass a huge collection of North Carolina minerals, which included the world's biggest collection of hiddenite, a rare variety of minerals that had been discovered in Alexander County, North Carolina in 1879. Burnham passed on in 1959, so the Colburn family shared many of his specimens with the society so that they could be showcased for all to see and enjoy; with many specimens now located in the Smithsonian Institute, the McKissick Museum, the British Museum and the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Many members of the society would add numerous exciting specimens that they had uncovered and in July, 1960, they would open the Burnham S. Colburn Memorial Museum. In 1972, it would move to the lower level of the Asheville Civic Center, and as the collections continued to grow, it would be changed into a nonprofit in 1982 and change its name to the Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum.  The exhibits have been divided into various categories and include the Hall of Minerals that showcase numerous items from the museum's collections of over 4500 specimens from across the globe which includes over 350 minerals discovered in the state alone like corundum, beryl, itcolumite the bending rock, quartz, kyanite, feldspar and mica; the Grove Stone Room with showcases exhibits that have explored the geology of the state and world; the history of mining in the state which chronicles the mining adventures that occurred in the state, and includes a plethora of minerals and gemstones discovered here; the Gemstone collection with over 1000 cut gemstones from across the globe and includes; garnet, hiddenite, emerald, ruby, morganite, diamond, stibiotantalite, topaz and sapphires; weather, climate and you; and fossils that are the start of a marvelous permanent archaeology exhibit. This new to be exhibit already has over 500 fossils, with teeth from a mastodon and wooly mammoth, a big trilobite and a glossopteris fern fossil. The museum also houses an archival and reference book collection with over 500 books, manuscripts and publications; as well as rare books from the earliest period of the 20th century.

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    Asheville Historic Trolley ToursAsheville Historic TrolleyTours Asheville, North Carolina
    One of the best and most interesting ways to enjoy the sights of Asheville, North Carolina is to take the historic White Line trolley that goes to all the most desirable attractions in the city, while you sit back comfortably and enjoy the scenery, the old historical buildings, the parks and so much more. The trolley offers a full 90 minute tour of the city, with detailed narration about the best stories, histories and legends, as well as offering one of the most exciting ghost hunting tours in the nation. One of the best features is the ability to jump on and off, whenever you see a place that interests you, although their tours seem to have the excitement and interest well scheduled. Some of the finest historical places to visit include the Biltmore Village, Grove Park Inn, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the River Arts district, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Woolworth Walk, the Grove Arcade and much more. It will become a day of traveling, investigating and learning, an opportunity to explore some of the finest homes in the country, along with outstanding sights and feelings as you travel in the luxury of a comfortable trolley, bringing back the days of yesteryear, only with a better understanding offered by the best narrators in the city that have learned it all firsthand. Sit back, and let the trolley do the driving while you see the city, its sights and stories. There is usually an hour between buses, so if you should find something more interesting where you're at, then stay as long as you want and take the next trolley, that will continue your tour as if you hadn't left. The ghost trolley also offers a 60 to 90 minute tour, narrated by lifelong resident and author of the best-selling Haunted Asheville, Joseph P. Warren, who has created the special event for all those that live by enjoying the thrill of the hunt, to find and document with images, an apparition. You'll be checking out some sights that may not be for younger guests, so be ready, to explore the site of city's biggest mass murder, a young lady's murder in Battery Park, the Civil War battle of Asheville and a number of souls still haunting the WhiteGate Inn, and find out why 1889 was such a traumatic year. And discover why many psychics call the city a "vortex". It will be one of the highlights of your tour, a day that you won't forget and one that might entice you to stay longer than you planned. The trolley has group tours so you can bring you entire family and maybe some friends on a great tour, filled with excitement and interest every minute of the tour and opportunities for those that want to use the trolley for some special events like weddings, family reunions, corporate events, showers, class reunions and church groups; whatever you need and want, the company is ready to work with you to give the best tours possible in the city of Asheville.

    North Carolina Arboretum, Inc.
    North Carolina Arboretum, Inc. Asheville, North CarolinaThe North Carolina Arboretum occupies 434 acres in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest southwest of Asheville, North Carolina by the Blue Ridge Parkway created in 1986. The original plans for the arboretum were considered by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1898, who had wanted to create a masterpiece at the Biltmore Estate, however, it would be the general assembly that had the arboretum opened on the campus of the University of North Carolina, which was made the official site of the North Carolina Arboretum. It is still considered to be in the works, with numerous bicycling and hiking trails, a stream garden, bonsai collection and holly garden. Their tree collection contains a marvelous set of Metasequoias that had been planted in 1950 and today stand over a hundred feet, and are the tallest in the south. Gardens located in the arboretum include; the stream garden that is arranged in a formal setting with perennials, trees and shrubs; the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden or partere that replicates the designs of the Blue Ridge Mountain quilts; the plants of Promise Garden that house residential demonstration gardens which also house plants that are in the process of being evaluated for the southern Appalachian areas; the Heritage garden that is a demonstration garden for plants that had been traditionally used in western North Carolina crafts, with paper-making, basketry, broom-making and dye-making; the Cliff Dickinson Holly garden that contains native and non-native hollies; the French Broad River Watershed Training Center that offers instructional programs; the National Native Azalea repository and the Plant Professional Landscape garden.

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