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Links to Asheville History, Tourism and Preservation Websites
Links to Websites of Places Featured in this Itinerary
Selected Bibliography for Asheville

Links to Asheville History, Tourism and Preservation Websites

City of Asheville
Asheville has the charm of a small city along with a stimulating urban environment. Find out more about the city's government, businesses, attractions and events.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
A nonprofit organization working to preserve, interpret, and celebrate the rich varied culture and history of the area, for residents and visitors alike.

Buncombe County
Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential.

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
As a recognized entrepreneurial hotspot, Asheville also offers a thriving business climate. Browse this website for information on more than 2,000 businesses and organizations that can help you plan your next vacation, move or business venture.

Asheville Area Visitors Bureau
Build your own itinerary for Asheville as you browse through listings of accommodations, attractions, events, restaurants and shops.

Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County
A non-profit institution established in 1976 to provide leadership, education and advocacy to protect and revitalize the cherished properties of Asheville and Buncombe County. 

Western North Carolina Heritage
A collaboration of public institutions striving to better serve life-long learning needs by providing cultural materials for a variety of educational purposes.

Asheville Urban Trail Heritage Tour
This walking tour is a history and art museum without walls, a walk through time, an opportunity to examine the rich architecture, to enjoy neighborhoods and learn about the people and events that have given Asheville it's distinctive flair.  The entire Trail is 1.7 miles long, marked with pink granite markers embedded in the sidewalk, takes roughly two hours to walk.

North Carolina Office of Archives and History
This state office collects, preserves and utilizes the state's historic resources so that present and future residents may better understand their history.

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
This state office assists private citizens, private institutions, local governments, and agencies of state and federal government in the identification, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of properties significant in North Carolina history and archaeology.

Preservation North Carolina
The private, non-profit statewide organization protects and promotes buildings, sites, and landscapes important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. Through its award-winning endangered properties program, Preservation NC acquires endangered historic properties and then finds purchasers willing and able to rehabilitate them.

Blue Ridge Parkway
Learn more about this national park, sometimes called "America's Favorite Drive," that provides both stunning scenery and close-up looks at the natural and cultural history of the southern Appalachian mountains. The park's headquarters and Folk Art Center are located in Asheville.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Just west of Asheville is this national park which straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary, the park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of trails.

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
The professional association of the State government officials who carry out the national historic preservation program as delegates of the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.

Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER)
The HABS/HAER program documents important architectural, engineering and industrial sites throughout the United States and its territories. Their collections, including some of the places highlighted in this itinerary, are archived at the Library of Congress and available online. You can view these by clicking on the link above and entering search terms such as Asheville or Buncombe County.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Learn about the programs of and membership in the oldest national nonprofit preservation organization.

Historic Hotels of America
A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary, including the Grove Park Inn.

National Scenic Byways Program
This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on state and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Visit the America’s Byways Blue Ridge Parkway website for more ideas.

Links to Websites of Places Featured in this Itinerary

Selected Bibliography for Asheville

Asheville's Historic Montford District. Asheville, NC: Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County, 1985.

Bishir, Catherine W, Michael T. Southern and Jennifer F. Martin. A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

Black, David. Historic Architectural Resources of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville, NC: Division of Archives & History NC Department of Cultural Resources, 1979.

Brunk, Robert S. May We All Remember Well, Volumes I & II . Asheville, NC: Robert S Brunk Auction Services Inc, 2001.

Dykeman, Wilma. The French Broad. New York, NY: Rinehart & Co, 1955.

Fields, Jay. The Craft Heritage Tour of Western North Carolina. Asheville, NC: Handmade In America, 2003.

Greenberg, Sue. Asheville: A Postcard History, Volumes I & II.   Dover, NH: Acadia, 1997.

Kerr, Tom. The Underground Asheville Guidebook. Asheville, NC: Underground Asheville Guidebook, 2000.

Mitchell, Ted. Thomas Wolfe, A Writer's Life. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives & History, 1999.

Mathews, Jane G and Richard A. The Manor and Cottages, Albemarle Park Asheville NC: A Historic Planned Residential Community. Asheville, NC: Albemarle Park Grounds Association, 1991.

Morley, Margaret W. The Carolina Mountains. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1913.

Ready, Milton. Asheville: Land of the Sky. Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications, 1986.

Swaim, Douglas. Cabins & Castles: The History & Architecture of Buncombe County, NC. Asheville, NC: Historic Resources Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County, 1981.

Tessier, Mitzi S. Asheville: A Pictorial History. Norfolk, VA: Donning Company, 1982.

Tessier, Mitzi S. The State of Buncombe. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co, 1992.

Warren, Joshua P. Haunted Asheville. Asheville, NC: Shadowbox Publications, 1996.

 

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