1927: The LaSalle Phaeton

1927: The LaSalle Phaeton

The day the LaSalle Phaeton arrived was one of those perfect spring days. May 9, 1927. The pink dogwoods and cherry trees had dropped their blossoms, but the azaleas were in full bloom. Everywhere in Woolsey was a riot of reds and purples and the fresh green of new...
Stories from Chicken Hill

Stories from Chicken Hill

tLike so many others at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Katherine Cutshall needed something to occupy her time while quarantining at home. Perhaps not surprisingly, Cutshall — the collections manager at Buncombe County Special Collections — began going through...
The History of Asheville’s Windsor Hotel

The History of Asheville’s Windsor Hotel

The city of Asheville’s story includes a number of historic residential hotels, such as the Gray Rock Inn and Old Kentucky Home (the boarding house run by Julia Wolfe, mother of the novelist Thomas Wolfe). One especially interesting and storied building is that of the...
Asheville History: Flora McDonald Sorrell

Asheville History: Flora McDonald Sorrell

Businessman Morris Meyers built the inn at 100 Biltmore Ave. (then called Main Street) in 1911 and opened it in 1912. But when it came to the day-to-day operations, he hired Flora McDonald Sorrell to run the inn. The place quickly became known as Flora Sorrell’s...