1935: Hemingway’s Typewriter

1935: Hemingway’s Typewriter

The writer had come to the Inn for a number of reasons, some more reasonable than others. His wife was receiving electroshock therapy a few miles away. In fact, from the back of the inn, which overlooked a sprawling golf course, he could nearly see the hospital where...
1928: Elroy’s Legacy

1928: Elroy’s Legacy

The black cat summoned me — and hastened my departure months afterwards. I was weary and thirsty that late September day in 1928 as I trudged up Main Street. I passed the attractive Gray Rock Inn, but I knew it was beyond my means. However, just north of the inn, I...
1984: Coming home to Asheville

1984: Coming home to Asheville

You know you belong to a time and a place when your name is printed in a book. For my mother and I, the place was Asheville and the book was the Genealogical Study of James Brittain of Buncombe County. This hefty volume is filled with thousands of descendants, though...
1943: The Memphis Belle

1943: The Memphis Belle

The sun was hot on the back of her hands as Betsy Teague pushed her 9-month-old daughter in a pram in the city square by the Vance Monument. A wide brimmed hat kept her face shaded in the midsummer heat. Her 6-year-old son Paul was beside her, hoping for a hot dog...
1976: A Monkey’s Uncle

1976: A Monkey’s Uncle

“Should I take a nicer dress?” Melissa Duncan checked herself in the mirror and frowned. She worried about her weight, her hair, her shoes. The next day, at a reunion in Asheville, she was going to meet Michael’s larger family for the first time. She wanted to please...
1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

1928: The Doll Sanitorium, part 2

Chapter II: The Dry Ridge Diviner According to Catesby’s mama, the Dry Ridge Diviner was a sorry old vamp. She was that, and she was other, less mentionable things. It was true the diviner wore so much face powder it was hard to tell her age, though she kept her head...