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Henderson County News

Found on road: Local genealogy notebook

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A resident in the Stony Mountain Road area found a thick record of local family history on Stony Mountain Road and is seeking to return the book to the owner.   Read Story »

Tags: History | genealogy

Flat Rock News

Bells ring at St. John church as gathering commemorates slavery's start

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FLAT ROCK — Bells rang out as worshipers walked single file down steps and along a dirt path that led from a hilltop to a stone cross that commemorates the slaves buried in the cemetery of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site | slavery | St. John in the Wilderness

Henderson County Business

Mill developer's financing pushed to January

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Tags: History | Grey Hosiery Mill

Etowah News

Tale of Two Brave Women

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Tags: History | Civil War Henderson County | West of the French Broad | Jere Brittain

Henderson County Life

Committee announces 2019 Walk of Fame inductees

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A joint city-county committee announced seven inductees into the Henderson County Walk of Fame on Thursday, including pioneers in the fields of education, transportation, agriculture and the law.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Walk of Fame

Henderson County News

'Hello from 2018!' Here's county's time capsule letter

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Tags: History | Historic Courthouse | U.S. Constitution

Henderson County News

County dedicates 'Charters of Freedom' at Historic Courthouse

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Henderson County officials on Wednesday dedicated the new display of America’s founding documents at the Historic Courthouse plaza with speeches, a cannon salute, an honor guard and patriotic music.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Courthouse

Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: Historic photos, library friends, Artscape kids contest

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Ruscin’s new book 
highlights county history   Terry Ruscin will present a slide show on his new book of early Henderson County images at the Historic Courthouse at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County History | History | Henderson County public library | Terry Ruscin | Friends of the Library

Henderson County News

Signup open for Henderson County history course

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People interested in the history and heritage of Henderson County may still register for a spring semester course that begins this week through at Blue Ridge Community College. The classes are open to the public.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Jennie Jones Giles

Henderson County News

Second class of Walk of Fame honorees announced

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Tags: History | Tom Orr | Walk of Fame

Henderson County Life

Wolfe's Angel cleaned and repaired

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Kara Warren taps a chisel with a hammer, gently chipping off rock-hard adhesive bit by bit.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Oakdale Cemetery | Historic preservation | Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission | Wolfe Angel

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Oakdale Cemetery | land-use planning | Thomas Wolfe | event barn | Wolfe Angel

Henderson County News

Grant will fund scanning of historic photos

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Tags: History | Henderson County public library | Baker Barber collection

Henderson County Life

Baker Barber photos going on display

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You may not know it, but many Thursday afternoons there’s detective work going on in the public library. Twice a month, volunteers gather in the Kaplan Auditorium while their leader, Ron Partin, assembles a batch of 20-30 digital images to display on the giant screen before them.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Bearwallow Mountain | Jeremy B. Jones | Jeremy Jones | Baker Barber collection

Henderson County News

N.C. history books now more widely available

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A collection of more than 150 books about North Carolina’s history, people and culture will be easier to find and purchase through a new partnership between the North Carolina Office of Archives and History and the University of North Carolina Press.   Read Story »

Tags: History | North Carolina history

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Preserve HHS building for HHS

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Leaving a Henderson County Board of Commissioners meeting last week, Hall Waddell tried to digest the discussion about Hendersonville High School. One might have gathered from the scary looking estimates on the time and cost of a renovation that the 89-year-old building is beyond salvation.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Hendersonville High School

Henderson County News

Ask Matt...How did Rugby get its name?

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Rugby School is a 450-year-old prep school in a town in Warwickshire, England, that bears the same name.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | History

Henderson County News

Johnson Farm hires farm manager

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Joy Owens has been named the farm director of Historic Johnson Farm.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Education Foundation | Historic Johnson Farm

Henderson County News

Museum to stage Sandburg play

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will present a one-act play by Steve Carlisle called "The Sandburgs of Connemara" Oct. 17-18.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Henderson County News

Historical Society honors Dr. George A. Jones

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Members of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society honored Dr. George A. Jones on his 94th birthday, which happened to fall on the same say of the society's annual meeting, on Aug. 2.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society | George Jones | History

Henderson County News

Local history class starts

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Although the fall semester Henderson County History and Heritage class began Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Blue Ridge Community College, the college allows late registration.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | History | Jennie Jones Giles

Henderson County Life

WUNC show featuring Heritage Museum tonight

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The UNC-TV program North Carolina Now will broadcast a story about the Henderson County Heritage Museum tonight.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County News

Local history course offered on line for teachers

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For the first time, a local history class will be offered on line to public school teachers in a cooperative effort announced today by the Center for Cultural Preservation and Blue Ridge Community College.   Read Story »

Tags: History | BRCC | Jennie Jones Giles | Center for Cultural Preservation

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock group hopes to save Mountain Lodge

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FLAT ROCK — One of the most historic homes in Flat Rock — and also one of the most time-ravaged and costly to save — would go to Historic Flat Rock Inc. if a bankruptcy court in South Carolina approves the sale.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Flat Rock | historic homes | Mountain Lodge

Henderson County News

Jones hunts 'mountainness' in shadow of Bearwallow

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Jeremy Jones went looking for his mountainness.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Jeremy B. Jones | Blue Ridge Mountains | mountain culture

Hendersonville Life

Marshall boys share portrait of famed jurist ancestor

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Jim, Tom and Frank Marshall, sons of Jim and Cosy Marshall and direct descendants of Chief Justice John Marshall, presented the Henderson County Heritage Museum with a portrait of their ancestor last week.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Jim Marshall Jr. | Tom Marshall | Frank Marshall

Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: County should adopt historic tax credit

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By neglecting the work of its own volunteer advisory board, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners is poorly serving the county's rich history and failing to follow through on a mission that it set up.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Commissioners | Historic preservation | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Henderson County Life

Jennie Giles pursues mission for local history

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Jennie Jones Giles is talking about how the General Assembly stole Saluda from Henderson County by redrawing the Polk County line.   Read Story »

Tags: Blue Ridge Community College | History | BRCC | Jennie Jones Giles

Fletcher Life

Moss to speak on 'Rugby Grange'

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum will host local author Bill Moss, who will present a slide show and talk on his book, The Westfeldts of Rugby Grange, at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Historic Courthouse.     Read Story »

Tags: History | Bill Moss | Henderson County Heritage Museum | historic homes | Vaughan Fitzpatrick | Westfeldt family | Rugby Grange

Hendersonville News

Brookland anchored a vast estate

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Brookland, built in 1836 as a summer home, is now surrounded by subdivisions of much newer homes yet still isolated on its own 9½-acre site atop a gentle rise.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Flat Rock | Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission | historic homes

Hendersonville News

Cary Booker dies, was city native and father of newly elected Sen. Cory Booker

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Hendersonville native Cary Booker, father of Cory Booker, the newly elected U.S. senator from New Jersey, died on Oct. 10 after suffering from Parkinson's disease for several years.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Cary Booker | Cory Booker

Flat Rock Life

Flat Rock High School marks history

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FLAT ROCK — Former students and teachers gathered Saturday, Oct. 5, to celebrate the history of Flat Rock High School and dedicate a historic marker.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock | History | Henderson County Education History Initiative | Boyce Whitmire

Henderson County Life

Bush Laughter, a mountain original, left his mark

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Family and friends remembered Roy Bush Laughter as a practitioner and preserver of the old mountain ways, a storyteller who always had a quip and most of all a father and grandfather who put his family first.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Valley Hill Fire and Rescue | Roy Bush Laughter

Flat Rock News

Flat Rock High School to mark history

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FLAT ROCK — Green River native and nationally renowned author Robert Morgan will speak, alumni can thumb through a book listing every graduate from 1925 to 1960 and all can join hands and sing the alma mater when people gather to celebrate the old Flat Rock High School on Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Education History Initiative

Henderson County News

Famed tall ship is skipper's topic at BRCC

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The Arts and Humanities Series at Blue Ridge Community College will present "U.S.S. Constitution: A Most Unfortunate Ship" on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Patton Auditorium.     Read Story »

Tags: History

Henderson County Life

WEEKEND EVENTS: Robert Morgan, Saluda Grade concert

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SALUDA — Saluda native Aaron Burdett and his band will play at Saluda's free Top of the Grade concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday after the Saluda Tailgate Market.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | Music | History | Saluda Grade | Robert Morgan

Henderson County News

Memories of Robroy: Playhouse founder set a high standard

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The elaborate production of "Les Miserables" on the main stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse is a long way from the summer stock that Alan Sader remembers from 50 years ago.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | History | performing arts | Robroy Farquhar | Alan Sader

Henderson County Life

'Sunbonnets and Straw Hats' premieres Friday

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Tom Orr was being Tom Orr, which meant channeling his days as the Hendersonville High School drama teacher directing the senior play, which meant pulling his hair out.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County Life

New play highlights history, honors Robert Morgan

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"Sunbonnet and Straw Hat," an original play portraying Henderson County history and celebrating native-born writer and poet Robert Morgan, will debut at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Additional performances are scheduled Saturday, June 27, at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Tom Orr | Historic Courthouse | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Robert Morgan | Carolyn Justus

Henderson County News

Hendersonville documentary project wins grant

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The North Carolina Humanities Council has awarded a $9,000 grant to a Hendersonville-based project that seeks to collect and preserve oral histories of Southern Appalachian people and their lifestyles.   Read Story »

Tags: History | David Weintraub | Connecting with Elders | Southern Appalachian culture

Henderson County News

Flat Rock, county move to recognize historic landmarks

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Henderson County folks wear the cloak of history.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic preservation | Flat Rock Village Council | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission

Henderson County News

Pardee celebrates 60th birthday

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Sixty years ago, construction was under way on a new hospital on Sixth Avenue between Justice and Fleming streets.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Pardee Hospital | Pardee Hospital Foundation

Henderson County Life

Saluda Grade stars in 'Golden Age' exhibit

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Like a lot of little boys, Larry Morton got a train set one Christmas.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum | Apple Valley Model Railroad Club | Saluda Grade

Flat Rock News

Historic Flat Rock sells Greenville Hwy. house

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FLAT ROCK — An early to mid-1880s house restored by Historic Flat Rock Inc. has been sold to an Asheville couple.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Flat Rock | Historic preservation

Edneyville News

Yellow Jackets come home to honor EHS

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EDNEYVILLE — When the county school system closed Edneyville High School in 1993, Jamie Hill McMurray realized that a lot of important history was headed for the ash heap of history.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County History | History | Edneyville | Henderson County Education History Initiative

Henderson County News

SLIDESHOW: Model railroad stars in 'Golden Age' exhibit

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Larry Morton pointed to a tiny pond beside the railroad tracks between Saluda and East Flat Rock, where an even tinier figure was perched on a rock.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Historic Courthouse | transportation | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County News

CELEBRATE SENIORS: 'You're in the Army now'

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Most of the young men who were drafted into the armed services from Henderson County had their first physical and were sworn in at Camp Croft near Spartanburg. I was among a group of 99 who went through that experience in March of 1943.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Frederick b. Jones

Henderson County News

Mills River salutes origins of education

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MILLS RIVER — Long before the state created schools, community leaders built log structures and started educating children on their own.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Henderson County Public Schools | History

Henderson County News

Education exhibit closing this week

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This is the last week to see the education exhibit at the Heritage Museum located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County Life

Museum seeks volunteers for 'Golden Age' exhibit

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The Henderson County Heritage Museum is accepting volunteers to assist with the opening of the display depicting "The Golden Age of Henderson County 1879 – 1926" and the "Coming of the Railroad."   Read Story »

Tags: History | Henderson County Heritage Museum

Henderson County News

STORM OF THE CENTURY: 20 years ago, blizzard buried us

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As Friday dawned, Rocky Hyder wondered just how big the coming snowfall would be.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | History | Rocky Hyder

Henderson County News

County's inaction stalls historic board's work

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Members of the county-appointed board responsible for researching historic properties say they might as well go out of business if the Henderson County Board of Commissioners continues to withhold approval of its work.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society | History | Historic preservation | Saint's Paul Episcopal Church | Henderson County Historic Resources Commission | Don Wilson | Sue Shepherd Sneeringer | Poplar Lodge

Henderson County News

Henderson County in World War II

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Walter Eugene Brothers Jr. enlisted in the Navy in June 1939. Born in Charleston, S.C., he lived in Hendersonville most of his life. He was a local paper carrier and an outstanding football player at Hendersonville High School.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Frederick b. Jones

Henderson County Life

Garren's 'Measured in Blood' challenges 'Unionism myth'

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Terrell T. Garren fights his war with records and archives. And after studying more than 1,500 records of men from Henderson County who fought in the Civil War he concludes that oft-told tales of broad Union support here is based on myth.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Terrell T. Garren | Civil War Henderson County

Hendersonville News

HHS alumni group honors six Hall of Fame inductees

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For teaching and coaching, starting venerable traditions, bringing honor to the school through career success and civic engagement, even birthing future Bearcat generations, the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association honored its 2012 Hall of Fame inductees on Friday night.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Hendersonville High School

Flat Rock News

Sandburg film to air Monday; Bonesteel donates interviews

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"The Day Carl Sandburg Died," the documentary by Flat Rock native Paul Bonesteel on the poet who lived the last 22 years of his life at Connemara, will be broadcast nationally next week.   Read Story »

Tags: History | Carl Sandburg National Historic Site | Connie Backlund | Paul Bonesteel

Henderson County Life

Spring Festival Saturday at Historic Johnson Farm

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The annual Spring Festival at the Historic Johnson Farm will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the farm at 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County | Henderson County Public Schools | Festivals | History