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Buck Hotel, Asheville
Buck Hotel, Asheville
In this 1888 photograph, the Buck Hotel can be seen in the background at left.
Format: image/photograph
A view of the French Broad River near Asheville, 1883
A view of the French Broad River near Asheville, 1883
Eastern side of French Broad River near previous site of Smith's Bridge, 1883.
Format: image/illustration
The forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains
In Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway, page 1
The relationship between elevation and forest types is one of the most striking features of the ecology of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The major determinent of this relationship is climate: Average temperatures in the Blue Ridge decline about 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Asheville Art Museum
Through works of art in permanent and special exhibition, students will learn about the rich history of visual arts in North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The lights of Asheville seen through trees
The lights of Asheville seen through trees
These are the lights of Asheville seen through trees at night. This photo was taken from Chestnut Mountain. Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
A snowy night at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville
A snowy night at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville
This is a night shot of the Botanical Gardens in Asheville in the snow. The gardens are located near the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Format: image/photograph
Asheville, NC, seen from above
Asheville, NC, seen from above
This is downtown Asheville, North Carolina, as seen from an airplane.
Format: image/photograph
Biltmore Estate
Photographs of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Format: slideshow (multiple pages)
Smith-McDowell House Museum
Discover Asheville's first mansion and oldest surviving structure, now restored as a history museum.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
This is an aerial shot of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The huge Biltmore House, containing over ninety rooms, is the former residence of the Vanderbilt family and is preserved much as it appeared during their lifetimes.
Format: image/photograph
Thomas Wolfe Memorial (NC Historic Site)
Thomas Wolfe wrote fiction and used the setting of his mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, NC in his autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel. The house is now the location of The Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Read a biography of Wolfe on this website and learn about visiting the memorial.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Asheville reacts to Look Homeward, Angel
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 6.7
Review of Thomas Wolfe's novel that appeared in The Asheville Times in 1929.
Format: newspaper/primary source
Colburn Earth Science Museum
The best rock and mineral specimens from the Burnham Standish Colburn collection are housed in the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Students will enjoy the programs that are centered around this collection of fossils, gems, and North Carolina minerals.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Buried trolley tracks salvaged to aid war program
Buried trolley tracks salvaged to aid war program
Caption read, "Removing abandoned trolley tracks to provide much needed scrap for Uncle Sam. Here, in Asheville, North Carolina, a local inventor demonstrates his 'railjerk' for doing the trick. He claims his device, employing three men, can pry loose a mile...
Format: image/photograph
Electric streetcars
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 1.2
North Carolina's first electric streetcar systems were built between 1889 and 1902. The new form of transportation changed the layout of cities.
Format: article
Sanitariums
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.8
In the late nineteenth century, sanitariums were built to house patients with tuberculosis, which was the leading cause of death in the United States. Western North Carolina's climate made it the perfect location for sanitariums.
Format: article
Biltmore Estate: Discover the Destination
Includes a selection of Biltmore Estate images, virtual tours, and activities for kids. Limited historical information is found on this website.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Weaving on an old loom
Weaving on an old loom
A woman is seated and working at an old loom in a cabin in this photograph from the 1930s. A spinning wheel stands on the hearth of the fireplace in the room. A couple of braided rugs are on the floor. Writing at the bottom of the photograph reads, "Weaving...
Format: image/photograph
YMI Cultural Center
This cultural center was created to preserve the visual and performing arts heritages of African-Americans and other minorities. The Center has an art gallery with over 100 works of art from renowned artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, John Biggers. It also offers art classes to all age groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center
Students will enjoy visiting the folk art center and learning about the heritage of the southern Appalachian mountain people.
Format: article/field trip opportunity