Stoneman’s Raid: One of Many Markers Across The State

This week’s historical marker is just one of 17 that line the highways of the state about Stoneman’s Raid. Like other recent ones, this one is located in Black Mountain at Old Toll Road and reads, “Southern troops turned back Stoneman’s US cavalry, raiding through western North Carolina, at Swannanoa Gap, near here, April 20, 1865.” […]

The World Botanist Who Left His Mark In WNC

André Michaux, the French botanist, left a lasting impact on botanical history through his adventurous expeditions and groundbreaking discoveries, especially in North America. His legacy continues through the plants he discovered, like the Carolina Lily, and his dedication to exploring and documenting the natural world.

Bell: A Piece Of Town History Now On Display

This bell, now a relic of the past, once served a crucial role in the daily lives of Weaverville's residents. It heralded the arrival of the trolley from Asheville, giving people ample time to reach the station, situated roughly where the Weaverville Laundry stands today.

Mount Mitchell Railroad Short Lived Life

This week’s historical marker starts a series of markers in the Black Mountain area and this one can be found on Old US 70 at Old Toll Road east of Black Mountain, which reads, “Mount Mitchell Railroad: Opened Black Mountains to logging and tourism. Built, 1911-1914. It ran from point nearby to Camp Alice, 21 […]

More On the Shelton Laurel Massacre

A week or so ago, the Tribune published an article on the Shelton Laurel massacre (SLM), just one of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of tragedies and atrocities that happened during the Civil War. The article caught the eye of one Madison County native, Dan Slagle, who has researched the massacre since he learned about it […]

A Debt Of Gratitude Owed To John Preston Arthur

Arthur (1851–1912) was an American historian, educator, and author. Born in Rutherford County, North Carolina, Arthur grew up in the Appalachian region and developed a deep appreciation for its culture, heritage, and landscape.

Shelton Laurel Massacre: WNC’s Darker Civil War’s Chapter

The Shelton Laurel Massacre in 1863 targeted suspected Union sympathizers in Madison County, North Carolina, resulting in the deaths of at least 13 men and boys.

Marker Tells Of Turbulent Times Leading Up To Civil War

Explore the divisive past of Western North Carolina through the North Carolina Civil War Trails markers.

Pritchard: A Historical Portrait of a Visionary Leader

Riding along Merrimon Avenue at Chestnut Street in Asheville, you’ll find this historical marker: JETER C. PRITCHARD, United States Senator, 1895-1903, Republican leader, newspaperman, federal judge. His home is 3/10 mile east; grave is 1.3 mi. west. Jeter Conley Pritchard, a name synonymous with vision, leadership, and innovation, stands as a towering figure in the […]

Moore Details Campaign Against Cherokee

A month or so ago, the Tribune brought you an article on the history of General Griffith Rutherford’s campaign against the Cherokee in 1776. This week, we continue the story with a history marker on Sand Hill Road that commemorates William Moore – Captain of the militia force that marched against the Cherokee in November […]