WNC History: The ghost at Inn Around the Corner

WNC History: The ghost at Inn Around the Corner

“Are you aware you have a spirit at this inn?” Nancy Schnepp, the then-proprietor of Black Mountain’s Inn Around the Corner bed-and-breakfast, remembered a guest saying to her at breakfast one morning in the late 1990s. Surprised and having never experienced the...
WNC History: A ghost in Black Mountain

WNC History: A ghost in Black Mountain

Ghost stories give us glimpses of our past. Often in these stories, real people from the past inhabit present-day spaces, living on in legend as ghosts long after their demise. One such ghost is Petunia, who is said to haunt Abbott Hall at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black...
Lost Cove, NC

Lost Cove, NC

Lost Cove, North Carolina was once described as where the “moonshiner frolics unmolested.” The small town in Yancey County existed from 1864-1957, but today is a ghost town accessible mainly to hikers hoping to catch a glimpse of the desolate settlement. Christy Smith...
ReadWNC: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

ReadWNC: The Ballad of Frankie Silver

Sharyn McCrumb discusses the true events behind her novel The Ballad of Frankie Silver. In this series, authors and historians explore the facts behind the fiction in books centered in WNC.  The Ballad of Frankie Silver is one of McCrumb’s Ballad novels – “set in the...
October 3, 1880: First Passenger Train to Asheville

October 3, 1880: First Passenger Train to Asheville

On this day in WNC history: On October 3, 1880, the first passenger rail service arrived in Asheville at a small station along modern Depot Street. The engineer and passengers were greeted by clamoring onlookers. During the mid-1800s, train service becoming...