January 20, 1964 – Martin Luther King Visits WNC

January 20, 1964 – Martin Luther King Visits WNC

Though Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made many public visits to central North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s, including to Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, and Rocky Mount, he only made two known visits to western North Carolina – in January 1964 and August...
January 4, 1839 – Cherokee County Established

January 4, 1839 – Cherokee County Established

Just a few short months after the last forced Cherokee removal to Oklahoma, North Carolina established its westernmost county—Cherokee—on this day in 1839. Formed from lands “lately acquired” from the Cherokee, the new county comprised the western portion of Macon...
Ben and Julius Ragsdale

Ben and Julius Ragsdale

Asheville News, August 26, 1858 The first mention we find of a young man named Ben is on August 27, 1858, when 12 people are sold at auction on the steps of the Buncombe County Court House. At the time, Ben was 18 years old, placing his birth date around 1840. This...
The Love Story of James and Delila

The Love Story of James and Delila

An Asheville, North Carolina, love story that begins in South Carolina… DELILA Delila Ann Holcombe was born c1858 near Greenville, South Carolina, to Martha and Frank Holcombe.  The young couple already had three sons, Thomas Jasper, 12, Grimes Newton, 10, and...