Tilda, Joe, and their children

Tilda, Joe, and their children

In 1850, a woman named Tilda was enslaved by the Smith family of Asheville. It is likely that she and her family were held captive on the grounds of Buck House, our facility. At this time, Tilda was married to Joe, a wagoner. It is likely that Joe transported goods in...
Rebecca and her daughter Charlotte

Rebecca and her daughter Charlotte

Last Will and Testament of James M. Smith, Asheville, NC Codicil dated January 7, 1854 “…I further direct that the girl Caroline in said will given to my daughter Sarah L McDowell be given to my daughter Jane Cordelia and in her stead I give to the said...
Lou Bradley

Lou Bradley

Who was Louisa Bradley? We first find mention of her in the Asheville City Directory for 1883-1884 as working as a housemaid for W.W. McDowell. By 1883, the McDowell family had sold what is now known as the Smith-McDowell House on the A-B Tech campus to the Garrett...
Historic Landmarks: Past & Future

Historic Landmarks: Past & Future

Asheville is justifiably proud of its 1920s art deco downtown. A result of the Great Depression was a dearth of new construction for the next fifty years as Asheville repaid its debts. A fortuitous side effect of this fiscal austerity was the preservation of what is...