April 30, 1988: MerleFest Began

April 30, 1988: MerleFest Began

On this day in WNC history: One of the most popular music festivals in WNC, honoring one of its most beloved musicians, began on this day in 1988. The Merle Watson Memorial Festival, now known as MerleFest, has been held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in...
April 19, 1784: Morganton, first town in WNC, chartered

April 19, 1784: Morganton, first town in WNC, chartered

On this day in WNC history: At a 1784 meeting of the NC General Assembly, representatives chartered the first town in western North Carolina: Morganton. Their actions created a judicial and political center and acknowledged the growing influx of settlers into and over...
April 6, 1865 – Battle of Asheville

April 6, 1865 – Battle of Asheville

On this day in WNC history: On April 6, 1865, just three days before Robert E. Lee’s army surrendered at Appomattox, war came to Asheville. This conflict outside the city along the French Broad River ultimately amounted to an hours-long fighting standoff, where Union...