For more than two centuries, deep in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, extraordinary women and men have created a truly unique American city. Legendary Locals of Asheville tells the stories of the people who founded, built, and rebuilt Asheville. From the first woman elected to state office in the South, who won her primary before women had the right to vote, to the grandson of a famed railroad magnate who built a 250-room chateau that became the largest home in America, to the entrepreneur who helped ignite the city’s renaissance when he risked opening an art gallery downtown when most of it was still boarded up, Ashevillians are an amazing lot. Likewise, there are stories of extraordinary groups like the renowned faculty of an experimental college that redefined the American arts or the brave high school students who joined together to fight segregation. Their stories are as touching and fascinating as they are varied.

Biltmore and Its Continuing Legacy

Pioneers of the First Frontier

Samuel Ashe,   Cordelia Aston,   Edward Aston,   Niolus Avery,   Emöke B’Racz,   K. Ray Bailey,   Etta Baker,   Charles Bates,   S. Westray Battle,   Chauncey Beadle,   Samuel Bean,   Terry Bellamy,   Aline Bernstein,   Lou Bissette,   Black Mountain College faculty,   Elizabeth Blackwell,   Barbra Blomberg,   Harry Blomberg,   Lewis Blomberg,   Ilya Bolotowsky,   Daniel Boone,   Joe Bowman,   Mark Bowman,   Dietrich Brandis,   Harry Briggs,   David G. Brown,   William Jennings Bryan,   Edward Buncombe,   John Burgin,   James Burton,   Jayne Burton,   John Burton,   Leah Butler,   John Cage,   Thelma Caldwell,   Wayne Caldwell,   Albert Heath Carrier,   Edwin Carrier,   Grace Carroll,   Robert Carroll,   John Cathey,   Cornelia Cecil,   George Cecil,   John F.A. Cecil,   John F.A.V. Cecil,   Mary Lee Cecil,   Nancy Cecil,   William Cecil,   William Jr. Cecil,   Julius Chambers,   Marvin Chambers,   James Chiles,   John Christy,   Samuel Chunn,  Lydia Clark,   Lillian Exum Clement,   David Allan Coe,   Adam Copeland,   Frank Coxe,   Franklin Coxe,   Tench Coxe,   Karen Cragnolin,   John Cram, Robert Creeley,   Davy Crockett,   Merce Cunningham,   Ruben Dailey,   Brad Daugherty,   Hyman Dave,   Samuel Davidson,   William Davidson,   Elaine and Willem de Kooning,   Rueben Deaver,   Francine Delany,   Isaac Dickson,   John Dickson,   Wilma Dykeman,   Joe Eblen,   Thomas Edison,   Jennifer Ehle,  John Ehle,   Eva Ellick,   Douglas Ellington,   Margaret and Kenneth Ellington,   Harold Epps,   Barbara Turman Ferguson,   James II Ferguson,   Bernard Fernow,  Harvey Firestone Jr.,   Harvey Firestone,   F. Scott Fitzgerald,   Zelda Fitzgerald,   Roberta Flack,   Henry Ford,   Charles Frazier,   Burnell Freeman,  Buckminster Fuller,   Peter Gerry,   Gail Godwin,   Billy Graham,   Ruth Graham,   Francine du Plessix Gray,   Patricia Greer,   Edwin Wiley Grove,  Rafael Guastavino,   Rafael Guatatino Jr.,   Rosemary Harris,   William Hart,   Warren Haynes,   Ernest Hemingway,   Irene Hendrick,   Charlton Heston,   William Highsmith,   Rosetta Hill,   David Holt,   Richard Morris Hunt,   Robert Ingle,   L.B. Jackson,   Henry James,   A. Hall Johnston,   Charles Justice,   Horace Kephart,  Adelaide Daniels Key,   Carol King,   Franz Kline,   Gladys Knight,   John Lantzius,   Jacob Lawrence,   Louis Lipinsky,   Solomon Lipinsky,   Darcel Grimes Lloyd,   Anthony Lord,   Bascom Lamar Lunsford,   Edgar Lyda,   Henry Marro,   George Masa,   Laurey Masterton,   Catherine McAuley,   Les McCann,  Lloyd McCoyd,   Pat McGuire,   Roger McGuire,   Floyd McKissick,   Meg McLeod,   James Merrimon,   Sallie Middleton,   James Vester Miller,   Ernest Mills,   Bill Monroe,   Dorothy Montgomery,   Robert Moog,   Robert Morgan,   Cameron Morrison,   William Morrison,   James Jr. Mullen,   William Murdoch,   Eddie Murray,   Kenneth Noland,   John Nolen,   Frederick Law Olmstead,   Charles Olson,   Frances Pack,   George Pack,   Charles Parker,   John Parris,   Elizabeth Patton,   James Patton,   James W. Patton,   John Patton,   Lucinda Patton,   Marilyn Blomberg Patton,   Thomas Patton,   E.W. Pearson,   Arthur Penn,   Maxwell Perkins,   Diana Cecil Pickering,   Gifford Pinchot,   Anne Ponder,   Sarah Lindsey Porter,   William Sydney (O. Henry) Porter,   Julian Price,   D. Hiden Ramsey,  Thomas Raoul,   Robert Rauschenberg,   Jesse Sr. Ray,   Julia Ray,   Patsy B. Reed,   Janet and Irving Reuter,   A.C. Reynolds,   Scotty Rhodarmer,  John Rice,   M.C. Richards,   Cal Jr. Ripken,   Cal Sr. Ripken,   Joshua Roberts,   Hazel and John Robinson,   Dorothea Rockburne,   David Rockefeller,   John Rockefeller,   Kiffin Rockwell,   Paul Rockwell,   Jimmie Rodgers,   William Roland,   Theodore Roosevelt,   Harlan Sanders,   Isaac Sawyer,  James Sawyer,   Carl Schenck,   Samuel Schuman,  Evelyn Seely,   Fred Seely,   Fred Jr. Seely,   Jimmie Shaffer,   Ben Shahn,   Oralene Simmons,  Nina Simone,   Sisters of Mercy,   Leni Sitnick,   Dean Smith,   Richard Sharp Smith,   Foster Sondley,   Willie Stargell,   George Stephens,   James Jr. Stokely,   Peter Stuyvesant,   David Swain,   George Swain,   Roy Taylor,   Charles Tennent,   Bob Terrell,   Karen Tessier,   William Torrence,   Cy Twombly,   Tim Tyson, David Vance,   Zebulon Vance,   Edith Vanderbilt,   George Washington II Vanderbilt,   Maria Vanderbilt,   William Henry Vanderbilt,   Carl Von Ruck,   Felix Walker,   Doc Watson,   Charles Web,   Weldon Weir,   Sprinza Weizenblatt,   Pat Whalen,   Edith Wharton,   Etta May Whitner,   Roy Williams,   Woodrow Wilson,  Julia Wolfe,   Thomas Wolfe,   W.O. Wolfe,   Oscar Wong,   Nicholas Woodfin,   Irene Wortham,   Coleman Zageir

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