The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Local History Resources

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County
An Asheville organization very much concerned with the city’s historical districts and buildings, The Historic Resources Commission is located in the Asheville City Building, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28807 (828-259-5836). This organization was created in 1979 to evaluate historically significant neighborhoods, areas and individual sites and to recommend their designation as a Local Historic District or Local Historic Landmark. It administers design review of new construction or rehabilitation within those areas. The Commission also serves as an educational resource promoting the merits of historical preservation and providing technical assistance to property owners and residents in the entire region.
Grove Arcade, Asheville NC, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas

The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
Another valuable community resource, especially if you are interested in family history, the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society is located on Tunnel Road in the Innsbruck Mall. This society has been in existence for over 20 years and has an extensive library of books and documents relating to genealogy and local history. The organization produces an excellent quarterly, “A Lot of Bunkum,” and has a first-class webpage that is both entertaining and informative.  The staff handle inquires from the public on a fee basis and have published two encyclopedia sized books, “The Heritage of Old Buncombe County” volumes I and II, which compile over 500 sketches each of former and current area residents’ ancestral backgrounds. Membership is open to the public and the society offers many opportunities for office volunteers to learn about genealogical research and local history. The office is located at 128 Bingham Road, Suite 700, Asheville NC, 28715. Call 828-253-1894 for more information.

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The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County
The Preservation Society is primarily concerned with the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of historic properties. It is a private organization that promotes the preservation of Asheville and Buncombe County heritage by providing educational and technical services to the community and through direct advocacy activities. They help to educate the public through lectures, workshops, tours, research and publications. They also provide historical information and technical preservation assistance to property owners undertaking preservation and restoration projects. The Preservation Society also provides financial assistance to targeted preservation needs in the community and they also acquire endangered historic properties for resale to sympathetic buyers. Their office is located at 324 Charlotte Street, Asheville NC 28801. The phone number is (828-254-2343).




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