To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist
Lee Pantas, visit
Cherry Orchard Studio
Delve into mountain
history and enjoy the Victorian splendor of Asheville’s oldest brick residence
by visiting the
Smith-McDowell House. This elegant structure, circa 1840, is
open to the public as a local history museum.
The Smith-McDowell House was built by James McConnell Smith as a private
residence. A later owner, Charles Van Bergen, commissioned the famous Olmsted
Brothers Firm to landscape the property. In 1974, Asheville-Buncombe Technical
College purchased the structure, and leased it to the Western North Carolina
Historical Association. Five years later, after restoration, it was opened as a
One of Asheville’s architectural jewels, the Smith-McDowell House presents a
wonderful opportunity to experience the past in a truly elegant restoration.
Especially delightful at Christmas time when all of the Victorian decorations
Address: 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville, NC 28801
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday:10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Fees: $7 adults, $3 children
Of Note: Local Historic Landmark and listed in the National
Register of Historic Places.
Allow: Two hours
Biltmore Village, Biltmore Estate,
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Directions: From Pack Square take Biltmore Avenue south toward hospitals. Just
before Memorial Mission Hospital, make a right onto Victoria Road.