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About Asheville

Asheville is rich in history and alive with a current culture that makes it unique for its size and its location in Appalachia.

The land at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and The French Broad River here in Western North Carolina at one time was part of the Cherokee Nation. The railroad found its way to Asheville in the 1880’s. Asheville prospered at the turn of the next century and through the 1920’s as evidenced by our abundant and impressive Art Deco architecture downtown. From the Great Depression through the 1980’s economic growth was stagnant and municipal finances were tight. For this reason most of the historically significant buildings in the downtown area remained intact. Downtown
Asheville with its independent businesses is a magnet for tourists and locals.

Asheville now pops up on many radars and top-10 lists. It is an artsy small city and a center for many creative endeavors. Music, craft beer, crafts, green building, outdoor sports, abundant art galleries and a culinary scene that rivals large metropolitan areas are just few highlights. It has four complete seasons, with long springs and lingering falls. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, Biltmore Estate, Mt. Pisgah and the Great Smoky Mountains are dominant players in the fabric of our area.

It is a special place.

Photography by Michael Mauney. Visit his Professional Photography website HERE!