We all love Asheville! It’s a place that appeals to so many people for so many reasons, but how many people know Asheville’s history?
Walking through Asheville’s modern downtown, you can get a true sense of Asheville’s past. Look up and see the tall buildings in a variety of styles including Neoclassical, Romanesque Revival, Art Deco, just to name a few. This vast variety is proof of the depth and diversity of Asheville’s past. One of the most endearing attributes of Asheville is its diverse character and personality.
Can you believe that this terrific city was actually founded by one family a little over 200 years ago? It was in the year 1784 when William Davidson and his family made a very difficult journey over the Blue Ridge Mountains. They were so taken with the beauty surrounding them that they decided to settle in the area that would later become modern Asheville. Within a year, a permanent settlement was created. In 1791, Davidson, with the help of Colonel David Vance, established the surrounding area as Buncombe county. It’s not hard to believe, that many more settlers were drawn to this beautiful area that was also abundant in resources, that a city was founded. That city was officially named Asheville after the governor of that time, Governor Samuel Ashe.