Today Asheville is a beautiful, bustling, tourist destination with lots to see and do.
George Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family starting building his home there in the 1880's. The Vanderbilt's were wealthy due to their various businesses such as steamboats and railroads.
George Vanderbilt built what is now known as the Biltmore Estate on the 12,000 acres he purchased in Asheville.
Author, Thomas Wolfe, was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and he used his hometown as the setting in his book Look Homeward, Angel. You can visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site while in Asheville.
|Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site|
Some other Asheville historic attractions are:
Asheville Art Museum
Asheville Ghost Trolley
Asheville Historic Trolley Tours
Asheville Urban Trail
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
North Carolina Arboretum
I had heard of Asheville, North Carolina, but I never knew it was full of so many things to see and do. We will definitely be taking a trip there in the near future. I'm especially interested in the Biltmore, America's largest home.
I expect to finish Cold Mountain today, and I'm really excited about a new series of posts I'm going to start tomorrow called, "Ten Books I Thought I'd Never Read". Come back tomorrow and check it out!