Author Archives: Western Regional Archives

About Western Regional Archives

Western branch of the State Archives of North Carolina. We opened in August 2012 and our mission is to help preserve, and make accessible the documentary heritage of western North Carolina. We are located at 176 Riceville Rd., Asheville, NC and can be found on the web and on facebook.

Black Mountain Woman’s Club Records

  Ninety-seven years ago this month, on April 14, 1921, the Black Mountain Woman’s Club was founded. The organization came about after the merging of the Woman’s Betterment Association of Black Mountain (established in 1913) and a literary club, Pro … Continue reading

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Sarah Samantha Biddix Bumgarner

March is Women’s History Month! Although born in Tennessee, noted fiddle and banjo player and old-time ballad singer Sarah Samantha Biddix Bumgarner (1878–1960) grew up in Dillsboro in Jackson County. Her father was well-known fiddle player, Has Biddix, and when … Continue reading

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The Allen School: Educational Opportunity for African Americans in Asheville

The Allen School: Educational Opportunity for African Americans in Asheville Did you know that between 1887 and 1974 Asheville was home to a private school created specifically for the education of members of the black community? The school’s genesis can … Continue reading

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Oteen at One Hundred

A century ago, with the United States and other nations involved in The Great War, improvements to existing American military hospitals were underway.  New facilities were built across the country to train army medical personnel and to provide care and … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2017: Recapping the Happenings

As 2017 draws to a close, it provides a fine opportunity to look back and reflect on all that has happened at the Western Regional Archives (WRA) during the year. Topping the list was the celebration of our 5th anniversary … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

Did you know that wild cranberries, Vaccinium macrocarpon, can be found in boggy areas across western North Carolina? The species has been documented in Alleghany, Watauga, and Haywood counties. The trailing shrub produces four-petaled pale pink flowers during the summer … Continue reading

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Blackbeard: A Brief Biography

Note: This piece is published in conjunction with the exhibit,  Blackbeard 300: Commemorating North Carolina’s Rich Maritime History, on display at the Western Office of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources November 6, 2017 – January 6, 2018, Monday … Continue reading

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