In 1784, William Davidson and family found a land with glamorous mountains, grand streams and other beauties to amaze their eyes. In 1785, with the help of Colonel David Vance, they were able to establish Buncombe county at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
After settlers tamed the hostile woods and transformed it into a city, the land became known as Asheville in 1797, named after Governor Samuel Ashe. With the development of roads, linking it to Tennessee and other surrounding areas, Asheville received its reputation as a resort destination for the elegant and affluent rich in the South. In the 1880's modern railways brought more business to the already thriving area.
With its breathtaking scenery and its reputation as an opulent resort destination, it was only a matter of time before Asheville acquired the admiration of one of the world's wealthiest families, the Vanderbilt's. Perhaps one of the biggest attractions in Asheville to date, is the home built by George W. Vanderbilt. The Biltmore Estate. The elegant French Renaissance chateaus surrounded by acres of luxurious gardens is a monument you have to see. During the turn of the century, many other feats appeared such as the Asheville Board of Trade, an opera house, City Hall, the Jackson Building, and many activities and events to titillate the appetite.
In the 1900's, the addition of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, built during Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps project, established this city of opulence. Some of the current events and amazing spectacles can be view in the Asheville happenings. You will be amazed by the breath taking hills all around and outstanding views from the side of a rocky cliff looking over unmolested lands.