2nd Annual Harp Concert: August 16

PSABC is proud to present critically acclaimed harpist Linda Barton Paul at its second annual benefit concert on Sunday, August 16th.   Like last year’s popular event, this special performance will be at the historic Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village, a venue of great beauty and exceptional acoustics.  Ms. Barton was also the featured…

Blue Ridge Parkway Development History

PSABC plans a singular presentation on Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) structures and the forthcoming award of National Historic Landmark status.  While the BRP itself was begun in the 1930s and completed over 50 years, the story of Parkway buildings is just as long and varied.  Steven Kidd and Cynthia Walton, our knowledgeable speakers, will discuss…

Gargoyles, Feathers & Fascinating Myth!

PSABC presents the 2015 City Scavenger Hunt, a chance to scout out Asheville’s architectural treasures.  The downtown area is known for its beautiful historic buildings, many that date back to the first decades of the 20th century.  Scavenger Hunt participants will travel all over town, from Pack Square to Pritchard Park, on a mission to…

150 Year Anniversary: Battle of Asheville

PSABC presents a talk and walk back in time to the Civil War years in Asheville. Hosted at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, this program will cover ground not so familiar to many people who live here today. From 1861-1865, Buncombe County experienced a Civil War battle, wartime camps, a Confederate Armory, and a jail…

Victorian Health and Tourism

PSABC presents a lecture on a unique chapter of Asheville’s history:  the era of Victorian Health tourism.  Local historian April Birchfield will discuss what drew well-to-do families like the Vanderbilts and Groves to our mountains for respiratory cures and preventives.  This was a time when nationally renowned doctors like Carl Von Ruck established plush sanitariums…

The Rise & Fall of Sulphur Springs

PSABC presents a special program by Richard Russell about the development and demise of historic Sulphur Springs Resort in the Malvern Hills area of Asheville.  Russell will talk and show slides that tell the tale of the storied hotel’s fascinating history and Robert Henry, the man behind it all.   The western expansion, sacred Indian grounds,…

ASHEVILLE ROUNDHOUSE: THIS PLACE MATTERS

PSABC invites all interested to participate in an advocacy photograph in support of preserving the historic Asheville Roundhouse. This significant building represents an important time of Asheville’s rich history.  PSABC urges Norfolk Southern to delay their planned demolition of the building until efforts to formulate an adaptive reuse plan can be explored. A critical mass…