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, the pioneering family who built the resort, the glory days and the sad demise of Sulphur Springs – it’s all part of Russell’s presentation.
Russell is an Asheville historian of some prominence. After 40 years in the health care profession, he’s turned his focus to our region’s rich and varied history. Russell’s books include Robert Henry – A Western North Carolina Patriot, recipient of The Foster A. Sondley Award from the Old Buncombe County Genealogy Association, and Fear in NC – The Civil War Journals of the Henry Family, winner of the Bob Terrell History Award.
“Richard Russell has a captivating subject here,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair. “The Sulphur Springs hotel is gone and just the spring house remains, but the site is still brimming with history, Indian lore, the Henry family’s determination and, of course, the glamorous aura of the resort’s heyday.”
The lecture event will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 24th, at the Malvern Hill Presbyterian Church at 2 Bear Creek Road in Asheville. Generous sponsors include Terry and Ted Van Duyn. PSABC members and all area residents are invited. A $10 donation is suggested.