150 Year Anniversary: Battle of Asheville

Web postcard croppedPSABC 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 that housed both Confederate draft evaders and deserters and Union prisoners.

Local historian Suzanne Wodek will lead this look back and then the walk to the battle site on the Botanical Gardens grounds. She’ll discuss wartime events and the roles played by locals like Patton, Clingman, Vance, Smith and McDowell, names still well-known around these parts. Ms.Wodek is a knowledgeable enthusiast of Southern Appalachian culture and history, people and … plants. She is the past president and current vice-president of the Botanical Gardens, where she is also a guide and preservationist.

“We expect this presentation to be very popular … the audience will be on their feet,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair. “It’s a great chance to learn about Asheville’s Civil War history and to hike through a battleground field. Comfortable shoes are recommended!”

The 2 ½ hour event will take place at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 11th, at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W.T. Weaver Boulevard at UNCA. Attendance is open to all, but seating is EXTREMELY limited and will be first come, first served. A $10 donation is suggested. This event is sponsored by Terry and Ted Van Duyn and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

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