The Enduring Legacy of the Castle on the Hil

By Starlett Russell Craig I grew up in the looming shadow of the “Castle on the Hill”. My street still stands but for the cause of urban renewal, the  house that I lived in has long been  demolished. Looking back, my neighbors and friends on Circle Street were like...
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill

One of Asheville’s most significant historic structures, and one of The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County’s greatest preservation successes was the magnificent home of Richard Mumford Pearson, jr, statesman, congressman and diplomat...
Cocoa Inn

Cocoa Inn

It was the on the sweetest spot in a town called the “Sweetest Place on Earth”.  At the southeast corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues, the “Cocoa Inn” was the center of Milton Hershey’s model town, Hershey, Pennsylvania.  But for me it was a landmark, both in the...
Victoria Inn

Victoria Inn

Attending St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines (SGP)  K-12 in the old  ”Victoria Inn” (later the SGP “Main Building”) was “home away from home” as a day student.  The grammar school was on the first floor, classrooms encircling a small gym/assembly/play room.  There was a St....
The Castle

The Castle

As I look back on my years at Stephens-Lee High School, I think in amazement about the loyalty the majority of the people who walked its halls had for such a place.  You see, it was such a different time, a time when African Americans were denied much to be proud of....