Ever since I started working on my book, Historic Inns of Asheville, I can’t walk or drive through town without imagining the past – the reconfigurations of streets and hills, parking lots that used to house businesses, old buildings put to new uses. I think about the street car lines and the railway depots, stage coaches riding fast on mud roads and dusty shops filled with sundries brought in from the big port cities of Charleston and Savannah. Millionaires and mountaineers, drovers and gamblers and just plain folk living on the outskirts of town. I didn’t want to stop exploring all that when I finished my book, so I’m expanding it into this blog. I’ll check out places to visit, highlight photos and people of interest, and see what’s going on today in preserving the rich history that made Asheville the fantastic and fascinating place it is today.