Native American tribes, including Cherokee, Creek, and Shawano, passed through Asheville and Western North Carolina, building towns and villages along the banks of the Swannanoa and French Broad Rivers for more than 1,000 years. The first white settlers arrived in the Swannanoa Valley in October of 1784. After the Civil War, Asheville became a haven for the wealthy elite of Charleston and Philadelphia; as the resort era blossomed, so too did Asheville. Second only to Miami in its treasure trove of Art Deco landmarks, Asheville is an architectural and historical time capsule of national significance. It is a community with a rich heritage and history in the arts, including textiles, pottery, and modernist art. Today Asheville is at a crossroads; attempting to balance the environmental and natural attractions of the area with commercial development is and will be one of Asheville's greatest challenges.
Author Bio: Author Douglas Stuart McDaniel was raised in Asheville and Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is a community activist and historic preservationist concerned with the revitalization of historic neighborhoods. Doug and his wife restore old homes and publish several websites, including RestoreAsheville.org and RestoreKnoxville.com. This is his first book.
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