Swannanoa (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) (Paperback)

Swannanoa (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) By Anne E. Chesky Smith, For the Swannanoa Valley Museum Cover Image
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The name Swannanoa derives from a Cherokee word meaning beautiful river. The beauty and abundance created by the river and surrounding mountains drew Native Americans for hunting. In the 19th century, the Davidson and Alexander families developed Swannanoa's infrastructure, establishing farmsteads, gristmills, lumber mills, and general stores. Families soon flocked to the area, traveling west from the coast and piedmont to escape the sweltering summer heat. The arrival of the railroad in 1879 funneled tourists and permanent residents into the town. One of these, E.W. Grove, who built the well-known Grove Park Inn in nearby Asheville, also designed America's first planned community, Grovemont-on-Swannanoa. Industry came as well; the Beacon Blanket Manufacturing Company was built in 1925. The mill was the center of community in Swannanoa, providing employee housing and many other amenities as well as sponsoring sports teams, music gatherings, and holiday celebrations for over 75 years. Swannanoa showcases the rich history of this North Carolina mountain town; it truly is the land of the sky.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780738599403
ISBN-10: 0738599409
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Publication Date: August 19th, 2013
Pages: 127
Language: English
Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)