Join us [Smith-McDowell House Museum] for a field trip tracing the approximate route of the historic Buncombe Turnpike from Asheville to the South Carolina border. This tour will trace the turnpike's path through South Buncombe, Fletcher, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Zirconia, and Tuxedo to the South Carolina line. It will then continue over part of the South Carolina state road that led to the historic 1820 Poinsett Bridge in Greenville County. Special speakers will include Brenda Coates, an art historian retired from Western Carolina University; Dr. George Jones, a founding member of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society; and Jennie Jones Giles, Director of the Henderson County Heritage Museum.
The tour assembles at Smith McDowell House Museum on the AB Tech campus 8 May 2010 at 8:30 and departs at 9:00. The cost of the tour, which includes lunch is $50 for non-members and $35 for members. Non-members may join WNCHA at an event-only special individual rate of $25 or family rate of $40 and then buy four tickets for $35 each. Membership confers free museum admission and discounts on gift shop items and other events, making this a great deal!
For reservations or more information, call the Museum at 828-253-9231
For the early history see: Early Settlement of Buncombe County and the Drovers' Road