ASHEVILLE NC – An anonymous creek that runs through West Asheville’s Falconhurst community has been claimed and could get a name in coming months. Residents are working with RiverLink and the City of Asheville on a formal process to name the creek that runs roughly parallel to Louisiana Avenue through to Patton Avenue.
Falconhurst is a community in West Asheville, bounded by Haywood Road and Louisiana, Mitchell and Patton avenues.
The creek begins along Dunwell Street, squarely between Pruitt and Tryon streets. It runs parallel to Dunwell, crossing Tanglewood as it flows through the neighborhood Smith Mill Creek, a tributary of the French Broad River.
While it doesn’t have a name, the creek has not escaped the notice of the people who live by it. For months, neighbors have been working with RiverLink and the City on the naming process, one that has now led to a survey. So help us “name that creek.”
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Here are the three creek names under consideration and the history behind them.
Hayes Creek – named after Rutherford P. Hayes, son of former president Rutherford B. Hayes. He purchased a 1,200-acre farm in West Asheville in 1897, including the Falconhurst farm. The property was used as an experimental agricultural station and the basis for many projects instrumental to the area’s and Asheville’s overall development. His home still stands in the heart of the Falconhurst neighborhood at 93 Blue Ridge Ave.
Falcon Springs Creek – The creek itself is fed by a number of springs in the backyards of a few local residents. Falcon Springs Creek is a nod to the natural habitat of the creek path, a reference to the neighborhood’s name Falconhurst and a tribute to the big population of falcons that used to fly the skies of Western North Carolina.
Fox Creek – The natural habitat surrounding the creek will soon be developed into Craggy Park, a tract of 45 houses. Many neighbors have spotted at least one fox who still lives in the woods around the creek and wanted a name that honors the animals that still live in our midst.
After a name is chosen it must be approved by Asheville City Council; then it is submitted to the United States Geological Survey and eventually becomes the official name for the creek. Since the project’s inception, RiverLink has sponsored three successful creek name changes with the help of community volunteers:
Buttermilk Creek, a tributary of Hominy Creek in West Asheville.
Penland Creek, which runs along Waynesville Avenue in West Asheville, through the New Belgium Brewing site and into the French Broad River.
Big Branch, a tributary of Reems Creek in Weaverville.
ASHEVILLE NC – Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens, and wild lots of downtown West Asheville! This event will be happening Saturday, September 8th from 11:30 to 1:00, rain or shine. It will start at the Center for Holistic Medicine which is located at 779 Haywood Road in the heart of downtown West Asheville. The walk will be co-hosted by Nancy Hyton, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, and founder of the Center, and local herbalist Mary Morgaine Thames of Earth Dancers. This walk will also be on the same day as the West Asheville Garden Stroll, a free tour of private neighborhood gardens. The cost is $5 for adults and includes a useful handout of the plants we will be talking about on the walk. Kids are free! Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call us at 505-3174 or email [email protected] and we’ll put you on the list.
About the Center for Holistic Medicine
The Center for Holistic Medicine is located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It has been open for four years and has been voted best of WNC three years in a row in the mountain Xpress reader’s poll. The Center was founded by Nancy Hyton, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist, who has a special interest in working with health care practitioners from other fields. In addition to Acupuncture the Center also offers Chinese Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Massage, Nutrition, Biofeedback, Guided Imagery, Reiki, and Osteopathic Manual Medicine. The Center’s website is http://www.centerholistic.com and the phone number is (828) 505-3174.
ASHEVILLE NC – The Haywood Road Vision Plan Committee and the City of Asheville invite the community to complete an online survey concerning future development along Haywood Road. The committee is studying quality of life, aspects of growth and desired improvements along Haywood Road to develop an outline for a plan for the future of the corridor.
The survey is available by clicking here, then clicking on the Haywood Road Vision Plan link on the left side of the page. Background documents including maps and zoning information are also available at this link.
Participants are asked to complete the survey by Nov. 22.
The Haywood Road Vision Plan Committee is composed of residents, business owners and property owners in West Asheville.
Committee member Leslie Fay said, “This survey is a way to reach out to the west Asheville community in an effort to gather information and get a feeling for the community’s expectations for future growth along this important roadway.”
For more information, contact Alan Glines at 828-259-5556 or email [email protected].
ASHEVILLE, NC – Historian Rick Russell, author of Fear in North Carolina, the story of West Asheville‘s pioneering Henry family, will reveal the fascinating history and legends of West Asheville’s Sulphur Springs.
Discovered by Robert Henry and his slave Sam in 1827, the springs were the area’s original claim to fame as a resort and health retreat. An effort is now underway to restore the springs.
Join us for this free program at West Asheville Library on on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 250-4750.
Photo description: Sulphur Springs Hotel, located 5 miles west of Asheville, near School Rd, in Malvern Hills.
Springs discovered 2/28/1827 by Robert Henry, a veteran of King’s Mtn and the first schoolteacher in WNC. Original wooden hotel built ca 1831 by Henry and his son-in-law, Col. Reuben Deaver. L-shaped with double piazzas in front. By 1848 could accommodate 200 guests. AKA Deaver’s Springs. Burned December 1862, rebuilt as this brick building by E.G. Carrier in 1887, then known as Carrier’s Springs (later The Belmont). Burned again 8/24/1892. Railway ran between Asheville and the springs, 1889-1894. Concrete ruins remain. This photo is the second, brick structure, estimated date 1887-1891. Western North Carolina Views, published by Brown. Gift of Capt P.E.G. Warburton of London, England, January 1954.
ASHEVILLE, NC – The culture of sustainability is becoming more deeply rooted in West Asheville‘s urban landscape with every passing day. The Third Annual West Asheville Garden Stroll on Saturday, September 10, 2011 will showcase many new gardens adjacent to Haywood Road – the most walkable/bikeable Stroll yet! The event runs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and kicks off at the West Asheville Branch Library at 10:30 a.m. with a short talk by community orchards and gardens advocate Bill Whipple, aka Professor Barkslip.
As urban gardens proliferate in this sprawling and diverse community, gardens of all kinds are emerging: traditional and permacultural, individual and communal, floral, agricultural and medicinal.
Approximately 15 new gardens will be on view in two areas of the Greater West Asheville community: the Vermont Avenue neighborhood and the Virginia Avenue neighborhood. Each area offers unique garden displays where Strollers can expect a Feast for the Senses, the theme of this year’s Stroll. Strollers may also find gardens with plants or art for sale as well as occasional refreshments.
This year’s Stroll features two special opportunities for garden lovers. The West Asheville Center for Wholistic Medicine’s Nancy Hyton and Healing Roots Design’s Keri Evjy will conduct an Urban Plant Walk, pointing out examples of medicinal and edible plants growing all around us. And Greenhill Urban Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture operation and experimental nursery, welcomes visitors to see orchards and berry patches, flower and vegetable beds, and ducks and fish raised inside the city limits.
The West Asheville Garden Stroll is an educational opportunity where gardeners are keen to share the joy of gardening. The Stroll emphasizes the sustainability urban gardening fosters, opportunities to network among neighbors, and inspiration for gardening enthusiasts. Strollers can learn from gardeners’ varied experiences through question-and-answer sessions and first-hand viewing.
Maps of the tour and information about the featured gardens will be available at West Asheville Branch Library on Sept. 10. Our featured gardens this year are compactly clustered, so Strollers are encouraged to walk or bike; Strollers arriving by car are urged to carpool. Centralized parking will be available near the featured neighborhoods at: Grace Baptist Church, 718 Haywood Road; and West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road. Some parking is also available at West Asheville Park at the end of Vermont Avenue.
The West Asheville Garden Stroll is a non-profit endeavor led by a group of passionate gardeners. It is FREE and open to the public. Volunteer opportunities and additional information are available on the website. This rising community tradition welcomes donations!
For more information, contact Karen Loughmiller, West Asheville Branch Library, at 828-250-4750 or [email protected].
ASHEVILLE, NC – Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens, and wild spaces of downtown West Asheville! Due to popular demand and a terrific turnout at the Spring event, Nancy Hyton and Keri Evjy will be hosting their second urban plant walk this year on Saturday, September 10th at 10:30am. It’s a different season and different plants will be out, plus they will be taking a new route so there will be lots of different things to see. As an added bonus, the plant walk will coincide with the 3rd annual West Asheville Garden Stroll, a free event sponsored by the Center and other local neighborhood businesses that takes place on the same day from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
This West Asheville Urban Plant Walk will be happening Saturday September 10th from 10:30 to 12:00, rain or shine. It will start at the Center for Holistic Medicine, located at 779 Haywood Road in the heart of downtown West Asheville, and venture off into the immediate neighborhood. The walk will be co-hosted by Nancy Hyton, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Herbalist, and founder of the Center, and Keri Evjy from Healing Roots Design, an edible and medicinal landscape design and consultation business. The cost is $5 for adults and includes a useful handout of the plants covered on the walk. Kids are free! Sign up in advance at the Center or just come by on the day of the event. You can also call 505-3174 or email at [email protected] to get on the list.
About the Center for Holistic Medicine
The Center for Holistic Medicine is located at 779 Haywood Road in downtown West Asheville, 28806. It has been open for three years and was voted #1 Alternative Healing Center in WNC in 2009 and 2010. The Center was founded by Nancy Hyton, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Herbalist, who has a special interest in working with health care practitioners from other fields. In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, the Center also offers Osteopathic Manual Medicine, and Therapeutic Massage. The Center’s website is http://www.centerholistic.com