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Asheville’s Albemarle Park

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Asheville‘s Albemarle Park from local authors Stacy A. Merten and Robert O. Sauer. The book contains 200 vintage images and text that capture the community’s history.

Albemarle Park was envisioned as a picturesque mountainside resort in north Asheville. It was a great success due to the collaborative efforts of railroad executive William Greene Raoul and his son Thomas; Bradford Gilbert, architect of New York City’s first skyscraper; and Samuel Parsons Jr., landscape architect for the City of New York. The Manor and its surrounding cottages served as an alternative to standard late-19th-century Asheville hotels and boardinghouses.

Dances, plays, bowling, archery, golf, motoring, and equestrian events were available for guests to enjoy, and meals were sourced from The Manor’s own farm. Notable guests of The Manor included Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Kelly. It was also a film set for The Last of the Mohicans. Consisting of enchanting architecture and romantic landscaping, Albemarle Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and as a local historic district in 1989. Through family archives, private collections, and ephemera, Asheville’s Albemarle Park showcases the history of this significant Asheville neighborhood.

Highlights of Asheville’s Albemarle Park include:

  • The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County partnered with Pack Memorial Library to publish the images from the North Carolina Collection.
  • Emory University provided the images from the Raoul Family Papers and Jane Raoul Bingham Papers gratis to benefit the Historic Resources Commission.
  • The Albemarle Park Manor Grounds Association loaned the Historic Resources Commission all of their archival material.

*A portion of the profits will be donated to the Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County.*

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.