The Historic Resources Commission of Asheville and Buncombe County
An Asheville organization very much concerned with the city’s historical
districts and buildings, The Historic Resources Commission is located in the
Asheville City Building, P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28807 (828-259-5836). This
organization was created in 1979 to evaluate historically significant
neighborhoods, areas and individual sites and to recommend their designation as
a Local Historic District or Local Historic Landmark. It administers design
review of new construction or rehabilitation within those areas. The Commission
also serves as an educational resource promoting the merits of historical
preservation and providing technical assistance to property owners and residents
in the entire region.
The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society
Another valuable community resource, especially if you are interested in family
history, the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society is located on Tunnel Road
in the Innsbruck Mall. This society has been in existence for over 20 years and
has an extensive library of books and documents relating to genealogy and local
history. The organization produces an excellent quarterly, “A Lot of Bunkum,”
and has a first-class webpage that is both entertaining and informative.
The staff handle inquires from the public on a fee basis and have published two
encyclopedia sized books, “The Heritage of Old Buncombe County” volumes I and
II, which compile over 500 sketches each of former and current area residents’
ancestral backgrounds. Membership is open to the public and the society offers
many opportunities for office volunteers to learn about genealogical research
and local history. The office is located at 128 Bingham Road, Suite 700,
Asheville NC, 28715. Call 828-253-1894 for more information.
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The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County
The Preservation Society is primarily concerned with the preservation,
maintenance and enhancement of historic properties. It is a private organization
that promotes the preservation of Asheville and Buncombe County heritage by
providing educational and technical services to the community and through direct
advocacy activities. They help to educate the public through lectures,
workshops, tours, research and publications. They also provide historical
information and technical preservation assistance to property owners undertaking
preservation and restoration projects. The Preservation Society also provides
financial assistance to targeted preservation needs in the community and they
also acquire endangered historic properties for resale to sympathetic buyers.
Their office is located at 324 Charlotte Street, Asheville NC 28801. The phone
number is (828-254-2343).