Historian will discuss the history of West Asheville’s Sulphur Springs
Buncombe government's website announces:
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.