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Buncombe County Tour

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Welcome to Asheville!

Asheville is located in the North Carolina mountains and has a rich literary heritage. It was originally occupied by American Indians in Cherokee territory, but was settled by Europeans in 1784, with Buncombe County established in 1792. Asheville was originally called "Morristown" and was renamed in 1797, named after North Carolina governor Samuel Ashe.

Downtown Asheville offers a wealth of history and culture. Its streets are lined with a variety of architectural styles, from Art Deco to Neo-Gothic, and it boasts a strong tradition of professional and ameteur performance venues. Lovers of nature will find some of North Carolina’s most breathtaking views only a stone’s throw away from the city streets.

A short trip out of town and visitors can tour Carl Sandburg’s home and farm, or the expansive and beautiful Biltmore Estate. Visit Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center to learn about the legacy of Black Mountain College and view art exhibitions, or one of the other many local museums. Downtown Asheville is also home to independent bookstores such as Malaprops and Battery Park Book Exchange, for tourists looking to support local businesses.