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Summer tea series returns to Fernihurst

May 22, 2014

The A-B Tech Community College Foundation will present the first in a series of summer Afternoon Teas and Lectures at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 in the Magnolia Building on the A-B Tech Asheville campus. 

John Turk, Professor Emeritus, Youngstown State University, vice president of the Western North Carolina Historical Association, and curator the association's Griffin Award winning exhibit, Douglas Ellington, Asheville's Boomtown Architect, will present a talk on the history of the Buncombe Turnpike and the township of Victoria, both located on what is now the A-B Tech campus. 

The Buncombe Turnpike through North Carolina's mountains was built between 1824 and 1828 along the Drovers' Road, so called because drovers used the road to lead herds of animals (droves) to market along the coast. A portion of this Turnpike is now known as Victoria Road.  Mr. Turk will also share some of the history of the township of Victoria, which was created in 1887 and surrounded the Buncombe Turnpike.  Join us as we learn more about this exciting part of Asheville’s historical past.

On July 9, Kieta Osteen-Cochran will discuss the history of St. Genevieve School / Gibbons Hall and these schools’ role in the educational history of Asheville.  On July 16, John Turk and members of the Men’s Garden Club will share the history of Frederick Law Olmsted in Asheville and the Garden Club’s plan to recreate the Olmstead blueprints for the garden of the Smith-McDowell House.

The tea and lecture series is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Susan Haldane at (828) 398-7567 or susanehaldane@abtech.edu.  

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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