History at Hand offers walking tours of downtown’s history and architecture. The tours are peppered with stories of what the downtown was like when it was a destination of purpose, before it reinvented itself as the downtown of arts and entertainment we know today. Step back and let your imagination visualize the neighborhood that surrounded Thomas Wolfe’s mother’s boarding house, My Old Kentucky Home. Hear about the boy who had “wheels in his head” who grew up nearby and became a successful businessman.
Take the Family Store Tour to learn the previously unrevealed history of the over 435 Jewish merchants who had businesses in the downtown and their community which helped to shape the Asheville of today. Civic minded, they felt responsible to create a better place for all residents.