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Buncombe County North Carolina

The following was contributed by Patti Wiles, Owner-Innkeeper of At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn.

One of the first things I wondered about when arriving in Asheville proper to make my new home was, "Where did they ever get a county name like Buncombe?"
When the land lines were first drawn in this fair county they were much larger than the current county lines and the name, Buncombe, is after Colonel Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary war soldier who was wounded and captured at the Battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777. Buncombe county is the largest in Western, North Carolina.

As I mentioned, Asheville, is only one of the cities in Buncombe county and my choice to call home. Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville and Woodfin all make up the boundaries of Buncombe county. 

For purposes of my first entry I am going to talk about Asheville. I won't be alone. It seems to me that nearly without exception everyone who comes to Asheville wants to entertain the idea of living here. 
Asheville is, quite simply, chock full of beauty. From one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture north of South Beach on display in our vibrant downtown buildings to the creative souls that find their way here with their heart----- Asheville is Buzz!

Every kind of accolade one can imagine has been bestowed on this fair city I now call my home. We have been noted as the happiest, most romantic, best place to retire and our notoriety for "crafted beer" is growing. Galleries housing every kind of art medium can be found here, the slow food movement and all things Foodtopian is on the rise coupled with some of the finest dining and most innovative, creative chefs in the country, mountain music rings clearly through these hills and the soul of Southern hospitality and courtesy remains happily present. 

Asheville is nicely divided into 5 interesting neighborhood areas: (follow link to continue story)
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