Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                        October 1, 2011 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Memory of Robert Pace
Dates to Remember
Rummage & Bake sale
Saluda Center News
Visions of Saluda
Big Thank You!
Polk County Elections
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Autumn Care
Historic Saluda Committee Update
Saluda Tree Preservation
City Notes
Saluda's Special Places
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Saluda Tailgate
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Saluda in the Media
Saluda Dog Society
News from Saluda Business Association
Winter Tips by Todd Kirby
Post Office Hours
130th Celebration Events
Saluda Classifieds
130th September Events
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Saluda Scoop
Oaks B&B
Art Clues
Childhood in Saluda
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
A Civil War Story
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
The Purple Onion
Area News Media
Tryon Daily Bulletin
Saluda Lifestyles
Past Issues of Saluda Lifestyles

Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty 

New Listings!


For years, the Saluda real estate market was locked out because of low inventories. There are currently 80+ homes on the market in Saluda making this a great time to BUY!  Take advantage of this "buyer's market" while interest rates are low.  Let us help you find the Saluda home that matches your budget and requirements.   



Rare opportunity to invest in a mountain lake bungalow with lake frontage on coveted Lake Sheila, a 28-acre pristine, private lake surrounded by 19,000 acres of preserved watershed property. 1950 SF, 3BR, 2BA,  MLS#506885  $475,000


Enjoy the winter mountain view from all three covered porches of this contemporary mountain home. During the summer months, the wooded lot creates the feel of living in a tree house as you enjoy the breezes coming in from the porches. 3BR, 2.5BA, 2040SF MLS#506705  $239,000



This one level home located in the Village of Flat Rock offers ease of living in a beautifully landscaped setting. Creek flowing past the back separates the property from Highland Lake Golf Course. 2BR, 3BA, 1740SF, 2-car garage MLS#506421 $196,000 




A Quick Saluda Market Update (comparing 2010 sales to date with 2011 sales as of September 30, 2011)


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         23           2
Homes 2010         16           0
Land 2011              9           0
Land 2010              5           0

Homes and land sales have increased compared to this time last year.  A positive indicator for real estate sales in Saluda. Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service. 


Click here to read the 2010 Saluda Real Estate Market Report.


In Memory of Robert Pace


Robert Pace


This issue of Saluda Lifestyles is dedicated to the memory of Robert Pace.  Robert passed away October 1, 2010.

An era passed away with Robert as he was the last family member to operate M.A. Pace General Store.  The 100+ general store is open again and operated by the Leon Morgan family.

If You Aren't Doing Anything TODAY!


I am desparately seeking a clean Green River, and as Polk County Coordinator for NC BigSweep, I'm hoping I can count on all available volunteers to come out on the morning of Saturday, October 1. We will be meeting at 9:00am at our usual starting spot at the Fishtop Access area at the bottom of the switchbacks on Green River Cove Rd. We usually wrap up about noon, in order to not impose on your weekend activities.


Early October is a typically beautiful time to be in the Green River Cove. If you enjoy the fishing, paddling, hiking, and other activities on and around the river, think about giving a small amount of time and effort to keep it clean.


With efforts afoot to reclassify the Green River for drinking water, it is more important than ever to enhance our stewardship of this natural treasure.


Please join the rest of the over 15,000 volunteers across the state for this annual event. More info can be found at  NC BigSweep.


My contact information is:

864.979.7436 (c)

864.457.3384 (o)

828.859.6874 (h)


Thanks in advance for doing your part!


Mark Byington
Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, October 4 at 5:30pm in the courtyard at the Purple Onion for the annual social.  Please bring an appetizer.

Saluda Center October Art Exhibition and Reception October 6 from 5pm to 6:30pm. 

Town Council
meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Oral History Committee meets on October 14 at 12:30pm at the Saluda Library.

Historic Saluda Committee
meets on October 14 at 2pm at the Saluda Library. 

Single Women United meeting and potluck dinner at Saluda Center, 6pm, October 20.

Saluda Artists and Farmer's Faire

Nostalgia Court to Manna Cabanna, Saturday, October 22, 2011,

10am - 4pm


Saluda Garden Club
meets October 17 at 10am at Saluda Library.

Planning Board of the City of Saluda meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Saluda Public Library meeting room.

Saluda Community Land Trust 
will meet at 3pm first and third Wednesday at the Pavilion at McCreery Park. 

Women's Club will meet September 13 at 5:30pm at McCreery Park for the Annual Picnic.

Community Potluck at Saluda Center at October 27, 6pm.  

Visions of Saluda Art Exhibit will be on display in the "Upper Floor" of Historic Thompson's Store, October 27-28 from 11am to 7pm.  Grand opening reception on October 28 at 5pm.

Halloween Stroll on Main Street, October 28 starting at 3:30. 
Rummage and Bake Sale

methodistSaluda United Methodist Church is having a Rummage & Bake Sale on Saturday, October 8, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Enter through the back door to find dishes, books, clothing, etc.--just what you're looking for!  The proceeds from the sale will benefit the church's building fund!

Saluda Center News and Events
New Senior Center
Save These Dates Now!
(All events and activities take place at the Saluda Center on Greenville Street.)  Click here to download the Saluda Center October Calendar.  


Students from Dale McEntire's afternoon class at Isothermal Community College will have their work on display from October 3 through October 28. A reception for the artists will be on Thursday, October 6 from 5-6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.


Line dance each Monday at 12:30pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, October 3 at 2:00pm.


Single Women United potluck dinner will be on Thursday, October 20 at 6:00pm.


Community potluck with Sonya Monts and Company will be on Thursday, October 27 at 6:00 pm. Please bring your favorite dish and enjoy a night with friends. This will be the last potluck of the year.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.


Please refer to the Saluda Center calendar for all regularly scheduled activities.

There is no membership fee.


If you would like to receive the Saluda Center calendar via email, please contact

Donna at to be added to our email list.


Notice! A Thrifty Barn's basement is looking for household donation items.

A Thrifty Barn's basement is OPEN Wed., 10am-4pm, donations accepted, and basement sales every 1st and 3rd Sat. from 9am-3pm. A Thrifty Barn is OPEN Wed.-Sat., 10am-4pm, donations accepted  on Wed. Please call 749-3320 for more information.

Visions of Saluda
"Main Street Snow" by Beverly Pickard
Visions of Saluda

A 130th Birthday Celebration

Special Event

A Saluda Art Exhibit by

 Local Artists

October 28 & 29, 2011 from 11:00am-7pm

Upper Floor of Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill

24 Greenville, St. Saluda, NC 

All work will be for sale and each artist will donate part of their proceeds to the 130th Birthday Celebration fundraising campaign to benefit the restoration of City Hall.


Grand Opening Reception Friday, October 28 at 5pm to celebrate the opening of the Upper Floor of Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill.


Free admission.  Easy access with elevator. Sales are cash or checks, no credit cards. 


Please join us and support your local

 art community!


Exhibit organized by the 130th Birthday Celebration committee. For more information, please contact Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 or email Catherine Ross at 

Big Thank You!

The "Charlie Ward Memorial Pig Out" was a great success.  The day was beautiful and the community of friends was wonderful.  I would like to thank all the friends that volunteer to serve, the music from Jeff pigoutHayes Band, and especially a huge thank you to Fred and Terry Baisden.  Charlie would be pleased to know that everyone supported the event that we all look forward to each year.  We are all so fortunate to live in this special community of Saluda. 


Judy Ward

The Polk County Board of Elections

The Polk County Board of Elections can accept written requests to receive an absentee ballot now, but the ballots won't be sent out until 10/07/2011. This ends on 11/01/2011.


Deadline to register to vote is 10/14/2011 for the municipal elections.


One Stop Voting One (you can register and vote at the same time) begins 10/20/2011 and ends 11/05/2011. The only site is in the Columbus office (Womack Building) for all 3 towns/cities - Saluda, Columbus or Tryon.


Absentee by mail paper ballots must be back in the Columbus office by

5 p.m. on 11/06/2011 to be counted.


Municipal Elections will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on 11/08/2011 in Saluda, Columbus and Tryon.


For more information call Karen Lawrence at the Polk County Board of Elections, 828-894-8181, or e-mail her at

Saluda Center
Artists Exhibit in October

 "Art in the Afternoon"

The Saluda Center invites you to their monthly art exhibition.  This month, we will feature the afternoon class of Dale McEntire.  The talented artists in this class are local and have shown at the Center before with great reviews!  Their reviews of the reception were, also, very enthusiastic!  This show features scenes of the area and a variety of other subjects.  The media is also quite diverse.


To meet and greet these artists, please join us for a reception honoring them on Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 5-6:30 p.m.  

The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC.  Please contact Mary Lu Price at 828-749-3455 for more information. 

Autumn Care Receives State Grant

 Autumn Care of Saluda has been chosen as one of three facilities in North Carolina to receive a Long-Term Enhancement Grant from the North Carolina Coalition for Long-Term Care Enhancement and the Division of Health Service Recognition for 2011. The facility plans to use the $14,900 in grant funds to renovate its outdoor courtyard space.


"We are extremely honored to have been selected for this opportunity," said Administrator Glenn Pierce. "The funding will allow us to take an under-utilized space and develop it into a multipurpose, safe outdoor environment for our residents."  According to Activities Coordinator Joyce Coggins, the project fills an important need at the facility.  "The renovation will add a number of new opportunities and features, including a 'wandering' path for residents with dementia, new 'social areas' for family and friends to visit, a water feature and various sensory garden features for the residents," Coggins said.

Frances Pace looks on as workers begin pouring concrete for one of the new patios.

The renovated area will also enhance the facility's Rehab Department.  "We are designing a special 'rehab sidewalk' as part of the project," Matilda Patrick, Rehab Manger said.  "There will be a section of sidewalk that will have all types of surfaces, useful in helping residents make a successful transition back home."


According to Pierce, Autumn Corporation is also providing funding for the project.  "Autumn Corporation is matching the state grant, allowing us to add patio covers and new outdoor furniture to the space," he said.  "With our temporate climate, we see the courtyard being used eight to nine months of the year."


The competitive grant process took over a year of preparation, Pierce said.  "We had a grant planning committee composed of residents, staff, families and community members.  We are especially thankful for our neighbor Pat Waring who helped bring the many concepts to fruition."  Waring is a landscape consultant who lives across the street from Autumn Care. John Hines with New Image Water Features in Campobello, SC, is the general contractor for the project.


Autumn Care of Saluda is a 99-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center serving Western autumn careNorth Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.  For more information call 828-749-2261 or visit their website at

Historic Saluda Committee Update

Oral History Project

First and foremost, our priority is to continue to capture the stories. To keep on track, interviews have started again. For the immediate future, you may see these interviews on our up and coming website in a mixture of formats including video, pictures and audio. We hope to have the site up by Christmas. A second DVD will be something you can look forward to in the more distant future. In the meantime, if you wish to purchase the first and highly acclaimed DVD, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda (for just $20), you can find it at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, Cathy Jackson Realty, The Purple Onion, Heartwood Gallery, Duck Alley, Green River Adventures, Manna Cabana, Polk Fresh Market, Saluda Public Library, Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar, the Oaks, Orchard Inn, Pace's Store and Historic Thompson's Store. You can also purchase it on-line at


If you have someone in mind that has an interesting story to tell about the old days in Saluda, email Cindy Tuttle with the Historic Saluda Oral History Committee at


Historic Preservation Tip of the Month

Get to know the North Carolina State Preservation Office. What do they do? Click here. Have you wondered what the National Register means for the private property owner? Here is what the NC State Preservation Office says:


The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives. A private owner of a National Register property becomes obligated to follow federal preservation standards only if federal funding or licensing is used in work on the property, or if the owner seeks and receives a special benefit that derives from National Register designation, such as a grant or a tax credit described here. To learn more about the National Register of Historic Places  - click here.



  • The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. and will meet at the Saluda Public Library. The public is invited to attend.
  • The Historic Saluda Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. and will meet at the Saluda Public Library. The public is invited to attend.

Cindy S. Tuttle, Chair

Historic Saluda Oral History Committee

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

As we approach our beautiful fall season when mountain sides turn to red and gold, we must remember the gifts our trees bring us in all seasons.  We shall renew our dedication to protecting and preserving our trees, not only in our lifetime, but in those of future generations. When we lose trees through age, disease or storms, we shall plan trees to replace those we lost.   We're thankful for our green community.


For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 or Judy and Chuck at email


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson

City Notes

Joe Adams


tshirtCoon Dog Day 5K T-shirts are available at Saluda's City Hall. They are

$15 each and orders can be shipped for an additional $3 per shirt to out-of-towners.

Available sizes are S through XL and will be on sale until the sizes run out.  Shirts are moisture wicking t-shirts, and everyone so far has loved them.


posterPosters on Sale at City Hall for $5.00.  


Keep up to date with city news at City of Saluda's website.
Saluda's Special Places

The Saluda Community Land Trust is happy to report the progress we are making on the "Bradley Nature Preserve," with the support of the Polk County Community Foundation.  PCCF has granted us funds to purchase nine acres, The "Bradley Nature Preserve," is to be enjoyed by the Saluda Community and to be protected in perpetuity.  The majority of this natural space will remain in its natural state with a lovely protected greenway meandering through the woods. The Bradley nature Preserve is located behind Main Street with access near the intersection of Esseola and Howard Gap Road.


This project was approved by the Polk County Community Foundation this past spring and has specific provisions to sell two and ˝ acre lots to raise matching funds to purchase the property from current landowners.  The new owners of the two and ˝ acre lots have the option to build affordable green homes conforming to certain green design and construction requirements.  Our goal is to have this important project, the "Bradley Nature Preserve," completed and ready for Saluda residents to enjoy by early 2012.


Most recently, the property has been surveyed and options were placed on the two lots within days of the "For Sale" signs being posted.  This greenway project, also known as "The Lazy Girl Loop," insures that there will be open greenways for walking in a natural setting (as compared with the potential of a housing development that could have had as many as 40+ houses). 


We look forward to sharing additional updates as the "Bradley Nature Preserve" and its greenway near completion.  So, keep your walking shoes ready for getting outside and walking this trail system! 

Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Community Land Trust


In September, we had another outstanding Adopt-a-Highway clean up day on route 176. We were a very small group of road warriors, but it was a beautiful day and we got the job done. Want to join us next time? We plan on doing our next quarterly clean up November 28th with rain date of December 12th. Meet at the library parking lot at 9am, and we will split into two teams to get the job done. Come join us. It is rather fun!


The Saluda Community Garden members will meet on October 11th at 6pm. We will work in the garden 6-7pm followed by a covered dish supper at the Pavilion in McCreery Park. What a great way to end the day with fellow gardeners!


The Saluda Kudzu Swat team is working diligently throughout Saluda using all sorts of methods to control the evil beast. Weather permitting, we meet each Thursday at the Hall house (sometimes known as the "Not For Sale" house) from 9am to 11am to decrown and cut kudzu from trees. You are welcome to join us. Do you know where this site is? Seminary Street, across from the Saluda School bus pickup parking lot. We appreciate all the positive feedback that we have had toward efforts to control this invasive species.


Know what the trick is to kudzu? DO NOT be intimidated by it! It's a plant that has learned how to survive and take over, but it can only do this if you give it permission. There are so many things that you can do to let it know it has got to go! If you have any questions or want advice, maybe you need a little help, call us. We will be glad to assessyour kudzu problem, and if need be, we may be able to help you get started.


Are you interested in going on a hike? SCLT schedules hikes each month on the first and third Sunday, weather permitting. We meet at the library parking lot at 2pm. For more information, please contact Nancy Barnett at 749-4661 or Chuck Hearon at 749-9886.


Our next scheduled board meeting will be October 5th at the Pavilion at 3pm. There is only one scheduled meeting for October. Starting in November and throughout the winter, we will be meeting on the first and third Wednesday of the month in our office located above the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Our meetings are open to the public.


Does your dog play well with others? SCLT, in partnership with the City of Saluda and the Saluda Dog Society, has opened a dog park located on Chestnut Street. If your dog wants to RUN FREE and socialize, this is the place to do it! A lot of time and energy has been given to this project. Please feel free to use it, and if you need further information, contact Dave Prudhomme at 749-9172.


We are always in need of volunteers and new members. You can volunteer for a specific project as your time permits. Membership is our sole resource of daily maintenance for our organization. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3), so any donation is tax deductible.


Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leave a message, and we will get back to you promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website 

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Our September meeting was wonderful! We toured the Bullington Center in Hendersonville. The director, John Murphy, gave us a tour of the center's plants, gardens and greenhouse and explained the history of the Center. For more information about the Bullington Center, call 828-698-6104.


Our next meeting will be Monday, October 17 at 10 am. We are going to the North Carolina Arboretum. The public is welcome to join us.


We continue to care for the garden at Spring Park. We each have a love and fellowship with this special place and invite you to walk through the garden and enjoy this beautiful historic site. Even during the upcoming fall season, you will be able to see native plants thriving. Remember to be gentle; leave every plant where it is in this lovely spot. Every rock has a purpose, and each step is a reminder of times when people came here to be refreshed and share a tale of their travels.


Fall is the perfect time to add perennials or shrubbery to your home landscape.

There are many local nurseries that can guide you on your quest for what is local and where you may want to plant them. If they do not have them in stock, most will tell you where to go to find them or order them for you.


For more information, please call Anita Severn at 828-749-3155 or Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900.   

Women's Club Meeting
The Women's Club will meet October 11,  2011 at the Saluda Presbyterian Church at 10am.  The speaker will be Gene Robeson of Crosswords Woodwork, East Flat Rock. He will be talking about "Furniture First Aid." Guests are always invited. 

The Women's Club of Saluda is a service/social organization dedicated to helping Saluda become an even better place to live. Our members are year-round residents and part-timers of all ages.  We work to raise money to support our projects and have fun along the way.  Our primary goal is to provide scholarships to deserving Saluda students. In addition, we support the Saluda School, the Fire Department, the Medical Center, the Public Library, the Saluda Center, and Autumn Care Nursing Home and the Historic Committee Oral History Project --all in Saluda, as well as other deserving organizations.


For additional information, please call Barbara Hastings, President, at 828-749-1097.

Saluda Tailgate Market


Saluda Tailgate Market is open every Friday from 4:30-6:30. Get your hat and basket, come greet your neighbors and support our Polk and Henderson County growers.


This will be the last month the tailgate market will be open this year.  Make sure not to miss any Friday's this month! 

Photo by Chuck Hearon

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Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT

Gentle Yoga Classes
Wednesday  12:30
Thursday 5:30
Chair Exercise Classes
Monday  9:30
Friday    9:30 

  • Classes are being held below the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels.
  • All classes are taught by Cassandra Nelson, RYT, LMBT. Please feel free to call if you have any questions; 828-749-3794.
  • Cassandra has moved her massage therapy practice to Essential Elements with Mary Farrell; to schedule a session, please call 828-749-1197.

Yoga at NECTAR
Nectar is a healing/consciousness space located across the bridge on Main Street.  We are a Healing Arts Space and Anusara Yoga Studio.

Anusara Yoga Schedule

Monday- Appointment Only

Tuesday-5:30-7 All Levels 

Wednesday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Thursday-5:30-7 The Basics/Intro to Yoga

Friday-8:30-10 Morning Flow

Saturday-8:30-10 All Levels

Sunday- Closed (special classes apply)

*The first Sunday of every month - The Practice 9:30-12:30 


Call Today 828-216-3421 and visit our website at

Saluda Community Library

Paul Koenen

Children's Program - Bouncing Babies, Thursday's at 10am

Saluda Community Library
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm





at the Saluda Library

Each Thursday morning at 10:30 am.

Books, songs, puppets, crafts and more!

All area preschoolers and caregivers are welcome.

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams

Saluda Elementary School

Information Update October 2011


Congratulations to Susan McRostie, who was chosen as Polk County's Teacher of the Year!  Ms. McRostie teaches Visual Arts for PreK-5th grades  at Saluda Elementary and grades 9-12 at PCHS.  Anytime you visit our school, you will see the colorful student artwork, produced in Ms. McRostie's class, displayed throughout the school.  Best wishes to Ms. McRostie as she advances to the Regional Teacher of the Year competition!


Upcoming Events

Wed., Oct. 5     4th & 5th Grade Field Trip to Alexander's Ford

Thurs., Oct. 6   End of the 1st Six Weeks of School

Fri., Oct. 7       Dress Down for Charity Day

Mon., Oct. 10    No School for Students (Optional Teacher Workday)

Mon., Oct. 10    Polk County School Board Meeting 6:30pm at Stearns

Tues., Oct. 11    Report Cards!

Fri., Oct. 14      PTSO Meeting, 8:15am in Mrs. Dill's office

Thurs., Oct. 20 Vision & Hearing Screenings for Grades 1, 3 & 5

Mon., Oct. 31    Half Day for Students---Dismissal at 11:30am


October 24-October 28

Artists-in-Residency, Timmy & Susana Abell, will work with students at our school, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.  Visit for more information about these artists.


October 27

Fall Informance and Spaghetti Dinner

Dinner will be served from 4:30-5:45pm and the Informance will be held   from 6:00-7:00pm.  Family, friends and community members are invited to attend this event!


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.

Saluda Church Services

methodist church

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

The Rev. Paula C. Morton, Rector

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Adult Forum
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
Check their website for more programs and schedule changes Transfiguration 

Saluda Presbyterian
Reverend Jack Presseau(828-698-4317)
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend David Webb
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Meal 5-6 ($3)
Wednesday Services and Academy Classes 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
True Faith Baptist Church has opened on Ozone (in the old sugar shack building).  Services are held on Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday 11am and 6pm.  The pastor of the church is the Reverend Randy Darley.   
Saluda In the Media


See local author, Corinne F. Gerwe on WSPA's "Your Carolina Morning" show on November 14 around 9am.  For more information or to read excerpts from her book, please click here.  


Ballantyne Magazine's "One Tank Trip" featured Saluda in its Summer 2011 issue.  Click here to read the story.


The September issue of the WNC Magazine featured M.A. Pace General Store and the Morgan family.  

Saluda Dog Society

sdsAs the warm lazy days of summer fade into the cool crisp days of fall, the Saluda Dog Society grows and continues with opportunities to rescue animals in our community.  


Latest from the Barks & Wags News...and more:

On August 30, we received a call about an extremely thin cat seen along 176, and as two members of the Saluda Dog Society approached, it came running.  The cat was so hungry it ate a whole can of food in 5 minutes.  The cat was rescued, is now awaiting opinion of medical treatments by a veterinarian, and is in foster care until it's identified and claimed or until a new permanent placement can be found.


Another request came to our attention to find homes for two dogs since they can no longer be kept at their current residence.   Thsdse dogs are a Pit Bull mix named "Petey" and another mix called "Blaze".  If you wish to add these great dogs to your family, please call Heather at 864-735-6247.   


A very special event for all animals... the Annual Blessing of the Animals... is taking place here in Saluda on Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration.  All animals are welcome!


On a new note, the Saluda 130th Birthday Celebration Christmas Parade is planned for Saturday, December 10th and will be great fun for the community and your entire family.  The Saluda Dog Society will have a "Dog Walk" as part of the parade, and there will be ribbons awarded for different categories.  Join us for a joyous time competing in the fun! You may register to walk by calling Pat Waring at 828-749-1332 for your registration form.  The $10 registration fee will be used for the continued efforts of the Saluda Dog Society for animal humane issues.


The Saluda Dog Park is nearing completion and will announce a "Grand Opening" very soon.  The Park is located on Chestnut Street down the hill on the left, and it is open now with guidelines posted at the entrance.  You can't miss it... there is a sign on the fence, a gate to an entrance area, then a separate gate into the main play area of the Park.  Benches are provided for "parents".  Also provided are doggie bags (and a garbage can) so please cleanup after your dog as needed.   It's a great place for our dogs to meet and play, so help take care of the park when you visit so it will be a fun place for all.


Questions or comments about the Park may be directed to Dave Prudhomme at

828-749-9172. If you are interested in donating plantings or shrubbery for the Park, you may check with Dave for further information. sds   


Each month a different dog breed will be featured as Breed of the Month.  This month is the Golden Retriever.  Golden Retrievers are lovable, well-mannered, smart, friendly with an eager-to-please demeanor, great with children, and are the fifth  most popular dog breed (by registration) in the United States.  


The Golden Retriever is a sturdy medium-sized breed of dog, in varying shades of gold to cream, with a dense inner coat that provides adequate warmth and outer coat that is sleek, water repellent and lies flat against the body.  Originating in the Scottish Highlands in the late 1800's, they were historically developed as "gundogs" to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and game birds during hunting and shooting parties.  As such, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive love of water.


The breed is very intelligent and easy to train, versatile for a variety of roles including therapy dog for all ages, guide dog and hearing impaired dog, hunting dog, illegal drug tracking, and for search and rescue efforts.  Because of their loyalty and gentle temperament, Golden Retrievers are also popular family pets.   For more information on Golden Retrievers, go to:   

Dog Breed Info Center 

Golden Retriever Club of America 

Top Golden Retriever Sites 


Golden's need attention and want to be around you at all times, which is an important consideration should you rarely be at home.   If you include a Golden into your life and incorporate them into your family activities, you'll enjoy a friend and companion for life who will rapidly share your love as each year passes.sds


A fun video about a Golden Retriever 


Quotation for this month:   "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."   ~ Unknown ~


We welcome and appreciate your suggestions, information and participation.  Join us to rescue or assist other animals in our community and to protect and support our loving pets. You may email  or call Pat Waring at 828-749-1332.


If you have a favorite story or photo or a fun video to share about a special animal, please send them on to Linda Holden at 


Our next meeting is on Friday, October 14th at 1:15 pm in the Saluda Library. takes a village to save animals.  Together we can...


Enjoy the beautiful colorful days of Fall!


Saluda Business Association


The SBA meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library.  There are several types of memberships from Full membership to Associate membership.  For more information about the SBA and types of membership, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or email


The Saluda Visitor Center is open for business.  New hand-painted signs by Ray Pague have been placed on the building.

visitor center  


 Click here to visit  


Thanks for supporting your local, independent Saluda businesses. 

Winter Tips for Efficiency
by Kirby Custom Builders

Crisp mornings and vivid blue skies signal the change of season here in Western North Carolina. While we are enjoying the mild temperatures now, remember winter is just around the corner, bringing with her the possibility of high heating bills and repair costs. Here are a few steps to help you potentially save hundreds of dollars:

  •         Change the air filter in your heating system. A fresh filter will make your system run more efficiently and will keep your home's air cleaner. Have your system inspected by a professional. This will help insure you will not be without heat during the cold winter months. Lack of heat is not only uncomfortable but also can lead to frozen water pipes causing serious damage to your home.
  •         Look for cracks and gaps around the exterior of your windows and doors where heat can escape. Fill gaps with a good exterior grade caulking.
  •         Have your chimney inspected and cleaned. If you plan on using a fireplace or woodstove for heat, you should have a battery operated smoke and carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Test detector monthly.
  •         Weather strip and insulate the attic access and attic staircase. There are specific products available at home improvement stores for this task which can cut down on heat loss significantly.
  •         Add attic insulation and caulk recessed can lights, ceiling fans and light fixture boxes to drywall from the attic. You would be surprised how much heat is lost in those small spaces.

Check in with Saluda Lifestyles next month for more money saving tips for the winter.

E-mail Todd Kirby at with specific questions or concerns. 

Kirby Custom Builders is a Saluda based full service construction company. Find us at or call 828-606-0942. 


By Todd Kirby


Saluda Post Office Hours

US Post Office Store Hours

Mon-Fri 9:00am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sat 9:30am-11:00am Sun closed

Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921

130th Birthday Celebrations in 2011
130 YearsMark your calendars and plan onMore130th these events throughout 2011.

November 12- Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner by the Methodist Church and Singing for the Soldiers.  Saluda School Lunchroom 5:30pm to 7pm. 

November 29 - Saluda School Pageant, "Saluda's Past," at 6pm, Saluda School Auditorium.

December 4 - Free Christmas Concert at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree at 7pm.

December 9 - Christmas Tree Lighting, 7:00 pm. Downtown Main Street.

December 9 -Hometown Christmas from 6pm to 8pm. 

December 10 - Celebration Christmas Parade at 2pm.


Call Terry Baisden at 828-749-3789 if you have any questions about these events. All events are subject to change. 

Saluda Classifieds
Art studio or office space available.  Approx. 450 sq. ft. Inquire at Brass Latch, 181 Main Street, Nostalgia Court or call 828-749-4200.  

Great office space in quiet Nostagia Courtyard lower level.
510 square feet with private bathroom.  $352.00 / month includes, electric and water. Ask for Debi at 828-749-9224.


"Just Like My Own" Pet Care.  I will take care of your pet in Saluda or Saluda Township.  Feeding, Walking, Play Time.  Contact Marilyn Prudhomme at 828-749-9172 for Rates and Reservation.
Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of lost loved ones.

Elaine Carr passed away September 22, 2011.  Elaine was honored by the Saluda Presbyterian Church for her dedication as the music director and pianist for the church.  She served the church even into her nineties when she retired to an assistant living in Hendersonville.

Edward J. Corn (Reverend Edd Corn), 86, of Saluda, passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.


Agnes Harris, 88,  of Saluda, went home to our Father, Sept. 11, 2011, peacefully in her sleep at her residence.

Roy Diaz, of Saluda, passed away, Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at his home.

Leona Thompson, of Saluda, passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

Betty H. Stepp, 80, passed away September 5, 2011.

Oh! October 

Photo by Carey Pickard.

The echo of a hammering woodpecker breaks the quiet of the woods while the gentle, cool breeze whistles through the tall white pines.  Only a few remaining hummingbirds skirt around feeders while watching butterflies has been replaced with watching squirrels running around gathering and storing food for the winter.  Unusual migrating birds at backyard feeders make a stop on their long trip south.  Days shorten as the autumnal equinox proclaims, "Fall," and the last of the lightning bugs flicker here and there.


As summer pleasures give way to autumn delights of brilliant palettes of color in the mountains, Saluda readies for its fall guests and visitors coming to inhale the breath-taking vistas of fall in the mountains.


Check out these websites for the best time to visit to see fall colors.


Fall Color Information Links 

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Color Report  


The Official Visit North Carolina Travel Web Site 

1-800-VISIT-NC (1-800-847-4862) 

The Weather Channel Fall Foliage Report 

The Fall Foliage Network 

130th Birthday Celebration September Events

130 Years

Celebrate Saluda's 130th Birthday in October with history tours, antique car show, an art exhibit, and Halloween stroll. 


October 5 - In conjunction with Saluda's 130th Birthday Celebration, the Polk County Historic Museum is sponsoring Saluda Day on Wednesday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  The Museum is located at 60 Walker Street in Columbus, NC.  Please make plans to travel down to Columbus to enjoy the wonderful history of our town.


October 15 - The 130th Birthday Celebration Committee is sponsoring an Antique Car Cruise-In on Saturday, October 15, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Members of the SC Studebaker Drivers Club, the Great Smokey Mountains Region of the Antique Auto Club of America, and the Hendersonville Antique Car Club are planning to display their cars in parking areas from the Saluda School through downtown Saluda to the Baptist Church.  Local antique car owners will cruise-in on Main Street for everyone to admire their vehicles, also.  We hope you'll visit downtown Saluda on October 15 to support the 130th Birthday of our town!  


October 28-29 - Visions of Saluda Art Exhibit at the "Upper Floor" at Historic Thompson's Store. 11am to 7pm. View and purchase artwork from local artists. Grand opening reception will be October 28 at 5pm.  


October 28 - Halloween Stroll downtown at 3:30pm.   


Click here to see an update of the photo scrapbook of celebration events throughout the year.  


Click here for more 130th events.   


You have only until Monday, October 31, to make your guess of the amount of money in the jar at the Saluda City Hall for only $1 per guess.  The person whose guess is closest to the actual amount of money wins the money!  Make sure to stop by city hall and make your guess. 


The winner(s) will be announced on Tuesday, November 15.

What's Happening in Music and Art

purpleonionLive Music in October  (click on the name to learn more about the performer.)


October 1 - Mark Stuart

returning nationally touring singer/songwriter.  Leaves few genres of Americana out of his performances.


October 2 - Chuck Brodsky

Sunday concert with details below.


October 6 - Tony Rackley

An old friend returns after too long a time.


October 8 - Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece Jazz

We love having this jazz group back.


October 13 -  Roy Schneider Duo

Their debut at the café with"a compelling mix of narrative and instrumental beauty."


October 15 - Drovers Old Time Medicine Show

Great bluegrass from South Carolina.


October 20 - Danielle Miraglia

We liked her so well earlier this year that we could not wait to get her back.


October 22 - Chuck Beattie Band

aka Dr. Blues, makes his debut here with "Chicago Style blues and beefy vocals."


October 27 - Nikki Talley

Asheville-based singer/songwriter returns with her usual energy and style.


October 29 - The Honeycutters

The Honeycutters

Another fine Asheville group returning with their original brand of Americana music.


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the piano


Posem Concert Series

Chuck Brodsky

Sunday Night Concert

October 2 @ 7 Pm


We are pleased to announce that Chuck Brodsky, one of our favorite singer/songwriters, will be here for our next POSEM concert on October 2.


This will be a rare opportunity to hear Chuck in an intimate concert setting.  His many fans here already know how great his story-telling style of music is, but here is what the press has to say about him.


"If Mark Twain were reincarnated as a musician, his name might be Chuck Brodsky...

Fun, heart-warming, witty tales...there's a lot more to this songwriter than an eye for criticism and disillusionment." Florida Today


"Reflects the good old U.S. of A., warts and all...colorful tales...reminds us there's a whole wide world outside our doors." Rolling Stone


"What tales this singer-songwriter from Philadelphia has...with insight and good humor, he has taken these life experiences and distilled them into old fashioned story songs brimming with wit and compassion."  New York Times


If you have never seen Chuck, treat yourself to a wonderful night at the Purple Onion.  If you are fans, you should call as soon as possible to make sure that you have a seat for this concert.


Admission is $15 per person and seating will be limited.  His performance starts at 7 PM.  The doors open at 6 PM and light fare will be available on the patio prior to the concert.  Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion Café at 828-749-1179.   


Music at the Purple Onion is complements of Rob Seiler.


The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28774.  Click here for directions.   



American Craft Week

Oct 7-16

American Craft -original, beautiful, and enduring- enriches our lives and celebrates our national history. Everyday thousands of American artists share their vision and talent, and everyday galleries across the country open their doors to display and promote their works. Celebrate American Craft Week by visiting a gallery or studio in your region and participate in the creative economy.


Heartwood is focusing on several North Carolina artists this entire month. Jim and Shirl Parmentier make their ceramic lamps and serving pieces together in their Mars Hill studio. Using slabs and coils, they transform clay into vessels and then carve and glaze the surface to uniquely beautiful effect. The first grouping of lamps this year was quickly scooped up, and we expect to have more in our windows by American Craft Week.


Deb Karash creates jewelry in her studio in Marshall where she focuses on surface design and fabrication, giving each piece an intimate quality. Deb suggests "something personal is expressed in the wearing of handmade jewelry," and we could not agree more.


heartwoodRonan Peterson works in his Chapel Hill studio, and we are excited to add his functional forms to the gallery's ceramic collection this October. His glaze palette is rich, colorful, and fun, and his pieces reflect the skilled hands of a master potter who obviously enjoys his work.  


Heartwood is located a 21 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. Please contact Heartwood at 828-749-9365. Like us on Facebook   

Click here for directions.



nostalgia courtSaluda Artists and Farmers Faire

When:  Saturday, October 22, 2011

10am - 4pm


Where:  Downtown Saluda from Nostalgia Courtyard to Manna Cabanna


Local artists will offer a great selection of handcrafted jewelry, pottery, photography, needlework, carving, and much, much more.  Many of the artists will be demonstrating their craft.  Local farmers will offer a bounty of homegrown produce, meats, and Carolina seafood.  Taste samples and go home with a little "Saluda by the Sea."


In addition, there will be live music, activities, and drawings for prizes.  Proceeds from the Saluda Artists and Farmers Faire benefit the Saluda Community Land Trust and the Mill Spring Agricultural Center.


Let's all step out and support local artists, and local foods at this inaugural event.


For more information, please contact Carol Lynn Jackson at 828-817-2309 or email



 megan ward

SHAGTASTICS" The next party of shag dancing, beach and oldies music will be on Friday, October 14th, brought to you by The DJ Quartet,- Buck Crumpton, Jeff Foster, David O'Quinn and Bobby Vaughn. They are working very hard to put together another great party. If you missed the last Shag Party, you missed one heck of a good time!! The Party starts at 7 pm with FREE shag dance lessons. The Famous DJ Quartet takes over the entertainment at 8:00pm.

The admission is only $10.00 for this electric show! The Jamboree has the largest dance floor in western NC, room for over 500!! There will be plenty of hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and soft drinks; plus, the bar will be stocked with beer & wine. The facility will be decorated for this fall season party with extra stage props by the DJ Quartet.  Don't miss this show, because you never know what "acts" The DJ Quartet may have planned.


Friday, October 21st, at 6:30pm "The Saluda Essence of Fall," an event for the ladies, is "THE" social evening everyone has been waiting for..and will be talking about for months!! This is a fund raising event for the Telemedicine project going on here in Saluda. Call Kathie Mixon at 828-749-3651 or Linda Whitaker at 828-749-5121 to purchase your table and get all the details. Saluda is so beautiful in the fall!! Come enjoy the essence of this seasonal event and help get the necessary equipment for the Telemedicine project. Don't wait too long; October 21st will be here before you know it! Book your table now!


Friday, October 28 will be the annual "Masquerade Ball" fund raising event for Saluda Medical Center. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. This year, The Ball will have more things for the kids to enjoy, plus, a great way to show off their costumes. Mr. C's Mobile Music will be here with great party music for listening or dancing, and we may find a new star with the fun karaoke that will be part of the evening. Our main guest, "Jack Roper," will be here with a special magic show for the kids. Instead of a buffet meal, there will be lots of food, snacks, heavy hors d'ouevres, and other goodies to munch while you move around and enjoy all the entertainment. Start making plans and get your costume ready.! There will be costume judging and prizes for the winners. The Masquerade Ball will follow the Saluda Halloween Stroll, so there is no need to change your costume. Just come on out for an entire evening of Halloween fun!! All sponsors and donations are greatly appreciated. Help keep our Medical Center services available for the Saluda community and surrounding areas.  


October and November Music Schedule 
October 1        Tuxedo Junction
October 8        Southern Pointe
October 15      CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC- - EHHS 2001 Class Reunion
Friday, Oct 21 Saluda Essence of Fall !!! An evening for the ladies. See news page for all the info.
October 22      Crimson Rose
Friday, October 28  Masquerade Ball
October 29      Carolina Misty
November 5     Southern Pointe
November 12    Tuxedo Junction
November 19    The Lisa Price Band
November 26    Crimson Rose

Remember, lots of good music, dancing, and family fun every Saturday night at The Saluda Mountain Jamboree.

Check our events schedule on the website, or contact us at
 (828) 749-3676. Saluda Jamboree is located on Friendship Church Rd., Saluda, NC 28773. Click here for directions.
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wine cellarThe Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar

Open Thursday - Saturday at 7PM.  Music begins at 8PM,

featuring local artists and musicians, 20 wines by the glass, and local beers



Sat.    1        A quiet night by the fireplaces.

Fri.     7        Ian Herod

Sat.    8        Frank Beeson

Fri.     14      Dave Desmelik

Sat.    15      Chelsea Lynn Lebate

Thurs.20      Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem:  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Fri.     21      Check

Sat.    22      Check

Tue.    25      Wine Cellar Field Trip to Lazoom Haunted Tour & Dinner in Asheville

Thurs.27      Knit, Pearl & Sip

Fri.     28      Trick or Treat after Halloween Stroll.  Music with Kyle Sorenson

Sat.    29      Doug Dacey


Wine Drinkers with a Reading Problem Reading List.  Meetings at The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks October 20, By: Rebecca Skloot


Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption November17, By: Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, et al


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading December 22, By: Nina Sankovitch

A Message from the Saluda Inn....


Greetings and Happy Fall!  Our leaf lookers and fall regulars are packing their bags and looking forward to their visit to the Saluda Inn, and the great town of Saluda.  Each year we have many of the same groups that come.  The "Up and Coming" group comes from South Carolina and always brings, cakes, pies, and their church bells and playing cards.  They fill the place with beautiful sounds the entire week.  We've got a "Supper Group" club coming and they are known for decorating the inn for Halloween.  However, they said although they are too old to do that anymore, they still enjoy their fall week in Saluda.  A woman's retreat just left behind some of their peace and serenity.  We also have several families who are coming in on the same week as they have been for the past 30 years.  They are all looking forward to our great little town, and the reason is because of all of the wonderful people who live and work here.  Thank you!


A new wine shop--visit Joni Artisanal Wine and Beer on 171 East Main Street, next to Wildflour Bakery.  The wine shop holds 100 wines from all over the world in custom made riddling racks that range from $5.99-$30.00.  There is a cooler chock full of wonderful beers, many local.  Although we have not had an official opening, we have been getting great reviews from those who couldn't keep away.  They love the prices and the selection. They also love the location--right next to the Wildflour Bakery.  You can grab a bottle (or glass) of wine and enjoy lunch from the Wildflour.  And while you're shopping for wine, you can enjoy a cup of coffee made by Frank Beeson himself!  The shop is surrounded by Amy's antiques, too.  It just keeps getting better!  


Our Hours:

Tues-Fri  10AM-6PM

Sat. 10-7

Sun. 12:30-3


Check our website for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-9698. Like us on Facebook




jim carsonJim Carson, Saluda artist, will present an outdoor (plein air) workshop titled "Fresh Paint" in Saluda, on Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29.

This workshop will be different from any that Jim has given in the past. It will concentrate more on design, shapes, and values, and will be taught with a limited palette of just three colors; lemon yellow, cadmium red medium, and ultramarine blue, plus white.


jim carsonAs usual, there will be an emphasis on applying the paint quickly and confidently, and critiques will be held at the end of each day. There will be a different painting venue each day. In the event of rain, there is ample room in Jim's studio.


The cost of $325 includes lunch brought to the site each day by the Saluda Grade Café.  For more information or to learn how to register, visit Jim Carson, email or call 828-749-3702.Like us on Facebook


jim carsonJim Carson's painting "The Farm," shown here, recently won a third place ribbon at the 38th Annual Artist's Guild of Spartanburg Juried Show.


The show will run through October 20 and is located at Carolina Gallery, at 145 West Main Street, in Spartanburg, SC.




jamesonWilliam Jameson Painting Workshop

October 21-24   

Join Bill Jameson for this wonderful 5 day painting workshop exploring "Fall on the Blue Ridge." Open for beginners to advanced painters working in oil, acrylic or watercolor, the small class will explore our Fall landscape through composition and technique. Working with participants "one to one" assures each painter an opportunity to improve vision and skill from this renowned artist and teacher.  Bill Jameson is now in his 25th year of teaching painting workshops throughout the US, Europe, and in Mexico. The 30 hours of instruction combines plein air and studio painting with personalized critiques during the 5 day workshop. Also included in the workshop fee of $475.00 is a "get acquainted" party on Sunday evening, October 20.


As space is limited, reserve your place quickly by email ( or phone: 828-749-3101. Further information is also available on this or other workshop opportunities by visiting



dancers extenstion 

Registration remains open for all youth classes for the 2011-2012 academic year through the end of October.  We offer fun, creative and professional instruction in preschool ballet-creative movement, ballet, contemporary and jazz.  We will also be holding a Fall Introductory Preschool Session for ages potty trained through 5.  Preschoolers are invited to learn the basics of ballet technique and the fun of creative movement in this introductory session geared to the youngest of dancers.  There will be six sessions meeting from 11:00-11:45AM on Saturdays, October 15, 22 and 29, and Saturdays, November 5, 12 and 19.  Register early as space is limited!  $57 for 6 sessions, plus a $5 registration fee.  Contact the studio for more information or to register for short sessions or the academic year.


Adults can dance, too!  Beginner ballet is Monday nights at 6PM, and beginner contemporary is Thursday night at 6PM.  The Zumba Gold program is growing, and so we are adding a third class.  The new Zumba Gold class times are Monday and Thursday at 11AM, and Tuesdays at 7PM.  Zumba Fitness is held each Wednesday morning at 8:30AM.  We've got FOUR Saturday Specials on the calendar, set for the dates of Oct 1 and 15, and November 5 and 19.  The Saturday Special begins with a Basic Steps Overview at 9:30AM and the Zumba Fitness Class from 10-11AM.  The Saturday Special is JUST $4!

Come join the fun!  Beginners welcome!

Please contact the studio at 828-749-9398 or visit our website at for more information.  Keep up to date with class changes on       

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 random arts 

Random Arts Workshops is now at their charming new location at the edge of town in a restored Craftsman style bungalow with plenty of private, off-street  parking.  481 Louisiana Ave., Saluda, NC 28773, Phone 828-749-1165.  Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat, 10am till 5pm.


Friday, September 30 with Catherine Langsdorf, "Random Strokes" for journaling and whimsical art.  10am till 2pm $35.

For most creative people, doodling is something they have done all their lives. It is a release. A pen and a piece of paper can lead to amazing things. It can travel easily with you and put you into an artistic zone. Join us for a day of creative play and learning. Many of the doodlings will be based on patterns that when added together create intricate pieces. Learn about the art of Zentangle®, the method created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. This relaxing pen and ink artform can help even the most hesitant person find a creative outlet. Great for journaling.

Teacher info: Professional calligrapher, Catherine Langsdorf, currently lives in the beautiful mountains of Western NC. Catherine has been studying calligraphy for over 20 years and has been teaching for 15 of those years. Catherine enjoys many forms of lettering - from the formal copperplate to the casual brush letters. Catherine also dabbles in the altered arts, bookmaking and watercolor painting. Her work can be viewed on her two blogs: longvillagelettering.blogspot OR alphabeetangles.blogspot. She has most recently been published in Somerset Studio, Sept/Oct 2011 issue.


Saturday, October 22

My True Nature "a tiny box book" with Kristin Steiner, 10am tll 4pm, $115.

Kristi has mixed it up again, this time creating a darling book from a jewelry box - what she calls a BOX BOOK!

"Longing to touch what is real" is the theme of this diminutive project. Gifts from nature are showcased in two box frames which serve as book covers. Texture abounds as we play with crackle paste, modeling paste, and metal patinas. Gossamer pages hold butterfly wings and dried flowers.  See the countless ways the new Distress Stains can tint and color every surface. Your finished book will be filled with the wonders of your true, beautiful nature. A kit of essential parts is included in the cost.


Saturday, November 5, Local Saluda artist, Louise McClure, Mixed Media Charm Bracelet, 10am till 4pm, $95 includes all materials

Create this narrative, mixed-media bracelet complete with three very special charms and one wire wrapped and beaded fabric bead. #1: Layer images and elements in a resin filled metal bezel. #2: Apply text from a vintage French dictionary to a chandelier crystal. Add bits of fiber, glass beads, Swarovski crystals. #3:  Layer a lovely Lucite flower with a Swarovski crystal rondel. #4: Learn to wrap, hammer, and oxidize copper wire to create special beaded links, wire wrapped fabric beads, and closures.

For information contact us by 

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chicken house 

The Old Chicken House 
We celebrated the first days of fall-like weather with a crackling fire in the fireplace and coffee brewing in the kitchen.  The walls of the big meeting room are covered with framed art by our resident artists, stone sculpture, a paper mache chicken head (the Chicken House mascot) and a room full of "wreaths by Ruthie," all members of the Chicken House family.  We're looking forward to crafts in glass displayed soon by our most recent member. 


Open every Friday - Saturday, 11am-6pm and other days when the welcome signs are out.  Requests for convenient times are welcome, also. 


The Old Chicken House is located at 143 Mountain Page Road (approx. one mile from the RR tracks on Greenville St.)  Phone 828-749-9718.

Arts in Tryon

The 4th Annual Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival

Saturday, October 15th:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 16th: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


373 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28782




More information about workshops and events can be found on our website,, by calling our office, 828.859.8323, or just stopping by to see us!


Tryon Painters & Sculptors

The next opening reception for our Members' Show is Sunday, October 2 from 5 - 7pm and will end October 22.  Located at 26 Maple St., Tryon. 


If you have any questions, please call us at our new TPS telephone number: 828-859-0141 or contact Aviva Kahn at


Visit the TPS website
Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, and craftspeople.


blue gypsyJesse and Edson Roque are pleased to invite you to the Blue Gypsy Watering Hole.  They are serving everything from small bites, weenies, tostaditos, soups, salads, sandwiches, family favorites, and desserts.During the fall, The Blue Gypsy will be open Wednesday through Saturday with hours from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.  Enjoy the delightful indoor seating among whimsical art deco or sit on the outdoor deck under colorful umbrellas...either way you will love patronizing the Blue Gypsy.


The Blue Gypsy is located on Main Street, Saluda.


Stay in touch and find out about new menu items on their Facebook page. Like us on Facebook



salamander wineSalamander is your go-to place for a delicious wine selection you can trust.  Cynthia and Ben personally vet every wine and only carry what they enjoy, so they can help you choose, too.  And if they don't have what you like, they are happy to special order any wine you want.


You can also shop the fine handmade goods of over 100 American artists and fair trade handcraft from talented artists of nine other countries. Cynthia's book selection offers the best of hot new bestsellers and classics for adults and children.

You may have seen them working hard at the tailgate market.  I'm referring to the colorful and durable baskets from Salamander.  These baskets from Ghana are made from elephant grass, a renewable resource.  The grass is dyed and woven into brilliantly-hued and intricate patterns, with no two basbasketskets alike.  With leather handles, they are very strong and can tote everything from vegetables to puppies, travelling from the library to the grocery store to the beach to a mountain picnic.  There are many shapes and sizes, and prices start at $14, with the most popular style at $49.


The best part is the baskets are traded fairly; the weavers earn a decent wage and can support their families with their artistry and everybody wins -- from the artists in Ghana to the happy basket owners in Saluda.


Salamander is more than a local shop.  It's a relaxing and uplifting experience where you want to enjoy plenty of time, and most people do just that.


Salamander is open every day at 7 West Main Street.  828-749-3466.  Click here for directions.   


 buttercup cottageButtercup Cottage is offering discounted tickets to Biltmore estate. The tickets are good any time during regular daylight hours.  They have no expiration date.  Tickets are for sale at $45 each.  On-line price is usually $55 and buying at the estate is more.   Anyone who would like to purchase a ticket can call Marti Wells at 828 749-9538 or email at  Limited amount available.


Green River BBQOctober Specials

Tuesday - Small chopped pork sandwich, homemade slaw, and drink.

Wednesday - Large cup of homemade Brunswick Stew with half of grilled cheese, and drink. Thursday - Bacon burger, fries, and drink.

Friday - 2 Piglets with homemade slaw, and drink.


All specials $4.99.


Become a Facebook fan and you will receive specials and $$ dollar off offers!


Come watch football with us and enjoy our large variety of beers with Narraganset Pints $1.50 all the time!


Our famous "Smokehouse Chili" will be on the menu in October!


Contact Green River BBQ at 828-749-9892 for takeout orders or visit them at Green River BBQ.  Visit their Facebook page to get extra daily coupons! Like us on Facebook 


Green River BBQ is located at 131 Highway 176 West. Click here for directions.  


cabannaDon't forget our local meats at Manna Cabanna from Glenreid Farm and Maple Creek Farm.  We also have 10 pounds of Charleston Shrimp this week. And with our new division, SALUDA BY THE SEA, we can pre-order fresh fish, shellfish and shrimp for you weekly!

 Manna Cabanna, Inc.
"Regain Your Rapport with Nature"



tan tasticTan-tastic tanning and nail salon is proud to announce the addition of our nail tech, Ashley Glover.  She will be doing Manicures and Pedicures on Monday from 9am to 6pm and Tuesday from 9am to 7pm.  She will also be doing waxing and hair feathers.  We will be running our monthly special that is normally $30 per month for $25 per month for October and tanning lotions will be 25% off.  Gift cards available.  Thank you everyone for your support!  


Tan-Tastic is located at 18 Pearson's Fall Rd, Saluda.  Click here for directions.


rain barrellGarden Saviour Rain Barrels As featured on WLOS and WSPA News   
Make hay while the sun shines; gather water when it rains!
Fall Sale-- Now $147

-Polk County Youth Entrepreneurs construct, sell, install and service these locally famous barrels.
-55 gallon recycled plastic barrel with solid top prevents mosquitoes, algae, and accidents with pets or children. Easy to clean!
-Brass spigot set low for maximum drainage, pressure, and storage.
-This is a functional work of art, with numerous design options. Our natural designer colors and reed coverings blend with, and compliment, any landscape or decor.
So please, buy our barrels. You will be conserving precious water, giving our youth and nature a chance to succeed, plus shopping local.
Also: Magical Landscaping, water features, yard art, tree trimming, garden tilling, Life/Joy Counseling.........and much, much more! *
Organic Garden Center--Now Open--Plants for sale and FREE. Located at
4020 S. Wilson Hill Rd., Mill Spring.  

For more information, please contact Cindy Bosien, at 828-625-9684, or e-mail


thompsonstoreNews from Historic Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill 

Autumn is fast approaching, and just as the leaves are changing, so is Thompson's Store!  We have many new and exciting endeavors afoot, so be sure to come by and see what we're up to!


The really big news is that the renovation of the store's second story is nearly complete!  We will showcase our new upstairs meeting spaces for the first time on October 28 & 29 with an art show that will exhibit works inspired by Saluda.  Come check out this free artistic event and also take a tour of our beautifully restored rooms and new balcony.  Also, beginning on November 1, these upstairs meeting rooms, capable of holding up to 100 people, will be available for catered events!  Let Thompson's Store host your next party, anniversary, meeting, or exhibit.


Planning cookout for family or friends? In addition to our famous steaks and sausage, Thompson's Store is now proud to offer our new deli take-out service.  Don't feel like preparing dinner tonight?  Let our deli feed you and your family!  Our delicious homemade take-out items include burgers made with half beef and half Charlie Ward's famous sausage, pork or beef kabobs, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread salad, pimento cheese (regular or spicy), and  delicious peach and blueberry cobbler.  All items are made fresh and sold in individual servings up to party size quantities. Add to that our selection of fine deli meats and cheeses, and we can simplify your next special event. Finally, be sure to add our Lusty Monk mustards to your next occasion. Made using whole mustard seeds, this is by far the best mustard you will ever taste.


Our store also carries some other excellent food items that are decidedly unique.  If you are a coffee lover, come buy one of our three varieties of Keen's Beans.  These fresh, organic coffee beans are shade-grown on a small family-owned plantation in Costa Rica.  You will not believe how fresh and delicious these coffee beans are!  Also, we are now carrying Black Mountain goat cheeses, a rare but tasty delicacy that you don't want to miss.


Finally, don't forget that Christmas is not far off!  If you are looking for a unique gift, check out our store merchandise, such as our celebrated Coon Dog Day and Thompson's Store shirts and caps.  For lovers of bluegrass music, you simply must purchase a copy of the recently-released "Saluda Mountain Memories," which features ten classic tracks celebrating coon dogs, railroads, and the good life in Saluda!  For any young readers in your life, be sure to grab a copy of "The Adventures of Rattler & Friends, Volume 1."  This delightful kid's book, authored by Jonathan Thompson, centers on the three animal mascots of Thompson's Store and their unique friendship.  Volume 2 in this series will be out in December, so pick up both if you can! If you have admired the "Ward's Grill" aprons worn by our employees, they are now available for purchase as a gift or for personal use.


We appreciate all of our customers who support us and want to see more of our Saluda family take advantage of the convenience that comes with shopping locally. If you haven't visited us in a while, we urge you to stop in and leave your suggestions as to how we may accommodate your needs. A community grocery is the linchpin to a vital and healthy Main Street. However, it must depend on the support of the community it serves. A regular visit to Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill will reacquaint you with the wide array of new products now available.


Thompson's Store is a family tradition dating back 121 years to 1890, and we hope to be around for another century.


As a reminder, much of our merchandise is available online at  But we hope that you will also come by the store in person.  We would love to see you!


The store and grill are located at 24 Greenville Street, Saluda, NC.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.

wildflourWho doesn't love October in Saluda?  Beautiful color, perfect weather, and delicious local produce still available.  At the Wildflour, you can enjoy a hearty bowl of soup, made with fresh, local vegetables, or one of Molly's pastries made with freshly stone ground grain.  Order a sandwich made on Wildflour's delicious and nutritious breads - baked fresh every day!  And there is more.....quiche, French toast, bean bowl, daily specials.  Dine indoors or enjoy the beautiful courtyard.  Treat your friends, family, visitors or yourself to a perfect autumn outing at Wildflour Bake Shop.  



 Thursday      8am - 4pm

 Friday          8am - 5pm

 Saturday      8am - 5pm

 Sunday        9am - 3pm


Keep Saturday, October 22 open for the Saluda Artists and Farmers, crafts, art, music and more!


PS to Autumn Visitors:  Wildflour Bake Shop is once again located in the main brick building right across from Saluda Elementary School.  Come on by!


Wildflour Bake Shop  828-749-3356
Wildflour Bakery  828-749-9224
Check us out online at for daily specials or use the good ol' fashion way...828-749-3356.   Search for us on Like us on Facebook


Orchard Inn
The leaves are just starting to turn into a palette of amazing colors, and the views are simply spectacular from the dining room and terrace of the Orchard Inn.

Our fine dining restaurant is open to the public Thurs - Sat evenings, or any night for parties of 8 or more. Our menu changes daily and consists of local, fresh, and organic (when available) ingredients. Marianne and Monica collaborate to create healthful yet sumptuous European inspired dishes that will delight your senses. We also have an excellent selection of wines by the bottle or by the glass. Call: 828-749-5471 for reservations. We still have a limited amount of space available for Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be a fabulous 5-course feast starting at 2:00pm for only $59 per person. Enjoy the day, and leave the cooking to us!
Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 

Rachel Box, owner of Salon Rachelle ll is inviting all Saluda residents to attend the open house of the new salon which opened September 19 on Saturday, October 22, 2011. This is a fun event to be held in conjunction with the festivities at Nostalgia Courtyard on the same day. Rachel says come by, see the new salon, have some refreshments and signup for the door prizes on Saturday, October, 22 from 9am to 2 pm. See you there, Saluda!  The salon is located at 31 Pearson's Falls Rd., Saluda.  Contact at 828-749-2600.  

A Message from the Oaks Bed & Breakfast

oaksLeaves are falling just like embers

In colors red and gold they set us on fire

Burning just like a moonbeam in our eyes

Somebody said they saw me

Swinging the world by the tail

Bouncing over a white cloud

Killing the blues


"Raising Sand" - Alison Krauss & Robert Plant


Special thanks to all our friends that have visited us at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast this past summer!  Every week we've had the pleasure of hosting visitors from Toccoa, GA to Titusville, FL; from Monterrey, Mexico to Braunschweis, Germany.  We've had parents here to deliver their children to camp.  People, who have hiked, kayaked, shopped and explored - then savored the area's best cuisine, while listening to the music of the Blue Ridge.  They attended live theater and summer festivals.   They arrived by bicycle, Harley, convertible, SUV and mini -van.  They caught up on their reading and learned the names of our wildflowers and birds.  Many renewed a connection long lost to a life lived in the fast lane.


And now, add to the picture comfortable mountain temperatures and the dazzling colors of fall.  It is a once a year occurrence and an experience of a lifetime.


If your schedule will not allow fall travel, consider a holiday getaway.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to escape to the mountains.  Several area restaurants, including The Saluda Grade Café (an easy walk from The Oaks), will be preparing a traditional dinner with all the trimmings.  Relax by the fire, then retreat to your cozy accommodations and feast on the best night's sleep imaginable. 


The celebration of Christmas kicks off with Saluda's Home Town Christmas, Dec. 9th on Main Street and continues through New Years.  Of course, The Oaks will be decked out in high-style with traditional Christmas trees, lights and decorations.  Enjoy a gourmet breakfast, exchange gifts in the Parlor in front of a cheery fire and spend the evening at the Biltmore's Candlelight Christmas.  Come let your spirits soar with warmth and magic of the holidays.  A special place awaits you.  Come and share the fellowship that is The Oaks Bed and Breakfast for the holidays.

Call 828.749.2000 for reservations, or visit .



Guests who have stayed at The Oaks Bed and Breakfast this past summer no doubt noticed the beautiful frame the owners, Dale and Donna, have worked to put on this beautiful picture; a lush fescue lawn, new trees and shrubs and attractive rock-work that accents the dense wooded area at the back. 


For those that have to stay connected, they have added Wireless Internet to the list of amenities available to their guests!  So now you can trade stocks, check your emails or play Angry Birds fireside in the library, or on our expansive wraparound veranda.  What a great way to spend a gorgeous fall day.  Either that or you could help them rake leaves. . .  We hope to see you soon!


Contact the Oaks at 828-749-2000 or email  Visit their website for more information. Located at 339 Greenville Street.  Click here for directions.   

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


"Processes for Creating"

Featuring Artist Ray Pague

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There are skills that can be learned and practiced regarding art.  We've presented many of them in Art Clues.  This column, however, is not specifically about the skills of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, et al.  It will instead describe some ideas that Ray Pague, a classically trained painter, uses in the

processes he chooses for his paintings.


This column will include a series of three processes described by Ray.


Series # 1:  Ray calls this the "Eudora Welty Series".  She was studying and documenting rural America and recording her findings with photography.  He was inspired by the striking personalities in her photos.  Rather than using black or sepia, she chose indigo and diazinon purple for a look of antiquity.

For this series Ray chose watercolor painting.

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Series #2: This he calls the "Downtown Saluda" series, which resulted in an oil painting 12 inches tall and 9 feet long in 3 sections. This process took two months to complete. He painted every business on Main Street and did not work from photos.  On location he drew with a brush on canvas in two point perspective, rendering downtown in burnt sienna. He then continued and expanded the process at night in his studio.  The next day he went out again on location and did small sketches from life for details as needed.

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Series #3: Ray calls this series "Sketches and Paintings".

For his sketches, he has currently switched from white paper to light  brown (midtone) paper. ( There are sketch books made with this color paper.) For these sketches he works on location and uses colored pencils, black ink and pens.


As he is doing more outside work, he also uses brushes and does acrylic sketches for fast drying.

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"Iam grateful for this phase of my artistic life, for the subject matter of Saluda and for The Old Chicken House as a wonderful place to work." 

                                                                   Ray Pague


Beverly Bowden Pickard

Childhood Hunting of Small Game
by Clark Thompson

thompsonFollowing in the footsteps of two older brothers, I began at a fairly young age to hunt squirrels and rabbits which were sources of meat supply in our household. These activities were limited to the cool months of late fall through early spring. The only weapon I owned was a single shot 22-gauge rifle which, quite frankly, was not ideal for bringing down fast-moving critters. However, I had to make do with it and seldom hit my intended targets.


Despite expending lots of lead during my youthful years, I was never accused of being a marksman. However, far more successful efforts were realized by trapping rabbits in "gums." The word gum is a holdover from earlier times when the rotten centers of black gum trees were burned to hollow them out, making natural boxes that could be used for beehives, chicken nests, rabbit traps, etc. Gum became the generic term for whatever served the same purpose as the original blocks of black gumwood. Rabbit gums such as mine were rectangular wooden boxes with the far end closed and a trap door at the entrance that slid down like a guillotine. The top of the door was tied to a stick balanced on one end while the other had a notched trigger clipped into the box to hold the door open. The front entrance was rubbed with the scent of apples, carrots, or lettuce, and the food was then placed at the very back of the gum, past the triggering device. During each season, I kept as many as a half dozen of these rabbit gums set in nearby woods and fields. This required checking them on a daily basis to determine if any critter had fallen for the trap. It was not unusual to find a possum or large rat in the box rather than a rabbit. In those instances, I just released them since they could be vicious and possibly cause injury if not handled properly.


Removing a rabbit could also pose a danger. Due to the narrowness of the box, most rabbits would still be facing the baited end when the front trap door was opened. This was the ideal position for reaching in to secure the back legs before attempting to pull them out of the box. However, occasionally a rabbit would successfully turn itself around and would be facing the front. This created quite a dilemma for me. If the rabbit couldn't be turned back in the other direction, then I had to pull him out by his front legs while leaving his powerful back legs free to resist my efforts. In those instances, as soon as the rabbit cleared the box, it would begin clawing and flailing its muscular hind legs which could rip into my arms and hands with its extremely sharp claws. Several times I suffered severe and deep claw marks before deciding that a rabbit turned the wrong way wasn't worth risking field removal. It was better to just carry the trapped rabbit home in the box. There I could solicit assistance from some adult male or cover my arms and hands with leather for protection.


One of my brothers-in-law was an expert iat administering the rabbit punch and tried to teach me the technique, but to no avail. It required the correct application of a powerful blow from the bottom edge of the hand to the back of the rabbit's neck while holding it upside down, much like a karate chop. My attempts were never successful because of the inaccuracy of my blows which usually landed on the rabbit's tough skull and resulted in excruciating pain to my hand and arm. This only excited the poor rabbit who would begin fighting and squalling in desperation. My other weapon was a large stick, but by the time I finished the job, most of the front part of the rabbit would be so bruised as to be unfit for consumption. After these many years, I still feel guilty about inflicting such pain and brutality on these poor innocent creatures.


Squirrels were another matter. They were always harvested by hunting so there was no trauma to deal with as with the captured rabbits. In both instances, I carefully removed and cured the fur hides on large pieces of wood in anticipation of generating a little spending money for myself. However, despite my capitalist dreams and a time-consuming curing process, I never sold a single pelt.


Thompson's Store is located at 24 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Saluda.   

Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit

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The Carolina Special ran for over half a century and was one of the nation's longest-lived passenger trains.  It started in 1911 and endured until its last trip up Saluda Grade on December 5, 1968.


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The Saluda Grade Pearl Necklace was designed in commemoration of Saluda, NC's famous railway grade that was a turning point in the city's growth during the Victorian era.  Price:  $137.00+shipping.

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Where Parting Will Be No More...
A Personal Commemoration of the Civil War

This summer, I was led down a couple of paths that I did not pursue. Though I have always been fascinated by the Civil War, I have never confirmed who my ancestors were that actually took part. I was suddenly made aware of the fact that not only one ancestor, but two, fought in one of the bloodiest wars in human history.   

What an appropriate turn of events as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  


Before his passing, Robert Pace often enjoyed chatting with me about our shared genealogy.  The Heatherly side of our family was very much a mystery to me. With Robert's help and the recent help of Leon Morgan, I was able to piece together a little more. From Leon I learned that Cater Leland had put together a book compiling the genealogy of the Heatherly family. I called Cater and he ordered a copy for me. Leon, who also is a descendent of the Heatherlys, took the time to go through the book with me and show me how the Heatherlys and the Stephensons were related.  I was fascinated to learn about a third great grandfather, Rev. John Ripley Heatherly.  Here is what the book said about him:


"Rev. John Ripley Heatherly Pvt. CSA, is buried at Mtn. Page Cemetery. He was a member of Company G 56th Regt. of Infantry, CSA. He was captured at Five Forks in VA on April 1, 1865 and was sent to Hart's Island in NY harbor as a POW. He was released on June 17, 1865 and walked back to NC. In 1872 John was "licens" to preach by Mud Creek Baptist Church. On March 28, 1875, he was ordained by the same congregation and his uncle Rev. Aaron Heatherly was on the board that examined his qualifications. He became a circuit preacher and traveled all over the area of North and South Carolina fulfilling his duty and calling. He rode a white horse and always sat straight in the saddle and could be seen coming from a distance. He built a large two story house on Butler Mountain that became known as "Heatherly Heights" and is known by that name today. There he also constructed a tall observation tower as a tourist attraction and carried people there in his wagon from the town of Saluda. He married Elizabeth Lucinda McMinn."  


I was fascinated to learn that Rev. Heatherly walked back to North Carolina from New York. This reminded me of Inman in the movie Cold Mountain, which is one of my favorite movies. In some ways, I think we all think of movies like Cold Mountain as purely fictional until the actual correlation between fact and fiction hits us over the head. To me it was even more shocking to realize my actual ancestors lived through this event or didn't live through it, as the next path reveals.


At a Hartman family reunion held this summer in Lawndale, NC for my mother's side of the family, I had an undeniable clue to our connection to the Civil War placed literally in my lap. The Lawndale Historical Society has published a book about a David Johnson who fought in the Civil War. They used copies of letters he sent home during the seven months he was away at war. One of his descendants had the letters in her possession since they had been retained in her family for almost 150 years. A second cousin of mine brought a copy of the book to the reunion for everyone to see since he is an ancestor of ours. Later, she mailed a copy to me. During the excitement of the reunion I failed to inquire specifically how I was related to Mr. Johnson. My on-line research into this side of the family had been sketchy at best, often leading to dead ends.


Well, to make a long story short, using this book, I was able to piece together the missing pieces of the puzzle. It would be an understatement to say this was a fascinating journey. The book confirmed that David Johnson was my third great-grandfather who served as a Private in Company B, 11th Regiment (Bethel Regiment), NC Troops, CSA.  


The letters he wrote were very articulate and passionate, confirming he was a peace loving man and extremely devoted to his family. It seems he had no desire to enter the battle and avoided it until early 1864 when the Home Guard showed up at his door. Living in Rutherford County at the time, he was forced to enlist in nearby Burke County. He left behind a young wife, Susannah, and six children ranging in age from a few months to thirteen years; one of them was Joseph, my second great grandfather. The Home Guard not only took away Mr. Johnson, but also took all the chickens and livestock and crops for food, leaving the family with only the house, barn and land. David would later learn they lost the house and barn too when they were burned, leaving his family homeless. During his journey, he would learn that two brothers perished in the war, while two survived. David Johnson did not survive, however, and subsequently died on July 6, 1864 in Richmond, VA of typhoid fever. David is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond along with thousands of other Confederate soldiers and twenty-two Confederate Generals, including J.E.B. Stuart and President Jefferson Davis. The thing that stands out the most for me is the deep love and concern he expressed in his letters for his wife and children. Almost every letter said, ".....if we never meet again on this earth, we will meet in heaven where parting will be no more." They never met again, at least not on this earth.

UPDATE - I had just completed this article and was about to send it to Cathy Jackson for this issue when I received an email. You see I had posted the above story about David Johnson on A distant cousin whom I had never met, nor knew existed, contacted me mid-September. He wanted to know how to get a copy of the book about David Johnson. Here is the second email that I received from him prior to submitting this article:

Hi Cindy,
Sorry it took me this long to reply but I have been in Richmond looking for David Johnson's grave so that I could take a photo. I did find the exact location but there is no marker on his grave. I talked with the folks at Hollywood cemetery and got the information to have a marker installed. The VA will provide the marker for free and the cemetery charges $100 to install it. I am going to order it this week and they said it would take up to 5 months to get it. I will let you know when it is done. I do not have any photos as yet of the Johnson clan but am still searching. My GGGrandmother was Elizabeth referred to as "Betty" in his letters. I just got and read the book and was very excited to do so. My sons live in Winston so maybe if I come that way we can have coffee or something and compare notes.
Keep in touch.

As always, I am blown away. What an exciting journey!


Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle -

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