Cathy Jackson Realty Newsletter
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Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
                                                      Where Time Stands Still
                                                                                        January 1, 2012 
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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Dates to Remember
City Notes
Bell Ringer Thank You
Saluda Center News
Saluda Center Art Exhibit
Community Foundation
Saluda Tree Preservation
Saluda Community Land Trust
Saluda Garden Club
The Women's Club of Saluda
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Dog Society
Saluda Library
Saluda School
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Trivia
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Tryon Arts
Winter Thoughts on Gardens
Saluda Faces
Saluda Scoop
Art Clues
Historic Saluda
Childhood in Saluda
Joe Adams
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 many 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.  

New Listings! 

Short Sale! 
Nice 2 acre lot with flowing creek.  House Sold "AS IS." MLS#510883  $76,000


Click here to see all Cathy Jackson Realty Featured Home Listings   

Winter is a great time to see lots and land and there are great investment opportunities!

Mountain Vista 

Lot 6, 2.11 ac, $55,000, MLS#463961

View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $135,000, MLS#418141

Lot 17, 1.65 ac, View Lot, $130,000 MLS#509499

Lot 19, 2.77 ac, View Lot, $159,000, MLS#505961 

View Lot 30, 1.71 ac, $85,000, MLS#463974


Lake Lots

Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $145,000, MLS#510462 

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, 3BR septic, lake view, $99,500, MLS#437750

Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed  

$98,000, MLS#484526  

Macedonia Lake, 1.15 ac, lake front,  dock,

$96,500 MLS#473230

Macedonia Lake, 1.77 ac, $53,000 MLS#506143

Macedonia Lake, 2.15 ac, $53,000, MLS#506144

Macedonia Lake, lakefront, .8 ac, $63,000 MLS#506145

Lake Hosea, .3 ac, $25,000, MLS#509841 


Saluda City Lots

.83 ac, $65,000, MLS#466945

.59 ac, $59,900, MLS#473131

.62 ac, $39,900, MLS#481717

.57 ac, $45,000, MLS#487240

.59 ac, $49,000, MLS#473131



9 acres, private, wooded lot, $121,900, MLS#510693 

View Lot, 1.87 ac, $65,000, MLS#455196

2.12 acres private lot in Hideaway Acres, $65,000, MLS#510184 

Winter Views on Valhalla Ridge, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#474915

Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202

The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $48,000, MLS#454553

Piney Mountain with views, 1.31 ac, $69,900, MLS#454246

View, pastures, creek 10.49 ac, $220,000, MLS447004

Awesome views, 1.5 ac, $89,000, MLS#464781

Vista views, 3.55 ac, private, $89,250, MLS#483169 

Winfield Cove 6.54 ac, $99,000, MLS#447592

11 ac., private, wooded, $110,000, MLS#480390

9 ac, private, $121,900, MLS#509693

21 ac, Awesome Views, multiple building sites, $208,065, MLS#505328

Level land, 3,75 ac, $85,000, MLS#439894  

 White Oak Mountain Lots - from 1 to 6 acres ranging from $30,000 to $150,000


Looking for a Fall and Winter Vacation Retreat?  Click here to download this list of referral properties. (Please contact property owners directly.)  

Links to Real Estate Sources


A Quick Saluda Market Update (comparing all 2010 sales to date with all 2011 sales as of December 31, 2011)


Sales               Closed   Pending


Homes 2011         30           2
Homes 2010         26           0
Land 2011             10          1
Land 2010               9          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.   


 The 2011 Saluda Real Estate Market Report will be available in February. 


New! Saluda Service Directory
We are in the midst of updating the Saluda Service Directory with new categories. If you provide a service, and would like to be included, please email before January 5, 2012.  The final version will be completed by mid January.
Click here to download a preliminary copy. 

Directories will be distributed at Macon Bank, Post Office, City Hall, and the Saluda Library.

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, January 3 at 5:30pm at the Saluda Library. 

Saluda Dog Society
meets January 16 at 1:15pm at the Saluda Library.

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

Community potluck on Thursday,  January 12 at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy watching the video of Saluda's first Christmas parade.

Historic Saluda Committee
and Oral History Committee meets on January 13 at 2pm at the Saluda Library.

Single Women United potluck dinner will meet Thursday, January 19 at 6pm.

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 on the first and third Wednesday at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Women's Club will meet January 10 at 10am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church.

Saluda Center Art Exhibit reception January 26, 5-7pm.  
City Notes

Joe Adams

A Special Thank You!

Thanks to all who so generously donated to the Toy Drive fund this year. Donations were down this year, but we were still able to provide Christmas for 21 Saluda families and 51 children in need this year- the most we have had in the 6 years this program has been in place. We provided warm clothing and jackets for every child, as well as several wish list items the kids requested. I would like to thank the community for their support, especially the following groups and individuals: Saluda Board of Commissioners, Saluda Fire & Rescue Ladies' Auxiliary, Polk County Sherriff's Dept., Dollar General, Christel Lawson, and Cathy Jackson Realty. There was also a group of ladies who donated shoe boxes for each child as well as small handmade quilts for each child to stay warm throughout the chilly winter to come. Without these sponsors, we could not have provided a Christmas to our community in need.  


Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year from all of us at City Hall!

Monica Pace

Stay informed by visiting the city website,

Thank You 2011 Saluda Bell Ringers

bellringerA big thank you to George Sain,  James Newman,  Alice Phillips,  Wayne and Cissy Thompson,  Charlene Pace,  Dennis White,  Mort Farris,  Sam Ray,  Cathy Jackson,  Greaton Sellers,   Johnnie Kinard,  Gene Dixon,  Jim Broody,  Fred Baisden,  Jake Williams,  Gil Willard,  Tony Burns,  Carl Maybin, and  grandaughter, Tharon Moore,  Paul London,  Nancy Miller,  Sue Kruse,  Christel Lawson,  Margaret Miller,  Joe and Phyllis Davis,  Archie and Bevie Hardy,  Neill Bultman,  Jimmy Freeman,  and Dale McGinnas.

Thanks to Phyllis for again bringing her hammer dulcimer and playing the sweet sounds of Christmas.  Thanks to Archie for bringing his banjo,  He had several  "dancing on the main" and traded many songs for donations.  Thanks to Jimmy, aka Santa Claus for his many hours of service.  He was not only ringing the bell, but was being there for the children and many adults dressed in his "jolly red suit," and also, for the 3rd year, he donated hot dogs at the Hometown Christmas stroll.  When payment was offered he would direct them to the kettle.  Thanks also to Carl and Mohe Maybin for helping Jimmy at the stroll each year.

Thanks also to Leon Morgan and family for being a most gracious host, for their support, encouragement, and many courtesies.  Thanks to Neill Bultman...we work together with the schedule, taking the kettle to Hendersonville for counting, and keeping everyone updated.  I couldn't do it without you, Neill, thanks again.  Thanks also to Dale, my bride of 49 years for her support and for all she does behind the scenes.  (Love Ya)

A big thank you to our visitors and the folks of the Saluda community and beyond who entrusted us with their contribution this season to The Salvation Army in the amount of  $2,166--our most ever in one season.

But most of all, we thank God for His blessings.  We can't see those who benefit from our efforts:  the elderly who receive heating assistance,  the family that receives food and clothing,  the child who receives gifts from "Santa" and the list goes on all year.  But Christ sees it all and that's what matters.  He sums it up quite well in Matthew  25:40, "inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me."

I trust each of you had a most wonderful Christmas and we all have a healthy and prosperous 2012.  Once more, thank you.


Max McGinnas

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 January Calendar.  For more information about activities, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 


The Saluda Center proudly presents the art work of the students of Saluda School beginning in mid-January through February.   


Line dance each Monday at 12:30pm.


Book club meeting on Monday, January 9 at 2:00pm.


Bridge every Tuesday from 10am-2pm.

Movie matinee will be the first Thursday each month at 12:30 p.m. The movie for January will be "Secretariat". All are welcome.


Single Women United potluck dinner will meet Thursday, January 19 at 6pm.      


Community potluck on Thursday,  January 12 at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy watching the video of Saluda's first Christmas parade.

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.

Saluda Center Art Exhibit

Beginning in mid January, the Saluda Center proudly presents the art work of the students of Saluda School. We are excited to show the art work of these talented young people.  The works will show until the middle of February.  


You are invited to a reception on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.  Please come and show your support for our fine school.  


For any questions, you may contact the Saluda Center at 828-749-9245 or Mary Lu Price at 828-749-3455.

Community Foundation Celebrates 2011 Grants, Announces 2012 Deadlines

The Polk County Community Foundation completed its 2011 grantmaking year with over $1 million in grants and scholarships distributed throughout the community. Over the past year, competitive grants were awarded to more than 30 local organizations to improve the quality of life for citizens in Polk County and the surrounding area and to 37 public school educators to grow professionally and create unique learning experiences for students. Scholarships were also awarded to 61 local high school and adult students to pursue higher education. In addition, many more grants were awarded to local nonprofits designated by donors in their donor agreements.


Since 1975, The Community Foundation has worked with donors to fulfill their philanthropic wishes and support community needs. Over the years, charitable donations from these caring individuals have helped the Foundation reach $40 million in professionally managed assets, funding a growing variety of grants that make a significant local impact year after year. This past year, Polk County saw the acquisition and conservation of two Bradley Nature Preserves at Alexander's Ford and in Saluda, thanks to funding and coordination by the Marjorie M. and Lawrence R. Bradley Endowment Fund at the Foundation. The Foundation also helped Bob and Jackie Lane and the Tryon Little Theater structure the Lanes' magnificent gift of the historic Sunnydale log cabin so that Sunnydale is always here for happy people to gather and make memories.


Other highlights from 2011 included the first Paul Culberson Quality Local Food Initiative Grants to the Polk County School Farm, the CooperRiis farm, and various agricultural agents who will attend the 21st annual Farming for the Future conference in Pennsylvania. Competitive grants also supported events such as the Saluda Arts and Music Festival, funded by the Saluda Community Fund, and concert performances ranging from gospel to chamber music at Rogers Park. An Unrestricted Grant enabled the entire Sunny View Elementary School to embark on an exploration of ocean life that extended from the classroom all the way to Ripley's Aquarium in Tennessee. Finally, with the winter season came the Tryon Fine Arts Center's Do-It-Yourself Messiah, fully funded by the Kirby Civic Events Fund, and Seasonal Assistance grants to seven local organizations with plans to brighten the holidays for members of the community who would especially benefit from charitable gifts this season.


The Community Foundation is preparing for a new cycle of grantmaking and has announced its upcoming January 2012 deadlines for the following grants: Priscilla & Ellis D. Slater Excellence in Teaching Awards, Mini-Grants for Educators (Elementary Seeds for Education Fund, Middle School Educators Fund, Saluda School Fund), the Kirby Harmon Field Youth Activities Fund, the Kirby Rogers Park Fund, non-competitive Kirby Endowment Funds, the Student Intern Program, Unrestricted Grants, the Mary F. Kessler Fund for projects to benefit Tryon or Landrum, the Samuel and Stephanie White Fund, an unrestricted grants fund which gives preference to donor designated organizations, Grantwriting for Public Safety Organizations grants, and Capacity Building grants for organizational planning and board retreats. This is a list of grants with January deadlines only. Information regarding additional competitive grants will be announced after the first of the year.


Application deadlines and dollars allocated for January grants are included on the "Dates & Dollars" sheet available online and in the Foundation's office. For more information about these or other grants, scholarships or charitable giving options, please contact the Polk County Community Foundation by visiting 255 South Trade Street in Tryon, calling (828) 859-5314, or checking its website,


-Article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation

Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association

Wishing all a blessed New Year!


For information on the Preservation Association, please call Ruth at 828-749-9718 (leave a message for return call) or Judy and Chuck at email


Thank you,

Ruth Anderson

Saluda Community Land Trust


We are looking forward to this New Year and continuing our efforts to preserve the natural heritage of our Saluda area. We have some very impressive projects planned for the New Year as we enhance our public trails and continue efforts to control kudzu.


We are so appreciative of the many volunteers, members and those who donated money this past year. We are very grateful to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support in our local projects.


Thank you all!


We had another successful Adopt a Highway clean up on Hwy. 176 in December. The weather was wonderful and we had a great group of volunteers. Thank you, Archie Hardy, for joining us to help get the job done.


Our scheduled trail walks will resume in early spring. In the meantime, we are working on blazing the trails and enhancing pathways. Come join us on a clear winter afternoon, let us know that you are interested, and we will contact you when we have workdays.


Two new trails are open to the public now, and they are wonderful to walk in the winter. One is the "Lazy Girl Loop" which is located off Esseola Street and "The Missing 40" located off Pearson Falls Road. For more information about these trails, please contact Chuck 828-749-9886 or Nancy 828-749-4661.


Kudzu work is continuing throughout the winter. You may have noticed areas where Kudzu has been drastically removed. By getting a head start by removing the underbrush, the rapidly growing plant will not have the advantage to climb. Kudzu is such a fast growing plant that you need to be a step in front of the growth to prevent being overwhelmed later in the season. There is never a time not to work on kudzu removal.


Don't forget that 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 828-749-9172.


Did you know that we are an all-volunteer organization? You can join us and volunteer on a specific project anytime without a long-term commitment. And, your $25 membership allows us to stay focused on our many hands-on projects. 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 to leave a message, and we will get back to you promptly. Also be sure to check out our updated website


Happy New Year! 

Saluda Garden Club

saluda garden club

Saluda Garden Club will not be meeting again until February when we begin planning our additions and changes for Spring Park. We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!


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 of Saluda will meet on January 10 at 10 o'clock at the Presbyterian Church. The January meeting will be an organizational meeting and all members are asked to attend this very important meeting. We will be gathering information on members' address, phone, and email for our yearbook. This meeting is also the time that members sign up for various committees, hostess duties, and devotions for the upcoming year.


New members and women interested in joining are welcome.


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.

Yoga Class Schedules
Cassandra Nelson, LMBT at Saluda Center

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

  • Classes are being held downstairs in 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 is accepting new massage appointments.  To schedule a session, please call 828-749-3794.

Happy New Year!


Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St. 


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.

The New Winter Series is grounded in the chakra system and, through a deeper understanding of this, assists us in illuminating the light within ourselves. There are 7 main energy centers (chakras) in the human body, each corresponding to different qualities of being, emotions, blocks/growths, illnesses/radiant health.   



Beginning November 1st.


Monday 6-7:30

Tuesday 9-10:30*

Wednesday 5:45-7 (@ Body Synergy in Flat Rock)

Thursday 9-10:30*

Friday No Class

Saturday 9-10:30, 11-12:30 (@ Body Synergy in Flat Rock)

Sunday Occasional Practices TBA


*On Tuesday and Thursday, class will begin with silent/guided meditation from 9-9:15; asana will follow.   


Gratitude to each of you.


Raphaela Fritz,

Certified Anusara Instructor

RYT-500, Licenced Massage Therapist 


Call Today 828-216-3421 and visit our website at nectarme.comNectar is located at 160 Hwy 176 West.  Click here for directions.Like us on Facebook 

Saluda Dog Society


As we move into a New Year, remember the joy and love of the holiday season and continue to light the way through 2012.


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

The rescue protocol for PupPup is progressing slowly at present. Different people had continued feeding him so now his rescue has been delayed, and he hesitates to approach the rescue pen in comfort. Should you see PupPup and he comes to you, please refrain from feeding him so that he returns to the established feeding station. We thank you for your support in the process to rescue him safely.


Bernie and Rosie are doing very well, still being lovingly fostered, and looking for a permanent home. They are very sweet loving dogs....consider adding them to your family soon!


The Saluda 130th Celebration Christmas Parade was a HUGE success and great fun for all! Over 25 dogs walked with the Saluda Dog Society in the "Pawrade" part of the Saluda Parade, proudly showing their ribbons. It was a beautiful day as Saluda "kicked off" the Christmas season with a busy weekend of festivities!


Stepping away from the protocol of a featured "Breed of the Month", we share with you a beautiful story to start the new year of 2012. We hope you will enjoy its message.


I Rescued a Human Today.....

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels.  

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she stopped at my kennel, I blocked her view
 from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy, and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about
 my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her.

Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
 A tear fell down her cheek, and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. 


Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.  


So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.



Quotation for January:  

"A dog is for life, and not just for Christmas." - National Canine Defense League slogan


We welcome and appreciate your suggestions, information and participation. Support 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 to Linda Holden at

Our next meeting is on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm in the Saluda Library. takes a village to save animals. Together we can!


May the joy, love and light of the holiday season live on in 2012!

Mission Statement:

The Saluda Dog Society is a group of concerned citizens who work cooperatively with the City of Saluda and other organizations to assist stray and needy animals. All efforts and funds received go directly toward accomplishing this mission, as well as providing education, recreational facilities, public awareness, and advocacy. "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains un-awakened."  (Anatole France)

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

January Update from Saluda Elementary School


Support local businesses by supporting Saluda Elementary's PTSO discount card fundraiser!


Cards may be purchased at City Hall, at Green River BBQ, and/or in the school secretary's office for $10 each. The cards contain discounts for Green River BBQ, Green River Adventures, Purple Onion, Wards Grill, Tan-Tastic, The Dancer's Extension, Triangle Stop, Subway, and several more local businesses!  


January Calendar of Events

January 2      Students return from holiday break

January 16    No School for Students

January 16    Optional Teacher Workday

January 16    PTSO Meeting 6:30-7:15pm

January 17    Visit from NC A+ Schools Director

January 20    End of the 3rd Six Weeks of School

January 20    PTSO Meeting 8:15-9:00am

January 23    No School for Students

January 23    Required Teacher Workday

January 24    No School for Students

January 24    Required Teacher Workday

January 25    Report Cards

January 26    Family Fun Night 6:00-7:00pm, An Artists' Reception at Saluda Center

January 31    Box Tops Collection Day


Visit Saluda School for additional school news.

Saluda Church Services & Events

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 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
Saluda Trivia
Did you know...

That Saluda was a primary route for drovers from TN, KY, and WV herding horses and cattle to Charleston, SC, and the coast of GA.

That the Cherokee tribe left this area in 1788 by treaty, leaving Saluda vacant for settlement land grants.

That in the 1920's the Library Hall (located on Seminary St.) was the place for dances, plays, local entertainment, and "chatauqua" which was popular before movies, radio, and TV.
Saluda Classifieds


Expand your business...Open a branch office...Or grow your customer base?


Has a vibrant & active business community....Needs a local Accountant....Supports local business.


Offers off street parking...Gives you local foot traffic...Has a prime 530 sq. ft. space is newly

remodeled and has a private rest room.


This includes water, sewage and basic electric


Call Debi @ 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 Marketplace

Shop online at the Saluda Lifestyles Mercantile for the following merchandise: 


A new Saluda calendar for 2012, containing 16 pictures of old steam engines and trains, is available for sale.  Christmas special is $15 for one, two for $25.  Call Charlene Pace at 828-749-2641 to place your order. 

dvdHome, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda DVD. Proceeds will go to the Oral History Project for the next sequel.   Price:  $20.00+shipping. 




carolina printPrint of The Carolina Special Cresting Saluda Mountain.

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.


Limited quantities available. Size approximately 17" X 19".  Proceeds will go to Saluda's Historic City Hall Restoration and Oral History Project.  Price:  $45.00+shipping.   


611611 on Saluda - DVD.  An assault on America's steepest Class-I grade
"On October 25, 1992, two of American Railroadings' most legendary figures were brought together for the first time. The crowds were standing room only, the weather was perfect, and our legends were at their best."

Video covers two full colorful hours with dynamic sound. Produced by Bob Loehne
1994, American AltaVista, All Rights Reserved

Price:  $40.00 includes shipping.

hometownSaluda - America's Hometown, A Conversational History DVD.
"Dedicated to the residents, natives and friends of Saluda. My sincere thanks for your guidance, memories, contributions and generosity - we couldn't have done this without you."

Produced by Bob Loehne
1991, American AltaVista, All Rights Reserved

Price:  $40.00 includes shipping.  


Please click here for secure online ordering. 

A Difference a Year Makes
phloxThe beauty of winter was different this year compared to last year.  Instead of white, flaky snow as the backdrop like it was last Christmas, the landscape was peppered with evergreens. Even a few blooming flowers and salamanders made salamanderan appearance this Christmas. 

Bundling up to shovel snow, build snowmen, and sled down hills was replaced with wearing jackets, taking long hikes, and enjoying a milder winter day.

Now that Saluda's 130th birthday celebrations have concluded, Saluda Lifestyles will bring back the Saluda Faces column with this issue.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, some Saluda businesses will be on "winter hours." 
What's Happening in Music and Art

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




Happy New Year from the Purple Onion

As the New Year begins, we are reminded of the many smiles of friends who were in for the holidays as well as those of you that we missed this season. Stoney and I would like to take this opportunity to express our humble gratitude to all of you--our loyal customers, friends, devoted staff, musicians and farmers. Your gifts of love, laughter, and talent are cherished blessings in our lives and the heart of a truly special community of friends. Happy New Year wherever you are and may each of you be blessed with health, happiness, and peace in the coming year.


The Purple Onion will be closed January 1 through 11 for our annual cleaning and refurbishing. We will reopen January 12 with a spectacular line up of live music to entertain you, some hearty comfort food to ward off the winter chill and Tuesday game nights. Stay tuned for details.


Live Music Calendar

January 12 - Fayssoux McLean & Brandon Turner

Original compositions, traditional folk songs, old-time gospel, contemporary country-rock and love ballads. Fayssoux's singing has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Rodney Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris.


January 14 - Aaron Burdett

Neo-traditional folk-rock, singer songwriter, hometown talent and naturally a favorite.


January 19 - Angela Easterling

"Angela Easterling is a bright shining star on the country/folk/ horizon! Her gift is so special. I loved listening to her "Black Top Road" CD! Brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - tradition meets youthful exuberance!" Roger McGuinn, founder of The Byrds.  


January 21 - Chuck Beattie Band  

Chicago style blues.


January 26 - Swayback Sisters 

Soulful Blues and Traditional folk, with Laura Blackley, Cary Fridley and MaryEllen Bush.


January 28 - One Leg Up 

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions.


Every Friday Night - Fred Whiskin at the piano.  


Music at the Purple Onion is scheduled by Robert Seiler.  POSEM Concerts arranged by Mike Dennis.  


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


As we start the New Year, we start with a new name, new sign, new logo, new website, and a new addition to our facility.  The new rock fireplace will add a very cozy corner to our auditorium. It should make a nice area for smaller groups to have an event or just a warm place to sit with friends and enjoy the music on Saturday night. Plus, it can be a beautiful backdrop for that very special occasion. Special thanks to Josh Hoots and Tim Hoots for working during the Christmas holiday to complete the fireplace. "The Party Place & Event Center" will continue with great live bands and public entertainment.  The schedule may contain more special events and more private events, so everyone should make sure they check the schedule on our new and updated website.  The new website should be up by early January and the new web site address is:  But if you use our old web address of, it will direct your inquiry to our new site.  The old web address will remain active so folks will be able to find us by using our old name.   We thought the new name of "The Party Place & Event Center" better describes what we are and what we do with our facility here in Saluda.  We will maintain the high quality of entertainment that we provide for our community and surrounding area.


As you look at our January schedule of events, you will find that on January 21, 2012, we have scheduled an upcoming country music artist, "JOHN MARTIN & SOUTHERN DRIVE BAND." John Martin is a singer and songwriter who resides in Georgia.  He has recently signed a recording contract with Cowboy Up Records in Texas. He has traveled throughout the south and east to bring his music to many spots.  He has performed in some of country music's most recognized venues in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, Alabama, Iowa, Virginia, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and more.  He and his band performed for our troops aboard the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman naval aircraft carrier when it was over 200 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.  We are glad to have John Martin & Southern Drive make a stop here in Saluda.   You can learn more about him by visiting his website,


We will be booking a variety of events and entertainment throughout the year.  In March, "Jim Quick & the Coastline Band" will be bringing their high energy beach music to The Party Place & Event Center.  You will hear more about them a little later.  This should continue to bring more awareness of our area, and we hope that "The Party Place & Event Center" will bring business to other folks in Saluda.  By working together we can keep Saluda a unique place to visit and a great place to live.


January Music Schedule 

January 7   Special Edition
January 14 Tuxedo Junction
January 21 SPECIAL GUEST **JOHN MARTIN & SOUTHERN DRIVE BAND** --admission $10.00
January 28 open


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


Wishing all of you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2012. 

Check our website for our scheduled music events or call 828-749-9698.
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Jim Carson, Saluda Artist

These are three paintings from Jim Carson's new series of coastal paintings, some of which can be found at Heartwood Gallery on Main Street in Saluda.



Jim's workshops for 2012 are June 9-11 and Oct. 27-29.

For more information about Jim's art, visit Jim Carson, email or call 828-749-3702.Like us on Facebook 



dalemcentireSaluda artist, Dale McEntire delivered six pieces of work to be exhibited at The Nature Gallery, NC Museum of Natural Science Raleigh, NC.  His work will be exhibited there at a later date.

Dale McEntire, Red Earth Studio



dancers extenstion

Classes resume on a regular schedule on Monday, January 2, 2012.  We are so proud of our youth students and their performance during Hometown Christmas.  Now we begin learning our pieces for the Spring Concert.  The Arts Festival will be here before we know it, and we will be ready!


We've heard your requests adults, and now we are happy to add a SECOND Adult Ballet class on Wednesdays at 11:00AM.  This is a BEGINNER ballet class.  No previous dance training or even dance shoes required.  Also, we will have a beginner JAZZ class on Thursday nights at 6PM.  Again, no previous dance training is needed.  All you need is the desire to get up and move and learn something new!  We love beginners and students of all ages and abilities! 


Our next Saturday Special Zumba Fitness classes, with NEW YEAR routines, will be January 7 and 14.  Basic steps overview at 9:30AM with the complete Zumba Fitness class from 10-11AM.  All this for only $4!  Our Zumba Fitness Party is designed for everyone... beginners and experienced!  People of any fitness level and any background can start the program right away! 


Please contact the studio with any questions or to register for classes.


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 Workshop 

On Sat., January 7th Random Arts is offering another one of their popular beginning soldering workshops.  In this 2 hour session, learn how to create unique soldered slides, charms and trinkets.  You will create and take home several completed soldered pieces of Mini Art for use in jewelry, ornaments, collage elements, and personalized adornments.


Random Arts is now located at the corner of Louisiana and Ozone in a charming craftsman

style home that has been renovated to include a welcoming retail space, as well as a

fully functional, well-lit classroom with space for up to 18 students.


Photos of the project and others can be seen on their web site:  You can reach Random Arts by email: or by phone: 828-749-1165


Our hours are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

10 am till 5pm


Random Arts is located at 481 Louisiana Ave., Saluda, NC 28773.  Like us on Facebook    


chicken house 

The Old Chicken House    

The Old Chicken House continues to thrive as an artist's and crafter's haven, more than 20 years after its opening. Thank you to our current "family" who has chosen the Old Chicken House for work and fun and to our supporters in the Saluda community, as well as those beyond. Never to be forgotten are those who have been an important part of the Old Chicken House in times past.


Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year-2012!


Our Winter schedule continues: open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5, other times by request.  


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
Saluda is home to almost 50 artists and craftspeople who work, exhibit and participate in the art opportunities provided by the art facilities in Tryon.

To see workshops, exhibits, openings, and performances, please click on the links provided below.


Tryon Arts & Crafts School

373 Harmon Field Road

Tryon, NC 28782

(828) 859-8323      


Tryon Fine Arts

34 Melrose Avenue
Tryon, NC  28782
828.859.8322 (TFAC)  

Tryon Painters & Sculptors

An intensive painting workshop will be conducted by well-known Saluda painter, William Jameson.   The dates of the workshop are Thursday, January 19 through Saturday, January 21. The workshop will meet from 10:00 to 4:00 each day. This 3 day offering is open to all Tryon Painters and Sculptors members first, and then if there are openings, non-members may apply. A special part of this workshop is that it will be conducted at Bill's studio in Saluda and will feature very personalized instruction to each participant. The media for this workshop can be oil or acrylic, and the subject stressed will be primarily landscape, including winter scenes and others. William Jameson has proven to be one of Tryon Painter's and Sculptors favorite instructors, and we welcome him back again in January. Please sign up soon for this one as it has limited enrollment.


For information about classes and workshops and to register, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392 or at Information about classes and workshops can also be found in the class notebook located in the gallery. Tryon Painters and Sculptors Gallery is open Thursday through Saturdays, 11:00 until 5:00 pm

The Gallery is located at 26 Maple St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at  

Winter Thoughts on Our Gardens and Woodlands

January is a quiet time in the gardens of Saluda and in the natural areas that surround us. It is, however, not a time to turn away from what Mother Nature has to offer in those natural areas or from the wonders of the home garden, as often happens in winter. There is much to appreciate in both settings for those who are willing to slow down and look.


In undisturbed edges of woodland areas, the witch hazel has bloomed and the bittersweet has seen its better days, but very soon the alder with its pendulous catkins will dazzle those who notice it growing along ditches and creeks. Even the maligned Paulownia-the infamous "empress tree"-has begun to show its fuzzy brown bud development that will break forth into light blue-violet displays much later in the spring. What could be more magnificent than a mature bank of native rhododendron on a bright winter day! There is much to appreciate even in the stark structure of a stand of tulip poplars or in the simplicity of a patch of southern running cedar, locally referred to turkeypawas "turkey paw". No doubt you, the reader, have a favorite winter time visual effect in the natural landscape.


As for the home garden, January is a time for general cleanup and a look at the structure of the garden as well as a time to think in terms of renovation and new installations. This is a time of the year when we most appreciate the greenery in our gardens, much of which is taken for granted in the lushness of summer. So, as you replace or add additional shrubs, think in terms of embellishing the winter garden. Make your selections, wisely keeping in mind growing conditions in the summer. A case in point is that many folks plant sun loving shrubs in what will become a deeply shaded area in the summer. Why not plant the versatile acuba,a shrub which brightens shady areas in summer and provides texture and fullness in winter.


As you plan, don't forget the need for colorful surprises in the winter garden. Some of the early blooming camellias, mahoiamahonia, Daphne odora, flowering quince, helleborus, early crocus, Iris danfordiae, Iris reticulata, Scotch heather, and, of course, the ever present pansies and violas are just a few possible selections to enliven the winter garden. Two small trees that earn their keep because of their winter display are Prunusmume-the winter flowering apricot-with its intense fragrance and the PrunussubhirtellaAutumnalis-the winter flowering cherry-which bursts into bloom during warm winter spells (two lovely Autumnalis are bloominflowerg in Bert Browning's garden at this time). An old fashioned shrub, one almost forgotten by a new generation of gardeners, is what great grandmothers called breath of spring--Lonicorafragrantissima. This unspectacular shrub blooms pretty much unseen, but, as the botanical name suggests, it provides intense fragrance in the winter garden.


As an aside, but related to garden renovation, I have noticed instances in town of drastic "clear cutting" of overgrown areas in old gardens. Often there is great potential in areas that may seem to be out of control. New owners, especially, would be advised to live with an existing garden for at least a year, carefully observing and planning judicious and selective clearing to preserve the potential that has taken years to develop.


Winter does not have to be the time to abandon the garden but, rather, can be a time for reflection, reconsideration, rejuvenation, pleasure, and anticipation.


Submitted by Walter Hoover, 

Charles Street Garden

Saluda Faces
Charlene Pace

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live in Saluda.


charlene"You know, Saluda once ..." This is how a conversation may start with long-time Saluda resident, Charlene Pace. She is a fountain of Saluda history and stories, and it flows out of Charlene like the Green River after a heavy rain.


Charlene moved here during World War II from South Carolina with her mother who opened a restaurant. After World War II ended, she met her soon-to-be husband, J.B. Pace. J.B. had just returned home to Saluda from serving in the Occupation Forces in Japan. She was parked on Main Street in front of Lola Ward's store early one Saturday night and caught his attention while he was sitting in his '34 Ford.  


paceCharlene and J.B. settled in Saluda and raised seven children. With deep roots in Saluda, most of the Pace family still live and work in and around Saluda. Charlene has 20 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren and one on the way.



Raising seven children was a full time job.  Therefore, Charlene spent most of her time working at home while J.B worked for the railroad.  He was employed for five years by the railroad and did contract work for the railroad for about 15 years, before starting his own grading company in 1966.  


When the family owned the Saluda Family Restaurant (commonly known as the "truck stop"), she was a cashier for nine years.


During the seventies, while volunteering in the Saluda Nursing Center for approximately 20 years, Charlene reprinted Herbert Pace's book, "50 Years Ago Around Saluda" and eight issues of the "Saluda Magazine" that was originally published in the thirties. All proceeds from the sales of the publications went toward purchasing supplies for craft projects for the patients.


In 1981, Charlene and friend, Anne Osborne, decided to start collecting facts and stories about Saluda before the "old timers" were gone. This collection became, "Saluda, NC 100 Years, Volume I and Volume II" and was published during Saluda's Centennial.


Since J.B.'s death in 1997, Charlene has stayed busy. She is an active volunteer in five organizations and acts as Saluda's "historian." She volunteers at the Polk County Historic Museum and is on the Historic Saluda committee. She was featured in the recent oral history, "Home, Hearth, and History" DVD which is available for sale in most all Saluda businesses.


Almost 82, with the energy of a thirty- something person, she just published a 2012 Saluda Train Calendar and was the Grand Marshal in Saluda's first ever Christmas parade.


There's a claim that Saluda's ozone is pure air and that's why Dr. Lesesne Smith started a baby hospital in Saluda in 1914 for babies with respiratory problems. According to the old timers, there is only one other town in the world that has the same pure air as Saluda, and it's a small town in Italy.


Maybe all this pure air has kept Charlene healthy and spry...or maybe it's living in a community for the last 68 years with people who look after each other.


Charlene says, "Everything changes from day to day, but the lifestyle of Saluda is not like it is everywhere else. Newcomers come here to live a slower pace of life and get out of the rushing around of a hectic lifestyle." She would like newcomers to think about why they came to Saluda in the first place before wanting to make changes.

Charlene says, "I thank the Lord for every day he gives me."

Saluda Scoop

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





thompsonstoreHappy New Year from your Friends at Thompson Store and Ward's Grill

We have officially received the newest volume of "Rattler & Friends." dalemcentireCome by soon and purchase the new book.


Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month for a Wine Tasting. On January 5 from 4 to 6 we will taste new wines from Skyland Distributing. Stop in and learn about our wines.


Remember, if you are not sure what to have for supper, we can help you out with our already prepared meals. You can purchase freshly made Meatloaf, Chicken Potpie, Homemade Vegetable Soup, Pimento Cheese-Regular & Hot, and Chicken Salad. Also. remember the freshly made Pasta and Provisions items that are received weekly.


Recipe for the month is from Dan Wells. Chicken Breast w/ Marinara Sauce:

4 boneless, skinless breast halves, 2 eggs, slightly beaten w/ 2 tbs. water, flour, Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs, Dan's Marinara Sauce, 2 slices provolone cheese, 1 tsp salt, tsp pepper and 4 tbs. olive oil. Pound chicken breasts until about inch thick. Salt and pepper chicken. Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg wash, then coat with bread crumbs. Heat oil in large skillet to medium-high. Brown chicken breast for 3 to 4 minutes each side. Then place in 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Pour Marinara sauce over all. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Place slices of cheese on top of chicken and bake additional 5 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve with rice or noodles. Serve 4. This dish can also be made with boneless pork tenderloin. All items can be purchased at Thompson's Store.


Ward's Grill is open daily from 7 to 3 with daily specials for breakfast and lunch. Come by and join us. If you would like to see the upstairs, please come by for a tour. We are planning events for 2012 and would be happy to help plan your next party, luncheon, business seminar, family reunion, or just a day with friends. Come see and you will be amazed and check out the names of the rooms.


Remember too, if we get snow and the power goes out, we will be Open. So don't worry, you can eat or shop with us. Just be careful getting here!


Thanks to you all, Judy and Staff


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

flowerHappy New Year from Salamander.  In January and February we will be open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.  There are always great reads in stock, and Cynthia is happy to advise your choice and can also order almost any book in print.  Of course, the fine handcraft we offer is always enjoyable to see.  Salamander is at 7 West Main St.  828-749-3466. 



Green River BBQ

Chase away winter blues with our homemade Brunswick Stew or our famous Smokehouse Chili.


January Specials

We will be offering all items on the "Appetizer and Small Bites" menu, reduced by $2.00 to $5.99, Tuesday's through Thursday's, all day and night. 


We still have our daily specials that include a drink for $4.99.


Tuesday  - small pork sandwich with homemade slaw.

Wednesday - bowl of Brunswick stew and 1/2 grill cheese.

Thursday - bacon burger with fries.

Friday - bowl of smokehouse chili with garlic and Texas toast.


Pint Narragansett 1.50--everyday all day!


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


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.   




Happy New Year from Cabin Fever. We are making changes! We have changed the "Birds Nest" to a King sized bed and added a TV with satellite. We have also changed "Good" Times, our original cabin, to a King sized bed downstairs, and it still has the double and single upstairs. We are planning many more changes here so keep your eye out for those changes in the coming year.


In late January and February, we are planning a special getaway package. So give us a call in mid January to find out about those specials.


Cabin Fever is located at 7337 Spartanburg Highway, Saluda, NC 28773, 800-767-7368, Visit website and click here for directions.  



tan tastic

For the month of January, Tan-Tastic Tanning and Nail Salon will offer as this month's special regular one month at $25.00 and our Hi-Intensity package at $45.00.  We will still be offering 10% off on all Manicures and Pedicures.  We are also selling cookbooks for Saluda  Elementary for $5.00.  We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Thank you for a great 2011, looking foward to taking care of your Tanning and Nail care needs for 2012.


Call 828-749-1000 for appointments.

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




Happy 2012!

We have enjoyed seeing so many old friends....and meeting many new ones this year.   We have made note of so many great suggestions and are excited about some new ideas for this year. 


Although the wonderful aromas of our wholesale baking will be drifting out into the parking lot, the Bake Shop is taking a break and will be closed from Jan. 1 through Jan. 11 - reopening on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 8:00 am.


You can make sure that you have a fresh loaf of your favorite by ordering at Wildflour (828-749-9224) and picking it up at Thompson's Store!   


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  

paceBlue Gypsy Watering Hole will be closed for the winter.    

The Blue Gypsy is located on Main Street, Saluda.


Stay in touch and find out about the Spring opening on their Like us on Facebook page.

Art Clues
Ideas for Creating and Appreciating Art


Beverly will be back in February with more on the art world in Saluda.

Beverly Bowden Pickard


Historic Saluda Committee Update


New Website is Launched


On Christmas Day the new Historic Saluda website was "unwrapped" as a gift for all to enjoy. You can now go to As promised, the Historic Saluda Committee has created a very special website featuring the historic town of Saluda, NC. This is being funded by the sales of the DVD, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, which would not have been possible without the help of those of you that provided financial contributions to fund the making of the DVD! On this site we have archived lots of the oral history film footage and photographs that have been collected over the past year, most of which have never been seen publically before. There will be hundreds of old timey photos and even photos from the present day. There will also be information about the progress to restore Saluda City Hall, the annual Historic Tour of Homes, articles about Saluda's history and railroad, information about historic homes and inns, stories and pictures of Saluda's people from the past and present, Coon Dog Day pictures and much much more. This living website will grow and grow as the years go by while we continue to archive the information we collect. We invite you to be a part of this by sharing pictures and stories of Saluda. Contact Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at



The Historic Saluda Committee has a new logo

The Historic Saluda Committee is pleased to present a new logo, designed to represent the rich history of the City of Saluda, which all formally began after the train came up the grade! We tried to put an updated spin on the train theme while keeping the image reflective of old timey Saluda and the historic preservation work of the committee. The logo was formally approved by the Historic Saluda Committee on December 9 and by the Saluda City Commissioners on December 12.



  • The Historic Saluda Committee is scheduled to meet on Friday, January 13, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library. The public is invited to attend.
  • Oral History Committee - TBA

dvdDid Santa Bring You a Copy?

If not, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda can be purchased ($20) at the following locations: Saluda City Hall, Cathy Jackson Realty, Green River BBQ, Macon Bank, The Purple Onion, the Apple Mill, Heartwood Gallery, Duck Alley, Green River Adventures, Manna Cabana, Polk Fresh Market, Saluda Public Library, Saluda Inn and Wine Cellar, the Oaks Bed and Breakfast, Orchard Inn, M.A. Pace General Store and Historic Thompson's Store. You can also purchase it on-line at All proceeds go toward future projects.



Featured Interview: Mildred Thompson Skelton


 Class of 1939


In December, Mildred Thompson Skelton welcomed Charlene Pace and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Historic Saluda Oral History Committee members, into her home.  

Several delightful hours were spent with Mildred as she shared many chapters from her life. Mildred was born June 16, 1921 to Henry Franklin Thompson and Elizabeth McMurray Thompson. She had five brothers Lee, Calvin, Homer, John and George Thompson. Mildred was a Saluda High School graduate from the Class of 1939. At that time, high school went only up to the 11th grade. Mildred did not marry until she was 50 years old, at which time she married Gordon Skelton from Yorkshire England, an apple grower. Mildred's uncle was Luther Thompson who built many of Saluda's fine old homes, including Ryder Hall.  


Mildred is an original scrapbooker. She had lots of scrapbooks with favorite cut-outs from magazines and newspapers, including obituaries and news from around Saluda. To make matters even more interesting, Mildred has an extensive collection of vintage photos from the Thompson and McMurray family, and they are even labeled! Mildred's story will be featured soon on the new Historic Saluda website. Just go to to hear more about Mildred and to see some of those really great photos!



On behalf of the Historic Saluda Committee, we wish to send our condolences to the family and friends of Betty Jo Pace Thompson. We were honored to have Betty Jo and her sister, Ruth Lawter, participate in the oral history DVD, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda. Betty Jo relayed stories of her life growing up in Saluda, such as life on a dairy farm that included a milk route she was responsible for as a child before and after school. In the "Extras" of the DVD she details that route, including who her customers were. Betty Jo remarked during her interview that she "lived a good life." Indeed, from her interview we could tell that Betty Jo did live quite a remarkable life.


Cindy S. Tuttle, Chair 

Historic Saluda Oral History Committee

Keeping the Peace-Saluda Style
by Clark Thompson


This is a continuation of a story from last month's issue -


As mentioned last month, I along with other teenage friends spent many nighttime hours at City Hall in idle conversation with night cop Carthur Metcalf. For several weeks after the Halloween firecracker episode, Police Chief Willis Johnson was laid up in his upstairs room over City Hall recovering from a broken arm. His painkiller of choice was moonshine.


Late one night, several of my friends and I were sitting on the bench in front of City Hall shooting the breeze with Carthur when Willis staggered down the stairs and told Carthur that he needed to go to see a man because he had run out of his pain medicine. Carthur urged Willis not to go, but Willis insisted he was fully capable of driving.


Now back in those days, it was not unusual for an hour or so to pass without a single car or truck motoring through downtown Saluda. However, as Willis backed his 1950 Ford police car out into the street, the left rear of his car creamed the driver side of some poor soul from South Carolina who was unfortunate enough to be heading down the mountain late at night. After both drivers emerged from their banged up vehicles, Willis verbally tore into the other driver in a drunken rage, blaming him for causing the accident and threatening to lock him up.  Can you imagine yourself in that position from the other driver's viewpoint, i.e. being the victim of an automobile accident late at night in some tiny hick town, driving with an out-of- state tag, and listening to the tirade of an inebriated police officer who sounds perfectly willing to carry out his threat of incarceration in the local hoosegow at about one o'clock in the morning?


All the while, Carthur was trying to reason with Willis who would hear none of it, and the victim was pleading to be allowed to peacefully continue his journey toward South Carolina. Finally, Carthur got Willis to calm down enough to allow the terrified man to drive off with the driver's side of his car crushed in. However, Willis got in his parting shot by yelling at the driver his warning of certain arrest should the man ever drive through Saluda again.


I wonder how that innocent driver was able to explain the damage to his insurance company or whether he just paid out of pocket to avoid telling this almost unbelievable story.


Mayberry's police department couldn't hold a candle to the exploits of our own lawmen in those earlier days.


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

Contact the store at 828-749-2321 or visit

Thompson's Store online.
Lose Fat While You Sleep
by author, Joe Adams
Joe Adam's face

That was the headline on an advertisement I saw 55 years ago when I was a portly young teenager. Probably the best headline I had ever read. Imagine?

Lose weight while you sleep. I try to dream of exercising now hoping that the dream will actually build my strength and make me lose weight.


When I saw the ad, of course I got together $12.95, bought a money order, and sent away for this miracle weight-loss product.


When it came and I un-wrapped it, it looked like a bright, rose-colored shower curtain...with arms and legs. It was plastic and had a long zipper down the front. The whole idea was that you slept in these plastic pajamas, and since your body is mainly made up of water, you would sleep and sweat it away.


Made sense to me. The instructions didn't say how fast this worked, but I worried that I would wake up the next morning with a skinny body, a fat face, fat hands and fat feet. But I could live with that. So I zippered myself into my shower curtain suit and went to bed.


I didn't wake up skinny. But I did wake up wet. At first I thought I might have wet my bed, but then I remembered the suit and thought, "It's working. It's working. I'm melting away."


Every day, I dried the suit out and would put it back on that night. I was on to something here and was very excited. The fifth day, however, when I took off the plastic suit, I realized my skin was the same bright reddish color all over my body as the suit was. Heat rash! Nobody said anything about getting heat rash. But I was red all over except for my face, hands and feet. Bright red!


I thought to myself, "How can I possibly get undressed for gym and take a shower with this Indian-red body?" Of course, everyone would want to know what had happened to me. I couldn't think of any disease that caused a rash on your body but left your feet, hands, and face faultless.


Some kind soul in the gym shower solved the problem for me when he declared: "Some bitch of a birthmark you got buddy."


About the same time, the zipper broke on the front of my plastic suit so I had to decide whether to invest some more money and order another one or to trash it. I trashed it. Now I have a sauna.



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Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of lost loved ones.

Betty Jo Pace Thompson, 86, was born Sept. 18, 1925 to the late Herbert E. and Maude L. Pace in Saluda. She died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC. 
With a new year come resolutions to be healthier and improve your life.  If one of your resolutions is to remove some of the stress in your life, then we recommend a visit to Saluda. Stroll down tree-lined streets, sit on a bench and watch people go by, browse in unique shops, and enjoy delicious meals at a variety of restaurants.  A day in Saluda will
take you back in time when the pace was slower and it will just plain make you feel better.

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Happy New Year!
Cathy Jackson,

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