Saluda Lifestyles - Monthly Ezine all about Saluda, NC
Where Time Stands Still 
  January 2016 

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In This Issue (click on a topic to move to it quickly.)
Community Calendar
Dates to Remember
Christmas Express for Saluda Kids
City Notes
Polk County Transportation
Brown Bag
Saluda Historic Depot
Saluda Center News
Tribal Bellydance
Yoga Schedule
Saluda Tree City USA
Saluda Community Land Trust
Women's Club of Saluda
New Social Club
Saluda Garden Club
Saluda Community Choir
Saluda School
Saluda Library - Hometown Christmas
Saluda Church Services
Post Office Hours
Saluda Classifieds
Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace
What's Happening in Music and Art
Saluda Scoop
Dr Jones Film Premiere
Saluda Train Tales
Bradley Farms
Historic Saluda
Tryon Arts
Call for Artists
Saluda Turns 135
I Remember Saluda
Annual Calendar of Events
Visitor Information Links
Music and Entertainment
Area News Media
Saluda Lifestyles
Saluda Property & Real Estate

Cathy Jackson Realty
Your Home Town Advantage  
Buy Local and Support Saluda Realtors

 Click on the pictures to link to  Western NC MLS Listing (links may expire, visit to view featured listings.)
All Saluda properties are 20 to 30 minutes from the new Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC. Live at the top of the grade for cooler temperatures and long-range mountain views!

New on the Market!
Log home with long range view on top of White Oak Mountain. Enjoy spectacular views from full length porch. Pine wood floors reflect the glow of wood-burning fireplace in living room and warm up family room in walk out finished basement. Sit in hot tub on stone patio or under shade of gazebo overlooking breath-taking views. Being sold fully furnished. 3BR, 3.5BA, 2126 SF, MLS#3124979 $259,000 Click here for Virtual Tour. 
Mountain cabin getaway! Just minutes from downtown Saluda and in a world of natural beauty. Cabin features 12 foot cathedral ceiling, pinewood tongue & grove walls and ceiling, slate bathroom floor, large screened in porch with winter mountain views. Great investment or home. 2BR, 1BA, .70 ac, MLS#
3129329, $118,000 UNDER CONTRACT! 
Enjoy Mountain Lake Living on Lake Sheila in this mountain cabin nestled among the rhododendrons and pines. Open living space and vast ceiling height in great room, and large windows open onto a view of the lake. Downstairs family room is great for entertaining and housing guests. No yard maintenance. 3 BR, 3BA, 2772 SF, .91 ac MLS#3120389, $369,500.Click here for virtual tour.
Solid Brick Traditional Rancher Let your imagination and ideas turn this solid built brick traditional rancher into your dream home. 4 BR, 2.5 BA, 2100 SF, 2-car garage, .92 acres, MLS#3123118, $205,000 UNDER CONTRACT!

Live the life on 26+ acres of privacy in this home built with natural materials, energy efficiency with stunning custom details and finishes throughout. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, heart pine wood floors, arch beamed ceiling, master suite.Oversized garage and gentle land for garden and flower beds. Clear more for horse pasture. 30 min from Tryon International Equestrian Center. 3BR, 2.5 BA, approx 3314 SF, MLS#3124400, Offered $850,000 Click here for virtual tour.

Spacious and meticulous home
with 3 acres for privacy built for easy maintenance and care.Features hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, open floor plan,master on the main level,and 2-car garage.Enjoy passing the time away on 28 ac pristine Lake Sheila for fishing, swimming, boating. 4BR, 3 BA, 2-car garage, 3.5 acres.
3119261, $460,000 Click here for virtual tour. Click here for virtual tour. 

Featured Listings for the Month

Mountain home on 2.1 acres adjoins Conservancy land overlooking Round Mtn. and Tryon Peak. Private bath in each bedroom. Enjoy magnificent views of different seasons. 3BR, 4BA, Art Studio, 2-car garage, MLS#577262, $348,000 

Cabin on 20+ acres with approx 5 acres of pasture area and 2 acres on the Green River.Property adjoins NC Wildlife Gamelands. 253 SF of unfinished room upstairs not incl in total SF and full unfinished 2BR, 1 BA, MLS#NCM593857m $399,000
Experience nature from outdoor living on multi level decking, cascading waterfall into Koi pond, stone fire pit on flag stone patio,and native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Quality log construction, granite counters, built in sauna off the master bedroom, upper covered porches to take in the view. 3BR, 3BA, 2-car garage, 2.25 ac, MLS#NCM592958 $495,000. Click here for virtual tour.
Private and secluded mountain retreat overlooking high mountain range above Lake Sheila.
Surrounded by the preserved and protected Greenville Watershed, this mountain home includes 2 stone fireplaces, decks, stone walls, hardwood floors, and ceiling beams. Guest bedrooms with private walk out. Privileges to use 28-acre private
Lake Sheila. 4BR, 4BA, approx.,.92 ac MLS#NCM583299, offered at $378,000
Click here for tour.

Exceptionally-built home with 170ft of lake frontage on Lake Sheila.Live year round in a peaceful, private lake community yet close to shopping,dining,and social activities. MLS#533759, $375,000
Lookilake sheilang for lake
property in Saluda.  Click here to visit a hidden gem only four miles from downtown Saluda
  Click here to see all Featured Home Listings

Just Can't Find the Perfect Mountain  Home? Then Build It!
Winter is the Best Time to View Land!

Build Your Custom Mountain Home
Lots and Land
Mountain Vista
Lot 16, 1.19 ac, $95,000, MLS#521147
 View Lot 23, 1.07 ac, $85,000, MLS#514441
Lot 26-R, 1.58 ac, $59,000 MLS#533763  
Lot 29, 1.81 ac, $39,900, MLS#569729    
Lake Lots
Lake Sheila .43 ac lot, $32,000 MLS#554607
REDUCED! Lake Sheila Lake Front, .24 acres, $70,000, MLS#510462
PENDING! Lake Sheila, 1 ac, winter view of lake, creek, septic installed, water tap installed
$70,000, MLS#484526
Lake Hosea, .34 ac MLS#558685 $25,000
Dun Roamin', Lot 1, .77 ac, lakefront, $49,000 MLS#518705
6 ac with pond, close to town, MLS#543247, $118,000
2.35 Ac, Views at Macedonia Lake,  
MLS#584676, $76,126 
Saluda City Lots
1.74 ac on Henderson St., MLS#569914, $90,000  
.56 ac, MLS#580811, $25,000
NEW!.23 ac, MLS#591373, $60,000

 Piney Mountain 
NEW!3.07 ac, MLS#589931, $38,000

NEW!1.65 Ac views,adj NC Gamelands, $28,000, MLS#584643 
NEW!1.46 ac, MLS#585785, $48,000 

View Lots 
5 ac, View, MLS#3123117$59,500
2.07 ac on Laurel Mountain Trail, MLS#558806 $80,000
REDUCED! See all the way to the ocean! 3 ac, MLS#561322 $69,000
.87 ac, level and rolling, MLS#566466, $38,400
2.69 ac view lot, $40,000, MLS#578015  
NEW!1 ac in Glen Echo, Winter views, MLS#587188, $26,000
NEW!2.01 ac, MLS#593461, $21,000
NEW!4.89 ac. MLS#588641, $42,000 
6+ ac on Green River, Silver Creek Tubing, MLS#572171, #175,000
 51.83 ac unrestricted land, $259,900, MLS#567003
19 ac Green River Cove, river front, $104,500, MLS#559424
5.77 ac, bold stream, natural development, MLS#556067 $114,000
1.48 ac in Whites Lake, Awesome Views, backs up to NC Wildlife, MLS#528152, $39,900
8.24 ac off Mountain Page Rd., well installed, MLS#520849, $70,000
5 ac on Valhalla Ridge, Views, MLS#568404, $57,000 
Dun Roamin' Lot 7, 1 ac, $72,500, MLS#476202
The Woods at Howard Gap, 1.6 ac, $45,000, MLS#454553
11 ac., private, wooded, $125,000, MLS#534045
9 ac, private, $113,900, MLS#509693
 5.84 ac, Little Warrior Estates, $69,000, MLS#454691
6.01 ac, pond, $125,000, MLS#543247
1.01 ac, Whites Lake, easy building site, $45,000, MLS#563106
2 ac, Winfield Cove, $40,000, MLS#545653  
Miller Mountain 3 ac, MLS#560929 $39,000
.55 ac, MLS#563859 $20,000
.51 ac, MLS#563860 $19,500
.48 ac MLS#563861, $19,500
Unrestricted 8.7 ac, MLS#562901 $84,667
8.7 ac with winter views, MLS#562901, $84,667
20.77 ac, MLS#588437, $149,900

 Other Areas
3.25 ac, Views, Hogback Mountain Rd, Tryon, MLS#519772, $29,500
1.04 ac, White Oak Mountain, MLS#426297, $15,000
5.39 ac on upper Green River, riverfront, MLS#570283, $260,000 
Looking for a Spring/Summer Vacation Retreat?
  Click here to download this list of referral properties.
 (Please contact property owners directly.) 
Links to Real Estate Sources

Saluda Real Estate Market

A Quick Saluda Market Update

(compares last year's sales with the same period this year as of December 31, 2015). 


Sales              Closed   Pending 

Homes 2015      55         9            

Homes 2014      44         0       


Land 2015         13        2                             

Land 2014          9         0  


Click here to see a new Real Estate Trend Report for Saluda.


Data taken from Western NC multiple listing service.


Please visit Beverly-Hanks Saluda to see all Saluda Featured Home and Land Listings and search the entire Western NC MLS.


Saluda Service Directory
Community Calendar of Events
To see all the events and activities in Saluda in one view, please click on this link to access a Google Calendar. 

Google Calendar

Dates to Remember
Saluda Business Association meets Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 at the meeting room in the Saluda Library.
Saluda Community Land Trust meets Wednesday, January 6 at 3pm at Saluda Presbyterian Church office.
Town Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.

Saluda Downtown Foundation
2nd Tuesday
at 5pm at the Saluda Library.  

Premiere of Life of Dr. George Jones
, Saluda Historic Depot, Sunday, January 10 3-5pm. Public is invited and free admission.
The Historic Saluda Committee will meet January 8 at 2pm at Saluda Library.  
Women's Club will meet Tuesday, January 12 at 10 am at the Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street.

Saluda Train Tales, Saluda Historic Depot, January 22, 6:30pm.
Saluda Center Potluck and Bingo, Monday, January 25 at 6pm. Everyone welcomed.
The Saluda branch of Tree City USA meets at 5:30pm on 4th Thursday of the month in the Saluda Community Library.
Saluda Welcome Table, every Tuesday, with dinner served from 5:30 to 7PM in the fellowship hall of Saluda United Methodist Church.  All are welcomed. Donations accepted.  
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Tuesday, 6:30pm at the Saluda Center, 64 Greenville St.  
Polk County Extension Club  
The Polk County Extension Club, an extension of NC State University, meets at 2:00pm the fourth Tuesday of each month. Join us for interesting and educational programs and activities. We welcome new members.  If interested, contact Wilda Corley 828-702-9691 or Nancy Johnson 828-749-9664 for additional information.

"Thanks" from City of Saluda
 for Christmas Express for Saluda Kids

City of Saluda
Christmas Express
The Christmas Spirit was alive and well in Saluda these past few weeks! All 37 children registered for the Christmas Express were showered with gifts, as well as a few families that were nominated later. Citizens and businesses alike donated hundreds of dollars in gifts and cash donations to make this drive a success. Assistant City Clerk, Jessica Desiano also purchased 80 fleece blankets for our seniors at Autumn Care. She felt they needed to be remembered this time of year as well. She, along with City Manager, Jon Cannon and his family, Chief Cantrell, and Officer Rickman visited Autumn Care on a Monday night and passed out the blankets and were rewarded with tons of smiles!
Remember, that though Christmas has passed, it is never too early to make a monetary donation to help us prepare for next season. We will start accepting toys in November 2016.
CityCity Notes

 Help Pave Pace Park
You can have the life or memory of a loved one immortalized or have your name engraved on a brick paver at Pace Park as a recognition as a contributor to this new community park.  This park is in the alley by M.A. Pace General Store and is the location of a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Interpretation Sign and future public restrooms.

$40 each, payable to City of Saluda, three lines of copy with a maximum of 14 letters per line.  Download an application here.
Drop off applications and payment to City Hall or mail to City of Saluda, 6 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.  Proceeds will go toward building public restrooms. 
For any additional information, please contact Catherine Ross at 828-749-3534 or  

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Stay informed by visiting the city website, Minutes from previous month's town council meetings are posted on this site. To receive monthly notices about town meetings, please email and ask to be placed on the email list.
Polk County Transportation Authority
Important Notice

Change is coming to the way transportation fares are paid. Please take time to read the following new policies that apply to your trips beginning Monday, January 11, 2016. Click here to read the notice.
3 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 308 Columbus, North Carolina 28722
Fax 828-894-5913
Brown Bag
Where There Is A Need, There Is A Way!
Brown Bags Available January 15, 3pm to 4pm at Transfiguration Church. 
The supplemental bags of groceries provided by Transfiguration contain two boxes of mac & cheese, a large can of beef stew or chicken, a medium sized jar of peanut butter, one container of Parmalat milk or juice, a large can of baked beans, a loaf of bread (donated by the Wildflower bakery each month) and fresh fruit or produce. The Brown Bags are given out the third Friday of each month from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Transfiguration parking lot just above the rear of Saluda School and Henderson Street. Transfiguration also delivers to anyone who has transportation problems and cannot get to the church parking lot.
Anyone with questions or with information concerning someone in need, please contact Bill Sutton at 404-538-6413 or the Transfiguration Church office at 828-749-9740.

Saluda Historic Depot News

Museum Ideas and Design
In collaboration with the Saluda Historic Committee, we are hosting an open forum to get the public's ideas on how to design the Saluda Historic Museum. This forum is scheduled for February 12, 5:30-7:30 at the Saluda Historic Depot.  
Please continue to support our Saluda Historic Depot as we plan with the Historic Saluda Committee to design our museum to open in spring of 2016.
Donations can be made by mailing to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or through Paypal on the website. Click here. 

The Saluda Historic Depot is now open Thursday through Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

Volunteers Who May Have An Interest
If you would like to volunteer to cover the museum hours, please email

If you would like to climb aboard and help preserve the historic Saluda Depot for future generations, you can send donations or pledges to Saluda Historic Depot, PO Box 990, Saluda, NC 28773 or email  All donations are tax deductible and pledges will be invoiced within six months.
More information, details, and photos can be found at, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. 

Saluda Historic Depot Calendar
January 10, 3-5pm - Premier of the Life of Dr. George Jones.  
January 22, 6:30pm - Saluda Train Tales with Jerry Ledford on "Logging in Western NC"
February - Public Forum on "Museum Ideas" 
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 or to find out how to rent the Saluda Center, please contact the center at 828-749-9245. 

The Saluda Center Book Club will meet on Thurs., Jan. 7 at 2 pm to discuss The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home - and his own art - through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
"This beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own."  Kathi Appelt, Newberry Honor author of The Underneath.
Social Singles of Saluda will have their potluck dinner on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 5pm. Please plan to attend.
Community potluck and bingo, Mon., Jan. 25 at 6:00 pm. Plan to attend and bring a covered dish.
Medicare assistance is available by appointment with a trained SHIIP volunteer, Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program, a division of the Department of Insurance, call 828-749-9245. 
There is medical loan equipment available; please call Donna to see if we have what you need. 

A Thrifty barn basement sales is open every Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm and every Wednesday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Donations are accepted.   
A Thrifty Barn is ready for the cold weather with winter clothing and great prices. The Barn also has a large inventory of seasonal items at bargain prices.   An expanded gently used book section, now the Barn's Book Nook, features great reading material and a comfy chair for perusing the books. Come check us out Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4, right behind the Saluda Center on Greenville Street. All proceeds support the Saluda Center.
To volunteer, please call the new number 828-393-7891. 
If you are home-bound and cannot prepare meals, if you know of someone who needs meals brought to them, or if you are recovering from recent surgery and are 60 years and over, please call the Saluda Center to join our Meals on Wheels Program. We will deliver meals to you five days a week at little to no cost. Ask for Donna for more information at 828-749-9245.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer substitute driver for the Meals on Wheels program, please contact Donna at 828-749-9245. This would require approximately 1-1 1/2 hours of your time when needed.
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.   
The Saluda Center is located at 64 Greenville St. Phone is 828-749-9245. 
Tribal Bellydance

Tribal belly dance classes at the Saluda Center schedule: Wednesdays, 6:00, Level 1, and 7:15, Level 2. 


This is a wonderful form of exercise for the brain as well as the body, whether or not you want to be a "dancer."


All classes: Saluda (Senior) Center, downstairs yoga studio.  For more information: or 828-894-2242.


Yoga Class Schedules

Cassandra Nelson, LMBT
Health and Wellness at the Saluda Center
Gentle Yin Yoga Classes
Wednesday 12:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm
Friday 9:30am
Powerful (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga
Friday 8:00am
Classes are held in the studio downstairs at the Saluda Center and are for all ages and levels. Mats and props are available. Please come at least 5 minutes early.

Aikido Classes
Aikido (the way of harmony) is a Japanese martial art that does not rely on physical size or strength but flowing circular movements that enable the defender to off-balance and neutralize an attack with minimal effort or bodily harm to the defender or the attacker.
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 pm downstairs in the Saluda Center.
Contact Ken Gardner (864)275-4441, Danny Beck (843)697-0047 or Cassandra (828)749-3794 for any questions you may have.
Also available are relaxing, healing massages in the comfort of your own home. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Please call at least a few days in advance to schedule a session.
Questions are always welcome! Please call Cassandra at (828)749-3794.
Click here for directions. 64 Greenville, St.

Saluda's Tree City, USA and Tree Preservation Association
A top priority of the Saluda Tree Board is the development of a beautification and meditation park within the Saluda cemetery. A small area bordering Old Macedonia Road, not now in use, is the projected location. A proposal from the Tree Board is being considered by city council.
Other tentative plans for the park, directed by Nancy Barnett and assisted by Richard Mason and Don Clapp, include planting large trees along the slope adjacent to Old Macedonia Road. The trees' root systems will help avoid erosion. Also helping to provide slope stability, lilies and iris have been suggested for the bank providing a beautiful and tranquil place for meditation.
Sites in addition to the cemetery are being considered for memorial trees.
Small trees may be purchased in honor of family members or friends as memorials and may be accompanied by an optional metal plaque. Trees will be planted with supervision by the Tree Board.
Saluda Community Land Trust
The SCLT board meeting, always open to any who are interested, is the first Wednesday of each month and will be Jan. 6 at 3:00pm at the SCLT office upstairs in the Saluda Presbyterian Church. We invite you to join us and learn more about preserving Saluda's land and special places.

Please feel free to contact us about any of our projects by calling our office at 828-749-1560 and leaving a message. We will return your call promptly. Or send an email to Be sure to check out our updated website We look forward to your comments and suggestions
Women's Club of Saluda
The Women's Club of Saluda will hold its first meeting for 2016 on Tuesday, January 12 at 10:00am at the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina Street. All interested ladies are cordially invited to attend. For more information, please call 828-808-2439.
The Women's Club of Saluda strives to serve our community, support one another in friendship, and wisely use our resources to advance the dreams of our future leaders.
New Social Club in Saluda
The Social Singles of Saluda will meet for their January potluck on Thursday, January 21, 5pm, at the Saluda Center.

All single men and women over the age of 40 up to 90+ are invited to join us. No need to RSVP. All we ask is to bring a dish for us all to enjoy, plus a $1 donation for the use of the Saluda Center.

Please email or telephone 828-749-3335, if you have any questions.
Anita Moore
Saluda Garden Club
spring park
The Saluda Garden Club will not meet in January. Meetings and events will resume in February 2016. Enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

The public is always welcome to attend any of our events.   If you are interested in joining or would like to attend meetings and/or special events, please contact Karen McGee at 749-2530.
Some events may be cancelled or rescheduled. We try to give advance notice but inclement weather or scheduling difficulties may occur. You may confirm meetings and events with Karen McGee at 828-749-2530.
Saluda Community Choir
Sing in the Saluda Community Choir!
Monday's, 7pm - 8:30pm at Old St. Matthews Church beginning Monday, January 11.

Be brave, even if you claim that you can't sing, come connect and have fun!

For more information, please contact Patricia, the director at 828-424-0017.

Located off W Main Street, past the Saluda Tailgate parking lot. 

Saluda Elementary School
  Joe Adams
Saluda Elementary School Events 
Information Update for Saluda Elementary
January 2016
Please keep an eye out for the hot pink Box Tops that are on many food products and send them to our school. Our school receives $0.10 for each Box Top that is collected and submitted.  This money is used to purchase books for the Books Are Really Fun program, where every student in the school gets to choose and keep 3-5 free books each year! 

Jan 1     Holiday NO SCHOOL  
Jan. 4    Students return to school
Jan. 5-Jan. 27    Class Reading 3D MOY Benchmark Assessments
Jan. 12  5th Grade Muddy Sneakers Expedition
Jan. 15  End of the 3rd Six Weeks of School
Jan. 18  NO SCHOOL--Optional Teacher Workday
Jan. 19  NO SCHOOL--Required Teacher Workday
Jan. 20  Report Cards
Visit Saluda School for additional school news.     
Principal, Ronette Dill   
Located at 214 East Main St.,  Saluda, NC 28773 
Remember to keep Saluda kids safe, please do not enter school premises or grounds while school is in session.
Saluda Community Library
Paul Koenen
Saluda Community Library

Teen Scene
Themed crafts and games!
Thursdays at 4pm,
Grades 6-12 
7: Nintendo Wii U
14: Movie Matinee
21: Nintendo Wii U
28: Crafternoon Fun

Monday, January 4 @ 2pm
Optimize Your Money in the New Year & Make Better Financial Decisions

  • Investment Fundamentals
  • Types of Retirement Accounts
  • Ways of Protecting Your Wealth
  • When to Hire or Fire Your Advisor
  • Question & Answer Session
Nathan Garnett, Licensed Financial Advisor, will present tools and ideas for making good financial decisions. These talks are offered as a free service to interested members of the community; no specific financial products will be sold or recommended. Call 828-650-9988 for details.
44 W. Main Street
Saluda, NC 28773
Tel. (828) 749-2117
Mon.-Fri. 9am - 6pm
Sat. 9am - 1pm
Saluda Church Services & Events

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration 
The Reverend Augusta Anne Anderson, 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
NEW! Church of the Transfiguration - a bible study class is held each Tuesday morning, 11:00-12:00 and is open to the Saluda community - 72 Charles Street (behind the school).   Come and join us! 
Saluda Presbyterian
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Reverend Tony Reese
Worship Service 9:45am
Sunday School 11:00am
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 5:15
Wednesday Bible Study and Youth Group 6:30pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Rob Parsons
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am

Stone Soup Worship Service, Sunday at 4:00 pm - This is an "alternative" Christian service/discussion for all-comers: new to church, dislocated from church, or other. Please join us. Contact Rob Parsons for information at 828-749-1783 or email to

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


Passport Service is available at the Saluda post office.


Get directions by clicking here  

102 E MAIN ST SALUDA, NC 28773-7812 

(828) 749-5921


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Saluda Classifieds

For Sale - Saluda United Methodist Church is selling a Lowrey Genius, Digital Stereo Rhythm Gx Organ. If Interested, please call 828-749-3789.

Lost Keys
Missing car keys with 3 other keys, one that is white with heart on it. If found, please call 828-749-3534.

Bookkeeping Services

Timely and accurate bookkeeping services for your unique business needs. Call Debbie Hahn for more information 828-749-3388 .

Private Guitar, Voice And Violin Lessons
I come to you. Retired from church music ministry. 20 yrs teaching private music lessons. Proud, new Saludian resident. Call Rob Herbst at 828-489-1592 or email

Number of Beauty Shops in Tryon:  8
Number of Beauty Shops in Columbus: 8
Number of Beauty Shops in Saluda: 0
Beautiful shop space, ready for the only beauty shop in town!  Special offer for the first three months.  Call Debi 828-749-9224. 

Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Relaxing, healing massages are available in the comfort of your own home, rental cabin or at your favorite B&B. My portable table can go almost anywhere! Advanced scheduling is recommended. 14 years of experience. Cassandra Nelson, Lic#7386, (828)749-3794.
Piano Lessons with Patricia!
Experienced International Music Educator-MA-- All ages/ levels. Call Patricia Roskens at 828-424-0017 or email
Art Studio for Rent in Saluda
Space available for potters, sculptors, painters, jewelers, bead/fabric artists, writers, etc. Great atmosphere, affordable rent, flexible lease, large and small work spaces available. Call Ruth at 828-749-9718
Office space available. 
Beautiful, quiet location right off Main St below Wildflour Bakery.  Private bathroom, entrance and two rooms.  Approx 530 sq.ft., $310 monthly includes water, sewage and trash pickup.  Not for residential use. 828-749-9224 (Ask for Debi or leave a message.) 

Saluda Pet Sitter.  Three years experience, responsible, references available. Will come to your home up to three times a day, feed, exercise and general care of your pet. Experience in dogs, cats, and even goats! Call Lance at 828-284-4811 or 828-284-5660.

House Sitting & Animal Care
Take your vacations without the guilt and worry. I am familiar with a variety of animals and houses. I will do my best to be available for emergencies due to family, flights, or other unforeseen doings! References are available upon request. Contact Cassandra at (828) 749-3794.
Piano lessons by experienced teacher.
Ages 4-Senior Adult.  Beginner - Advanced.  I have over 30 years experience and have excellent references. Please call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email for more information.
Need your piano tuned?
References available. 
All work comes with a money back guarantee! Call Stephen Stone at 828-273-4209 or email:
to make an appointment.

Saluda Lifestyles Marketplace

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

Saluda Voices "Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years" in CD format. Original recordings of interviews with Saluda's oldest residents documented in the book, Saluda, NC: 100 Years 1881-1981. These interviews were transferred to a CD by Historic Saluda. Price: $17 includes shipping and handling. 


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. 



Saluda Lifestyles expresses heartfelt sympathy to Saluda friends and families who have lost loved ones.

Vance Augustus Cagle, "Gus" 72, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

A Rear View Look
Wrapping up 2015, Saludians are talking about the spring-like weather that caused it to feel more like the first days of spring than it did winter holiday time. Instead of donning presents of wool sweaters, scarves, and gloves, Saludians were wearing short-sleeved shirts and shorts and taking advantage of the weather for outdoor hiking, kayaking, and biking.

Looking back on 2015, citizens, organizations and the town of Saluda achieved many milestones. Here are the highlights:
  • The restoration of City Hall and the Police Station city hall was completed and an Open House was held for the public to see the new facilities.
  • The Saluda Downtown Foundation which is overseen by the NC Small Town Main Street program became a 501(c)3 non-profit and launched several projects to enhance and enrich downtown. This  included a new town marquee at a primary entrance to town, a new logo and brand for Saluda, and the Top of the Grade summer concert series.
  • A group of concerned citizens formed a 501(c)3 non-profit to purchase the Saluda Historic Depot to create a heritage and train museum.
  • Saluda Community Land Trust successfully organized private individuals, Saluda churches, and county governments to purchase Judd's Peak and to preserve it for the Saluda community.
  • Thanks to dedicated individuals and support from the city, Saluda was designated a Tree City USA town.
  • The Historic Saluda Committee through Arcadia Publishing published "Images of America: Saluda" and started a new Oral History Film project; Saluda's Blue Ridge Music Heritage, released in mid April 2016.
  • Four new businesses opened on Main Street; Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie & Chevrolet, The Pottery, Steamy Mug, and Chad Blotner Photography.
  • All Saludians united together to battle the giant Duke Energy, stopping potential routes of 140' towers and power lines throughout Saluda's mountain ridges.
  • Pace Park was opened with the laying of brick pavers and planters, and Saluda's Blue Ridge National Heritage sign was installed in the park.
  • Four new employees were hired to staff city hall and are doing an outstanding job.
  • Saluda Business Association in conjunction with the city replaced all the Christmas lights on all Downtown businesses this year and upgraded the business directory maps on Main Street.
So, now you know where 2015 went! Saludians have been busy making positive improvements that complement its small town flavor and to preserve its slow-pace way of life. Now, it's time to take a breather as winter brings fewer visitors and locals take over downtown restaurants and shops!
What's Happening in Music and Art

What's Happening at the Purple Onion
Closed January 1 through January 6 for cleaning and maintenance.
Live Music in January                  
Every Friday at 7:00 Fred Whiskin on piano playing blues to Brubeck.  

January 1-6 - CLOSED TO GET READY FOR 2016

January 7 - Gigi Dover & Big Love
Gypsy, jazzy, funky, southern-soul and world music from longtime Onion favorite.
January 9 - Lonesome Road Band
Starting the new year with some great bluegrass music.
January 10 - Jonathan Byrd and Johnny Waken
More information below.
January 14 - Keith Davis Trio
Ggreat jazz from South Carolina.
January 16 - The Secret Band
Bill Fletcher, formerly the drummer in the Shane Pruitt Band, brings us his new group.
Fabulous singer/songwriter returns with her beautiful music.
January 23 - Jay Brown
Jay returns with his one-man band.
January 28 - The Everydays
This Black Mountain duo makes its debut with us.
January 30 - Red Dirt Revelators
They were such a big hit last year that we could not wait to bring this "dirty blues band" back.

Music is scheduled by Robert Seiler.

Jonathan Byrd and Johnny Waken 
Sunday, January 10 @ 6:00 PM
"One of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years." - Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune
We are honored to welcome back Jonathan Byrd for our first Sunday Concert of 2016 on January 10 at 6 PM. Byrd will be accompanied by Johnny Waken (guitar, mandolin, saw) for a concert full of complex songwriting, compelling vocals, and hot guitar picking in the line of North Carolina greats Doc Watson and Tony Rice. A stalwart of modern folk music, Byrd has released five solo albums with a surprising variety of musical directions.
The doors open at 5:00 PM and a limited menu will be available prior to the concert with beverages and desserts served throughout the evening. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Come by the café at 16 Main Street in Saluda or call 828-749-1179 for reservations. We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover.
"...a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band." - K. Oliver, Free Times
"This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773. 828-749-1179 Click here for directions. Like us on Facebook 

green river depot GREEN RIVER BREW DEPOT
Monday through Thursday 4-9
Friday 4-10
Saturday 2-10
Sunday 3-8 
There's always something going on at the Depot. Live entertainment, potlucks, social gatherings.... spontaneous fun.   
Green River Brew Depot is located at 26 Church Street.  Please call Rima at 828-894-2242 or email for more information.Like us on Facebook

Music on Friday Nights
Music is perfect to enjoy while dining, and it keeps even the youngest enthralled! It makes us dance, inspires us to learn and just to be the best that we can be. Thank you friends for Friday night Old Timey Music! Music starts @ 7...See you there!
We are open: Tuesday thru Saturday, 11-3, lunch; Wednesday thru Saturday, 5-9, dinner; "Music on Friday Nights" at 7pm; Sunday 11-7.  
Visit us on the web at or on Facebook.
Call 828-749-5854 or email us at  Located at 40 East Main Street. Like us on Facebook
Painting In The Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp
Jim Carson's workshop, titled "Painting in the Studio/ Brushwork Boot Camp", on Thursday-Saturday, January 21-23, 2015, is full. However, because of potential cancellations, Jim is starting a waiting list.
This indoor painting workshop provides a superior learning and teaching environment for students to grasp the basic fundamentals of impressionist painting.

The workshop will concentrate on values, design, and temperature variety, all while simplifying the painting approach to achieve spontaneous and bold brushwork.

The students will paint from photo references and or still life set ups in the studio. There will be lots of one on one easel time, demonstrations by Jim on Thursday and Friday, and a general critique of the day's work at the end of each day. The workshop price is $350.

The workshop is open to all levels, from beginners to advanced. A list of paint selections, brushes, etc. will be furnished after registration.

For more information, and/or to get on the waiting list, visit the "news/ workshop" link at Jim Carson. You may also contact Jim at 828-749-3702,

"Working Large without Fear"  Painting Workshop: Feb 18-20, 2016 
"Working Large" is a three day studio class with a fun and intensive exploration of handling a large canvas. Painters are encouraged to leave the "comfort zone" and work larger than their customary sizes. Learning how to select compositions that "work" for large scale paintings, we will create them without letting the bigger format intimidate! 
Painters will be working in their choice of oil, acrylic or watercolor with daily demonstrations and "one to one" instruction, Also included is a "Get Acquainted" party on the evening of the 17th. 
For more information on this or other workshops in 2016, or to register, please visit or email Early registration is encouraged as this workshop is limited in size and fills quickly!
Saluda Scoop

The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, accommodations, outdoor recreation, artists, craftspeople, and service providers.  
Celebrating over 30 years of 100% American Craft $30 off all purchases over $100 for the month of January.

Heartwood Gallery, 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-9365  Visit our website.
Steamy Mug Grand Opening
Come join us for our grand opening Saturday, January 2, 3-5pm. Enjoy food, live music, coffee, and fun. Steamy Mug is a
cozy coffee shop at 18 Church Street (right behind City Hall.) We offer delicious coffee drinks, teas, and some yummy food. It's a wonderful place to unwind and relax. WIFI available.

For more information, please email to and keep up to date with their opening on Facebook.View on Instagram  
salamander Salamander
You may have noticed the yellow-striped "No Parking" area in our parking lot. The common area parking lot where the Salamander is located on the corner of Main and Church Street is jointly owned by all the five property owners in the Saluda Station who share in the common maintenance and taxes for that space. This included a $3,000 repair of the parking lot in recent years. In the past, all of these business owners have agreed to maintain and keep these parking spaces open and available for the enjoyment of all who shop on Main Street. One of the parcels was recently sold which included four parking spaces and the new owner wishes to keep those four spaces "private" and not make them available to the public. We want our customers to know that Salamander did not have knowledge of this until the "no parking" sign went up. We still have parking spaces in both lots and will continue to maintain them so downtown businesses will have some off-street parking options, and for the convenience of Saluda customers
Thank you all for helping us grow and evolve these 12 years. We look forward to continuing to serve our community. We'll have some shorter hours in January so call before coming to see us.
Salamander is at 7 West Main Street, 828-749-3466.

  Happy New Year and thank you for your support of Sassafras this year!  
Be sure to check out our final fall/winter clearance at 50% to 60% reductions! But Hurry!  Sassafras will be closed from January 17 until March 11, 2016!
Additionally, January hours are Wed-Sat, 11-5.
Hope to see you soon, Joann, Connie, Lilly, and Catherine
We're located at 46 E. Main St., next to the Saluda Grade Cafe. You can also call us at 828-749-2379. 
A Note from Amy
We will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. Classes resume the second week of January.

Offerings will include foundational classes in crochet and knitting for brand-new stitchers. Classes make great gifts! We also have gift cards and kits for your holiday season.

Register now for classes and events at Western North Carolina's most unique knitting destination!
Kniticality, 55 Robin Lane, Saluda NC 28773 Monday-Saturday 10am to 5pm. Website, and the Kniticality Facebook page.
Thanks to all for making 2015 a great year and Happy New Year.  I will see you in March with all new spring inventory!

While we are away, please visit o
ur website to see our line of clothing.Like us on Facebook

US made clothing.

Looking forward, Irmy 
THE DRESSING ROOM ETC., located at 141 East Main Street in Saluda.  Phone is 828-749-9555.  
The Orchard Inn & Newman's Restaurant

2015 was an amazing year for us - we had the honor of welcoming many new guests to our lovely Inn and restaurant, as well as many old friends and acquaintances. It was our pleasure to host several beautiful weddings - both traditional and same sex ceremonies, several family reunions, and a multitude of romantic getaways. We were very busy with camp parents and equestrians of all ages and disciplines. Now it's our time to close for the month of January to prepare the Inn for another wonderful season, re-opening on February 1st. We'll be busy with some exciting renovations in January - all designed to enhance our guests' comfort and experience. Chef Stuart will be polishing his kitchen and working on many new innovative ways to craft the best from our local farmers into amazing dishes.

We look forward with pleasure to greet you all again in 2016 to our beautiful historic property with warm hospitality, cool breezes, stunning mountain views and fabulous cuisine!

Originally built in 1926 and called the Mountain Home of Southern Railway Clerks the Inn sits on 12 acres, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a member of the distinguished Select Registry and Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. There are 8 rooms upstairs in the Inn, all with private baths and lovely mountain views, a suite downstairs, and 5 private cottages with decks or screened in porches, Jacuzzi tubs, and gas fireplaces. All rooms are tastefully decorated with antiques and period pieces, and our linens are ultra luxurious. The gracious hosts, Marc & Marianne look forward to welcoming you to their little slice of heaven. We're proud to announce being awarded by Trip Advisor - 2012, 2013 & 2014 Certificate of Excellence, and by - 2012 Top Rated Restaurant.  
For reservations call 828-749-5471. 
Visit the Orchard Inn at They are located on Highway 176, Saluda, NC. 
thompsonsHistoric Thompson's Store & Ward's Grill
and Historic Boarding House Venue

(Thompson's Store est. 1890, Ward's Grill est. 1960)
Thompson Store, Ward's Grill and the Boarding House Venue.
Thompson's Store
New for 2016: Thompson Store Meat Market serving Certified Angus Beef and Charlie's Sage Sausage. We are now freezing our fresh sausage and you can pick up anytime. Check out our meat counter for the freshest meats, deli and cheese variety. On any cold night, come by and pick up a prepared Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf, Homemade soup or and Pasta & Provisions item. We make dinner easy with our meats, vegetables and fresh produce and always check out our Wine & Beer Selection.
REMEMBER THIRTY TUESDAY EACH WEEKLY: 10% OFF PURCHASE OF $25.00 or more. Excludes meat, wine & beer specials.

Ward's Grill
Veterans Breakfast Jan. 21. Come have breakfast with us and bring a Veteran with you.

Samantha is cooking up fresh Homemade Soup and Chili. We always have freshly made cole slaw, hot dog chili, potato salad, chicken salad, and great desserts.

Ward's Grill is preparing now for 2016 and we are hiring a waitress, cook and dishwasher/cleaning person. We invite you to talk to Samantha and join our Team. We work hard but have fun and treat you like family.

The Boarding House Venue 
Planning a Wedding, Family Reunion, Anniversary or Birthday party. Visit our Venue and let us show you the perfect place for any event. We have the space for 200 and we can help plan your event and have fun for all.

Have a great 2016 and always shop LOCAL.

Closed on Sunday till spring.
Historic Thompson Store, open Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, open to 6pm;
Ward's Grill, open Monday-Friday, 7am to 3pm, Saturday, 6:30am to 3pm.
The store and grill are located at 24 Main Street, Saluda, NC. Click here to visit the website.  Click here for directions. Phone is 828-749-2321.Like us on Facebook

Green River BBQ
Green River BBQ
Happy New Year!
Come join us on Tuesday for our Homemade Italian Sausage Lasagna. Served with fresh crusty bread and a tossed salad.
Wine by the glass and pint draft beers are $2 off and bottles of wine $4 off. Only on Tuesdays!
It is soup season and we have our perennial favorites, Brunswick Stew and Smokehouse Chili. We also have a soup of the day that is ever changing. 
Monday -Thursday many items on our appetizer and small bites menu are $2 off. 
Try our daily special Weekdays that are always $5.99 including tea or coffee. If you haven't tried our Smoked Trout you must. Served either as a dinner with sides or our Smoked Trout Tacos!
Our draft beer taps are always changing according to the season and are always local draft beers from great breweries!  Come join us for a pint or two and try our famous Charlie Ward's Sausage Dip! It's so good and perfect for a chilly night! 
Our Hours:
Monday's 11am-8PM
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm 
Patio open late on Friday and Saturdays
Sunday's Noon-8pm   
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.    
Wildflour Bakery   
I wish I knew how to make these words show the strength and truth behind them:  THANK YOU -- for each and every loaf of bread, sticky bun or pizza that you bought from Wildflour.  We do love what we do and feel so fortunate to be able to work together -- but YOU are the ones that make it possible.  So, once again, we thank you for supporting us and for all the smiles, laughs and compliments.  Best wishes to you all -- let's do it again in 2016!
Yes....we are open our usual hours on New Year's Day ....including pizza from 5 - 8 pm with our usual schedule until we take a short break from Monday, Jan.11 through Wednesday, Jan. 20.  We re-open at 8 am Thursday, Jan. 21 (rested and ready to go...). We will continue with a full schedule (closed only on Tuesdays) with PIZZA on WED and FRI nights all winter.

Monday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza  
Thursday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm for breakfast and lunch  &  
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm for pizza
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
While you are checking out our Facebook page or website, you can sign up for our newsletter.  It's a great way to make sure you don't miss any of the specials and happenings at Wildflour.
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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.   Keep up with specials on Like us on Facebook
Happy New Year from Meanwhile, Back in Saluda and Meanwhile's Local Market Shop! January will be busy for us with remodeling at the shop. We plan to stay open most days but there may be interruptions due to repairs. Call us to be sure we are open!  
* January 1st! Open New Year's Day! 11 AM till 8 PM for Wildflour Pizza Night. Stop by and celebrate the new year.
* January 11-20: Open ONLY Partial Hours January 11-20: We will be open but doing remodeling in the shop. Call ahead to be sure we can find what you need.
Other January Hours:
Open 11 AM till 6:00  PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Open 11 AM till 5 PM Sunday
Open 11 AM till 8:00 PM Wednesday and Friday for Wildflour's Pizza Night
Shopping local is important year round but especially in winter! Shop in Saluda!

Meanwhile is located next to Wildflour Bake Shop and The Gardener's Cottage in Nostalgia Courtyard. 
171 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 
Wine Shop Phone:   828-749-9463
See us on Like us on Facebook.  
The Oaks Bed & Breakfast
Looking Back
A quick review of 2015 reminds us of how blessed we are. A record number of visitors booked into The Oaks Bed and Breakfast this year to enjoy a healthy slice of life in the mountains - great weather, stimulating historic sites, exciting outdoor activities and a vibrant village to satisfy your every interest and desire.

We look forward to the New Year with hope and promise that the precious friendships we have established will continue to flourish and that the folks that have yet to visit The Oaks Bed and Breakfast will do so soon!

AAA says that gas prices are at the lowest they've been since 2010 and are expected to drop. Let this be your year to enjoy the food, the fun and the fantasy of The Oaks Bed and Breakfast!
Contact us at or call 828-749-2000.
The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, 339 Greenville St., Saluda, NC,   828.749.2000,  
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Film Premiere of the Life of Dr. George Jones
The Saluda Historic Depot along with the Historic Saluda Committee is proud to host the film premiere of one of Saluda's very own, Dr. George Alexander Jones. "Scanning History", produced by One Life, One Legacy™ Film Studios out of Flat Rock, NC., is a film about an intimate story of life in the early days of the Joneses in Saluda and Hendersonville, as well as the people in and about Western North Carolina, Kentucky, and Beaufort, SC.
Included in the program will be an introduction of the making of the film with Dr. Jones and Patricia Bradley, the film's producer. As a special treat, we've included a short outtake clip from the film-Talkin' History in Saluda, where we find George and Leon Morgan swapping stories on a rainy day while hanging out at Saluda's M.A.Pace Co. General Store.
So come on up the Top of the Grade in support of the Saluda Historic Depot and enjoy the screening of this film while visiting with friends.
To learn more about One Life One Legacy™ Film Studios, go to:
Sunday Jan.10, 2016
Film Length: 40 minutes
Event time: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm  
Saluda Historic Depot
32 W Main St.
Saluda, North Carolina 28773
This is a free event and a reception will follow. If there is inclement weather, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or for schedule updates. 
Saluda Train Tales
"Logging Railroads"
Learn more about the logging railroad history of Western NC when Gerald Ledford presents "Saluda Train Tales" at the Saluda Historic Depot Friday, January 22, 2016 at 6:30pm. Ledford's presentation will focus on the logging railroads in Transylvania County and will feature several maps and many photos of those operations.

Gerald Ledford is a native of Western North Carolina, growing up in Canton. He retired after teaching middle and high school band for over 32 years in the North Carolina Public Schools. His family was involved in the early lumber industry in this area; his grandfather was a superintendent for Norwood Lumber at Forney, NC and his great uncle Louis Carr founded the Carr Lumber Company at Pisgah Forest, NC. With a lifelong interest in the history of the lumber and paper industry in this area, Ledford has provided photos and information for several authors of regional histories. He also provided information and photos for the Ken Burn's series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

Saluda Train Tales is a free monthly event to educate the community of the importance of Saluda's railroad history and the Saluda Grade. These events are at the Saluda Historic Depot, 32 W Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773.

If there is inclement weather, please contact Judy Ward at 828-674-5958 or or Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or for schedule updates. 
Mountain Valley Farm
Bradley Farms

Can you believe it's winter? This warm weather doesn't help... but we are not complaining. We will be attending the Indoor Farmers Market which is held in the lower level of the Columbus United Methodist Church from 9am-1pm on January 9. If you would like to place an order, please just email us your order and we will have it ready for you on Saturday. As always, you are always welcome to come to the farm, see the animals and take some meat home with you!  

Stock up your coolers with some pork! If you would like to reserve a whole or half order of pork, they will be ready at the end of January. We have been told our pork chops are hard to beat! Also, we are taking reservations on half and whole orders of beef. Please let us know if you are interested so we can add you to the reservation list.    
If you would like to place an order, please just email us at
and we will set up a Saturday to meet you.    
Firewood and manure compost for sale!  

Please check out our new website and share it with your family and friends! Visit us at 

If you haven't already liked us on Facebook or Instagram, please click on these links.

Thank you for the support! We hope everyone has a Happy New Year!

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farm, 4455 Howard Gap Rd., Saluda, NC 28773.
Saluda Faces

Saluda Faces recognizes Saluda citizens that you may see often and wonder who they are, what they do, and why they live or work in Saluda. If you would like to refer someone for Saluda Faces, please email    
 Saluda Faces will return in February. 
Historic Saluda

Scanning History a film, featuring Saluda's very own: Dr. George Alexander Jones
The Saluda Historic Depot along with the Historic Saluda Committee are proud to host the film premiere of one of Saluda's very own, Dr. George Alexander Jones. Scanning History, produced by One Life, One Legacy™ Film Studios out of Flat Rock, NC.

Have you made your donation to the Saluda Historic Depot yet?
The Historic Saluda Committee is a partner in the effort to purchase and protect the historic depot located on Main Street in Saluda. The Saluda Historic Depot Board of Directors has formed a non-profit organization and is leading the charge to raise the funds to purchase this historic structure. This depot has many fascinating stories to tell! Do your part to make sure it remains unchanged and available to the citizens. The Historic Saluda Committee will work with the SHD Board to structure the depot space to feature displays that will help to tell and preserve the rich stories of Saluda's history. Visit the preview museum currently in the depot and while there make your donation. For more information go to and then click on the link "Save Saluda Depot." You can make your donation on-line from this page.
Are you interested in Saluda's history and want to serve?
If the answer is yes, there are two ways you can do this. First, the Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) is made up of a seven member panel appointed by the Saluda Board of Commissioners (BOC). The HSC serves as an advisory committee to the BOC pertaining to historical and preservation issues. There is one vacancy at this time on this panel. If you are interested in serving on the Historic Saluda Committee seven member panel, please complete the Application for City Appointments. Applications can be obtained at Saluda City Hall or by clicking here. 

Eligibility requirements according to the HSC Rules of Procedure (Bylaws) state: All members shall own property in the Saluda community but do not have to live here fulltime to be appointed as a committee member. It would be preferable for members to have an interest in Saluda's history, historic preservation and in furthering the cause to preserve Saluda's unique character. The Saluda Board of Commissioners makes the final decision as to who may serve. Second, the HSC Chairman may appoint up to five at-large members (non-voting).The HSC Chair is currently accepting nominations for two at-large members. If you are interested in being appointed to serve as an at-large member by the chair, please email Cindy Stephenson Tuttle at

Please note: if you are selected to serve in any position, you must be willing and available to work on HSC projects and attend meetings. Meetings are traditionally the second Friday of
every month at 2:00 p.m. Carolyn Ashburn is the official BOC representative who attends the meetings. This committee has been active since July of 2010. We thank the city for having the vision and desire to support the historical interests of our special little town. 

Get Your Saluda History Fix Every Day!
The Historic Saluda Committee now has a Facebook page. Like our page and enjoy tidbits of Saluda history every day. We'll take you all the way back to the days of Pace's Gap on up to the present. Click here to go to our page.  

Available Merchandise:
  • Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, oral history documentary, DVD, $20
  • Saluda, NC: Voices from the First 100 Years, re-mastered audio oral history recordings, CD, $10
  • Historic Saluda Stickers, $3
  • Images of America: Saluda, published by Arcadia Publishing Company, $23.50 (includes tax)
Merchandise available through local Saluda merchants. You can also purchase it on-line at All proceeds go toward future projects.
The Historic Saluda Committee meets the second Friday of every month. The next meeting is Friday, January 8, at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is invited to attend.
For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee go to or contact us at to view some of the oral histories collected? The HSC also has a YouTube page, so click here or go to The HSC shares a Facebook page with the Saluda Historic Depot. Click here or go to
Submitted by Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Chair, Historic Saluda Committee
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

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 Saturday, 11:00 until 5:00 pm.


The Gallery is located at 78 N Trade St., Tryon. You may phone 828-859-0141 if you have any questions or email: Visit the TPS website at


Call for Artists Saluda Arts Festival
Waddil Arts Festival Call for Artists 
  Historic Downtown
Saluda,  NC
   May 21, 2016  
10am - 4pm

Cultivating and promoting its heritage in the arts, the Saluda Business Association invites you to enter your work in the 13th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 21, 2016.  Showcasing fine arts and crafts from local and regional artists, the Saluda Arts Festival draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina.  
Exhibit Fee:  $75 
Entry Deadline:  March 16, 2016
 Download application by clicking here or visiting after January 1 and linking to the arts festival page.

For more information, please contact Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900, or Wendy Hamil at

Saluda Turns 135 Years in February
February 1, 1881, the town of Saluda was granted a charter by the North Carolina Legislature. The railroad had made its way up the Saluda Grade and the first passenger train came into "Pace's Gap" on July 4, 1879 with a great celebration.
At that time, there were only two houses inside what was to be Saluda city limit: one located on what is now Saluda School grounds, and the other, located east of the RR bridge, belonged to a son of Burwell Pope Pace who had settled in the Mountain Page area shortly after 1800.

Andrew Tanner, one of the men who supervised the building of the railroad and who was the first mayor of Saluda, built the first hotel, "Mountain House," and also operated a commissary close to the RR where the gardens are now located. The hotel was on the hill behind where the city garage is now. Word had gotten around about Saluda's cool mountain air, and visitors flocked to the area in the summer, beginning the migration that continues even today.
It would be another year before the RR reached Hendersonville and six years until it reached Asheville. As one Saluda official stated at our centennial celebration, "You can be in one of the big cities within an hour, then come back to our quiet peaceful town, sit on your porch and rock without being disturbed."
Chronology of Key Events
Circa 1800 - Burwell Pace and his sons were the earliest settlers that came to Pace's Gap, also called Pace's Ridge. Paths led through the back woods to Indian trading posts. The region was part of Indian hunting grounds. The earliest travel was by foot, horses or horse drawn wagons. Later, stagecoaches made their way up the mountain, and with the first train engine in 1878, the railroad began to bring new prosperity. Considered to have been an impossible feat, the Saluda Grade is renowned as the steepest standard-gauge mainline railroad in the United States. Visitors began coming from the mainland and coast of SC and GA to escape southern heat.
Circa 1880's - Boarding houses and summer homes were built.
Circa 1856 - Polk County formed from parts of Henderson and Rutherford Counties.
Circa 1882 - Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian churches were established in town, and in the county: Mountain Page, est. 1789; Friendship, 1834; Macedonia, 1898; Fort Creek, 1891; Mountain Valley, 1887; Piney Grove, 1825; Saint Mathews, 1914.
Circa 1881 to WW II - Streets were paved, new businesses opened, new homes built, hotels and boarding houses filled. Summer people provided economic boom.
Circa 1889 - The Seminary opened, a boarding school established by the American Missionary Society of the Congregational Church.
Beginning in the late 1800's, cultural organizations were formed: Men's Library Society, Woman's Book Club.
Circa 1896 - Saluda Lodge Order of Masons was organized.
Circa 1896 - Saluda was the busiest Asheville-Spartanburg RR line in N.C.
Circa 1908 - First Saluda library opened in frame building on Seminary Street. Later, in 1908, the new library opened adjacent to the present Saluda School (The building now houses apartments).
Circa 1910 - Depot was moved from mid-town to Depot Street.                                                         .
Continuing in early 1900's, more cultural and community recreational activities were formed: Saluda Civic League, square dances, downtown children's playground, picnic area and tennis courts-with aid from Harmon Foundation (began 1923), Ladies Aid Society.
Early 1900's - Polk County News was published in Saluda.
Circa 1914 - Spartanburg Baby Hospital and Southern Pediatric Seminar opened and operated by Dr. D. Lesesne Smith of Spartanburg. Seminar ended after death of Dr. Smith In 1958.
Circa 1922 - The educational needs were taken over by public school system and buildings were constructed.
Circa 1927 - High Bridge was constructed between Saluda and Hendersonville on Highway 176.
Early 1930's- Saluda Book Club changed to Saluda Woman's Club.
1940's-50's - Saluda Lion's Club and Boosters Club organized.
1933 - First gym at Saluda School was built in Polk County.
Circa 1936-38 - The Saluda Magazine was published quarterly.
Circa 1936 - Sixteen magneto telephones were in use. Appalachian State Co. was sold to Ed Leland. Dial phones were first installed in this area of NC.
Late 1930's. -Saluda High School was built (rock building).
Circa 1947 - Madame Phoebe Sullivan had gained renowned as faith healer and divine. Sullivan Temple Missionary Baptist Church was organized.
Circa 1950's - Civic leaders established the Saluda Volunteer Fire Department (now includes rescue).
Circa 1957 - Saluda Coon Club organized. Coon Dog Day parade and festivities began.
1963. 1960 - Heavy snows occurred every Wednesday beginning March 1. Children missed 39 days of school.
1962 - W.C. Ashley opened mineral and gem museum with his collection known to be largest in NC. Parade celebrated opening of museum.
1962 - The Saluda Mountaineer was published by John Morris, Sr. (Outgrowth of Saluda Mountaineers community organization)
1963 - First Coon Dog Day Parade was held.
1966 - J.C. Thompson built the new bank, nursing home, medical center and opened a drug store on Main St. First summer Head Start program was held at Saluda School in Polk County.
1968- Passenger train service ended on Saluda Grade.
Late 1960's - Saluda's water declared undrinkable. Hendersonville then piped water which Saluda purchased from their system.
1973 - Sewage treatment plant begun, a major project to be in operation by 1977, but actually completed in 1984 due to delay in funding.
1977 - 1-26 bypassed Saluda, relieving heavy traffic along Hwy 176. Slides interrupted work on 1-26 and work was delayed for eight years.
1980 - Community develops as area of artists and craftspeople. The Saluda Association of Artists and Craftsmen was organized.
1980 - Residents dig out and restore original rock wall and spring behind City Hall where large animals were watered in early days. It was named Spring Park and is still maintained by the Saluda Garden Club.
1981- Saluda celebrated 100th anniversary. Festivities continued throughout the year.
1983 - Saluda Depot moved from previous location to present location on Main St. It accommodated shop spaces.
1985 - Saluda Signal began publication and was published monthly. Charlene Pace and Anne Osborn published history book, "Saluda 100 Years."
1995 - Saluda Business Association was chartered as an organization.
1996 - Saluda's downtown was listed in National Register of Historic Places. State committee determined Saluda's downtown was the most historically intact of any small town visited In NC.
2001 - Saluda Community Public Library opened in building donated by Nolan Pace, former mayor and civic leader, on Main St and became a branch of the Polk County Public Library. In December, Norfolk and Southern Railroad discontinued the use of the railroad through Saluda after 123 years of trains passing through Saluda.
2003 - First Saluda Arts Festival takes place.
2006 - Tonya Lindsey was appointed Saluda Police Chief, making her the first woman in Western NC holding this office.   Saluda Lifestyles, an online e-zine is published.
2007 - Lola Ward passed away at the age of 103.
2008 - Town leader, friend, former mayor, grocery store operator for 60 years, Charlie Ward passed away.
2009 - M.A. Pace and Thompson's General Stores were featured in the book and documentary, "Our Vanishing Americana."
2010 - Robert Pace passed away, leaving M.A. Pace General Store closed for the first time in more than 105 years. Thompson's Store and Ward's Grill was reopened by Judy Ward and Clark Thompson and major renovations are made.
Years 2011 till today will be listed in February issue of Saluda Lifestyles.
Famous people have lived In Saluda at times. Perry Como and wife Roselle were part time residents during the early 1980's. Pat Hingle, well known actor, grew up in Saluda and attended Saluda School. Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald as well as other authors, actors, physicians and musicians have been visitors. Numerous resident artists and craftspeople have and are making names for themselves from earlier to present times.
Please note: all info listed is from the "Saluda 100 Years" and "Saluda Centennial History and Supplement." Much detail describing Saluda's history can be found in these books.
Thanks to Charlene Pace for providing this information. Charlene is Saluda's historian and co-author of "Saluda NC 100 Years 1881-1981" and Supplement, published 1985. Books are available at Historic Thompson's Store and M.A. Pace Store thanks to a reprinting by the Saluda Business Association.
I Remember Saluda, a Story Telling
by Charles O Hearon, III

HearonStories reprinted from
I Remember Saluda, a Storytelling
with permission of Charles O. Hearon, III, son of author Charles O. Hearon, Jr. (aka Charlie "C. Boy"). This book is currently out of print.

Churches I Remember And My Preacher
There were two churches in Saluda that I remember most.
Friendship Baptist was the one we passed twice when we went to town. It was a pretty little white country church then. Had a steeple and long front steps where you went in and out. It was high off the ground in front and low in the back. It sat upon rock pillars like "The Shack" did. It sat in a field of red clay as bare as a ball diamond with a few hardwoods and some short leafed pines here and there. Folks that came to church in wagons and buggies tied their teams under these trees and later they parked their cars there.

The graveyard was across the road just like it is now, but It was a washed out place, terribly lonely and forgotten-like. Some families kept their family plots as neat as a pin, and other plots belonging to families that had all passed on or moved away, were left to nature.
The whole congregation used to come to the graveyard once or twice a year, and with their hoes, and mattocks, and shovels, and axes would clean up the graveyard. If you passed by there on that day, you could see them up on the hillside, dust rising around them, some of them talking and others silent in thought. The hoes were singing and the mattocks seemed to be keeping time.
My other church was the one where we went to services when the weather was good and we could travel the roads. This was the Church of the Transfiguration in town. It didn't have its nice parish house then, and it wasn't as beautiful as it is now. Some of the windows were just plain glass then, and to be honest, it was really toppling down the mountain.
If you attend services there now, you notice the steel rods or pipes that hold the sides together. They stopped the slide down the mountain. The windows are all stained glass memorials to good old Anglican Sinners, who loved to come there and worship and look out the windows at the sunshine and shadows playing on the old trees, and hear a wren fussing in the shrubbery.
There have been a lot of preachers at The Church of the Transfiguration, and I guess everybody had a favorite. My man was the Reverend Cary Elwees. He had a nice wife who played the organ and they had a nice family. The Reverend Mr. Elwees was interested in young people and promoted a lot of activities for them.
When he was preaching his sermons, and the train came up the mountain, he just stopped preaching until the train passed and we could hear him again. Their daughter, Doris, was younger than I, but she was the one I knew best. She married my friend Fred Pace and they lived and raised a family in Saluda. They have both passed on now.
Doris was a pretty girl, who looked like her mother. I saw Doris at church one Sunday a year or two before she died, and she asked me if I remembered that gray horse and little buggy I used to come to town in.

If I'd known then that Doris was looking at my buggy, I'd have given her a ride. 
Annual Calendar of Events
Jerry's Baddle Green River Race --Duathlon requires Class V kayaking. 3rd Saturday in April. 
Saluda Train Tales - 3rd Friday each month (April - October)
Saluda Tailgate Market -Every Friday (May through October)
Spring Green Bash - 1st Saturday in May, hosted at Green River Adventures.
Saluda Arts Festival - May 21, 2016
Top of the Grade Concerts -- (2nd Friday of month, May through September)
Coon Dog Day - A homecoming and celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, and more! 1st Saturday after July 4.
Green River Games - Extreme multisport event 1st Saturday in September 4-5. 
Charlie Ward's Memorial BBQ - 2nd Saturday in September 12, 2015
Green Race - A world Class V kayaking race. 1st Saturday in November.
Saluda Methodist Church Turkey Dinner - 2nd Saturday in November
Hometown Christmas - Open House and Music. 2nd Friday in December
Small Business Saturday - 2nd Saturday in December

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