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  • Monument Name

    Samuel Ashe Memorial, Asheville

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Historic Political Figures

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • City

    Asheville

  • County

    Buncombe

  • Description

    The memorial consists of a rectangular bronze plaque attached to a large irregular shaped boulder standing several feet tall.

  • Inscription

    DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF / SAMUEL ASHE / 1725-1813 / GOVERNOR, STATESMAN AND JURIST / IN WHOSE HONOR / THE CITY OF ASHEVILLE WAS NAMED /

    ERECTED BY / THE EDWARD BUNCOMBE CHAPTER / DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION / 1936

  • Custodian

    Buncombe County

  • Dedication Date

    Dedication: March 5, 1936. Re-dedication: May 14, 2013

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.595780 , -82.548900 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Ashe Monument," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed February 20, 2016) Link

      "Buncombe County Court House, Asheville, N.C." in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (P077), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. Link

      Cooper, Max. “Photos: Ashe Memorial Rededication,” Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC), May 14, 2013, (accessed January 21, 2016) Link

      Whiteside, Heustis P. “Ashe, Samuel,” NCPedia.org, (accessed January 21, 2016) Link

      “Ashe Honored As D.A.R. Meet In Asheville Ends,” The Daily-Times News, (Burlington, NC), March 5, 1936, 11

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, stone

  • Sponsors

    Edward Buncombe Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The plaque dedication was part of the closing ceremony for the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution annual convention held in Asheville in 1936.

    The 2013 rededication ceremony featured the DAR color guard, complete with piccolo and snare accompaniment. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy remarked that she was glad not to be mayor of “Morristown,” the name by which Asheville was originally known.

  • Subject Notes

    In 1797 the small Buncombe County community of Morrisville was incorporated and renamed Asheville in honor of Samuel Ashe. Ashe was a prominent figure in North Carolina history leading up to and during the American Revolution.

  • Location

    The marker is located southeast of the courthouse, off the Court Plaza and north of Marjorie St. It faces Pack Square Park which is across the street. In the immediate area of the old Buncombe County Courthouse there are other notable plaques, monuments and memorials: Western North Carolina Veterans Memorial, 60th North Carolina Regiment, Revolutionary War, Spanish American and other wars, Police and Firemen who died in the line of duty, and Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Colonel Robert Morgan. Several hundred yards to the west stands the monument to Zebulon Vance and several other small markers.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands on the grass with a spectacular view of the backdrop of mountains.

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