Herman Frank Arnold, Fletcher
The memorial is one of a series of large granite mountain boulders, all about the same size but
of different shapes that comprise the “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South.” Each marker contains a bronze plaque with date of birth and death and a statement about the person’s significance to southern culture or in some cases their relationship to Calvary Episcopal Church.
Images: Plaque | Rear view | View of memorials at "Westminster Abbey of the South"
Front: HERMAN FRANK ARNOLD / MUSICIAN / EILENBURG, PRUSSIA, GERMANY / OCTOBER 6,
1837 / MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE / APRIL 10, 1927 / HE ORCHESTRATED “DIXIE” AND / PLAYED IT
FOR THE FIRST TIME / AT THE INAUGURATION OF / JEFFERSON DAVIS / PRESIDENT OF THE
CONFEDERACY / MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA / FEBRUARY 18, 1861
Rear: ERECTED 1929 / UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE / ASHEVILLE CHAPTER, U.D.C. / ASHEVILLE, N.C. / BY / MARIE ARNOLD CHAFIN (DAUGHTER)
Calvary Episcopal Church
October 6, 1929
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Jenkins, Mark. “Historical Sketch of Calvary Episcopal Church,” (Calvary Parish, Fletcher, 1959) Link
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Marie Arnold Chafin
Marie Arnold Chafin, daughter of Herman Arnold and the memorial’s donor was scheduled to speak at the dedication.
Herman Frank Arnold (1837-1927), of Memphis, Tennessee, was an American musician of Prussian birth.
Calvary Episcopal Church is located at 2840 Hendersonville Road, at
its intersection with Old Airport Road in Fletcher, NC.
Eighteen “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South” markers stand in two rows in a lawn area facing Old Airport Road to the right of the church. The Robert E. Lee Dixie Highway is located near the street facing Hendersonville Road. One memorial to Bill Nye is in the church cemetery and the second memorial to Bill Nye is on the front lawn of the church. The Calvary Episcopal Church marker stands near the sanctuary.
This memorial is one of eighteen “Open-Air Westminster Abbey of the South” markers that stand in two rows in a lawn area to the right of the church.
This memorial and the seventeen others now standing along Old Airport Road were originally located in a landscaped plot along Hendersonville Road (Highway 25) directly in front of the cemetery. It is likely they had to be relocated when the road was widened to four lanes.