Robert Loveman, 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: IN LOVING MEMORY / ROBERT LOVEMAN / POET / CLEVELAND, OHIO / APRIL 11, 1864 /
HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS / JULY 9, 1923 / HE SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN DALTON, GEORGIA /
WHERE HE DID THE GREATEST PART OF HIS WRITING / INCLUDING THE FAMOUS / “RAIN SONG”
/ “IT ISN’T RAINING RAIN TO ME / IT’S RAINING DAFFPDILLS”
“THE MORTAL TIDE MOVES ON / TO SOME IMMORTAL SHORE / PAST PURBLE PEAKS OF DUSK AND DAWN / INTO THE EVERMORE”
Rear: ERECTED 1930 / LINKA LOVEMAN FRIEDMAN
Calvary Episcopal Church
September 14, 1930
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Jenkins, Mark. “Historical Sketch of Calvary Episcopal Church,” (Calvary Parish, Fletcher, 1959) Link
Rain, April. “Robert Loveman Poems,” My Poetic Side, http://mypoeticside.com, (accessed June 16, 2016) Link
“Calvary Church, Fletcher, N.C. Between Asheville and Hendersonville,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (PO77), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link
“Fletcher Markers,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed May 25, 2016) Link
“Robert Loveman Tablet Unveiled At Fletcher,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), September 14, 1930
Linka Loveman Friedman
Robert Loveman was an American southern poet and songwriter of the late 19th and early 20th century. Although not well remembered today, his work was popular with both readers and literary critics of the time.
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.