John Fox, Jr., 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: JOHN FOX, JR. / 1863-1919 / AUTHOR OF / “THE LITTLE SHEPHERD OF KINGDOM COME”
/ “THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME MIND” / AND OTHER STORIES OF / VIRGINIA AND KENTUCKY /
HE WAS THE INTERPRETER OF / “THE HEART OF THE HILLS” / AND ENDEARED TO THOUSANDS /
OF READERS BY THE CHARM / AND TRUTH OF HIS WORK.
Rear: ERECTED 1930 / BY THE FRIENDS OF / JOHN FOX, JR.
Calvary Episcopal Church
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"Westminster Abbey of South," Spartanburg Herald Journal (Spartanburg, SC) September 24, 1939, Link
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Hicklin, J.B. “Elaborate Abbey to Immortalize South’s Leaders,” Forest City Courier (Forest City, NC), September 24, 1931, (accessed May 27, 2016) Link
Jenkins, Mark. “Historical Sketch of Calvary Episcopal Church,” (Calvary Parish, Fletcher, 1959) 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
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Friends of John Fox, Jr.
John Fox, Jr. was one of the bestselling authors of the early twentieth century. His books chronicled the customs and characters of southern Appalachia and produced two of the first million selling novels in the United States. His books today are considered to be examples of the local-color genre. Modern critics often take issue with his work for contributing to the “mountaineer” stereotype of Appalachian residents.
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.