On Saturday, January 24th, the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) will present a special program by Richard Russell about the development and demise of historic Sulphur Springs Resort in the Malvern Hills area of Asheville. Russell is an Asheville historian of some prominence. He will talk and show slides that tell the tale of the storied hotel’s fascinating history and of Robert Henry, the man behind it all. The western expansion, sacred Indian grounds, the pioneering family who built the resort, the glory days and the sad demise of Sulphur Springs – it’s all part of Russell’s presentation at the Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church at 5 Bear Creek Road in Asheville.
“Richard Russell has a captivating subject here,” says Kieta Osteen-Cochrane, Education Committee Chair. “The Sulphur Springs hotel is gone and just the spring house remains, but the site is still brimming with history, Indian lore, the Henry family’s determination and, of course, the glamorous aura of the resort’s heyday.”
After 40 years in the health care profession, Russell turned his focus to this region’s rich and varied history. Russell’s books include Robert Henry – A Western North Carolina Patriot, recipient of The Foster A. Sondley Award from the Old Buncombe County Genealogy Association, and Fear in NC – The Civil War Journals of the Henry Family, winner of the Bob Terrell History Award.
The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, established in 1976, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to sustain the heritage and sense of place that is Asheville and Buncombe County through preservation and promotion of the unique historic resources of the region. Over the years, the organization has helped preserve many fine historic buildings in the area. Generous sponsors of this lecture event include Terry and Ted Van Duyn. PSABC members and all area residents are invited. A $10 donation is suggested.