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Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown’s Family

John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through. - Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown's Family – Greeting from the Past
John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through.

I was contacted by Nathaniel Blood, a descendant of John Evans Brown, who built Zealandia Castle on the mountain that the tunnel in Asheville passes through.

Nathaniel Blood’s father, William Alexander “Lex” Blood, was John Brown’s great-grandson.  Lex Blood’s father’s mother was Katie E. Brown. She is the one that published John Brown’s journal from Asheville to the Gold Fields, Memoirs of a Forty-Niner. Continue reading Zealandia Castle and John Evans Brown’s Family

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Dr. D. L. Smith’s Baby Hospital, Saluda, NC

Dr. D. L. Smith’s Baby Hospital, Saluda, NC – Greetings from the Past

In the early 1900s the death rate for babies was high. It was especially high in the South.

This was before antibiotics were available. There were few rural doctors and few pediatricians at all. Heat and humidity, flies, contaminated milk and misinformation on infant care led to a high mortality rate for children under two. Continue reading Dr. D. L. Smith’s Baby Hospital, Saluda, NC

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Charlie Yelton’s Bottle Houses

Charlie Yelton's Bottle Houses

I read about Charlie Yelton’s Bottle Houses quite a while ago.

After Charlie Yelton retired, he built three glass houses, a glass wishing well and two glass flower planters out of bottles. This appeals to me. My father collected bottles and my grandfather built things out of pallets. Grampa even built an entire 2-car garage with an apartment above it in Willis, VA out of pallets.

We went out once before to look for them but couldn’t find them. Yesterday we decided to go look for them again. Continue reading Charlie Yelton’s Bottle Houses