(The Vrabel Tract)

West Asheville’s Newest Park
A glimpse into West Asheville’s early settlement
1815: Robert Henry purchased
770 acres along Hominy
Creek from John Jarrett
1827: Henry and his slave
discovered the sulph...
1885: The Swannanoa Hunt
Club incorporated as the
Swannanoa Country Club
and built a 9 hole golf
course
1897: The club mov...
1885: Edwin Carrier buys
3000 acres including the
Henry property
1887: Carrier rebuilds the
Sulphur Springs Hotel
naming i...
1906: Professor Otto
Schoenfeld, world
champion fencer purchased
220 acres around the springs
to build a physical training...
1920: Mayor Gallatin
Roberts announces that
the City of Asheville is
purchasing the property
from Fabacker for a park.
“I ...
1925: “A small but charming
club house will be built on
the golf course on the
north side of the School
Road and over the ...
1944: Chester Cogburn buys
the Malvern Springs
tourist park, with 25 log
lodge units and including
the Malvern Springs gol...
A quick slide show of the greenway
 We could create a community

park with a greenway that
connects Patton and Sand Hill
 The park would be modeled
after B...
 A greenway through this tract

would connect the Malvern
Hills community to the river
parks and eventually to
downtown a...
 The Vrabel property is home

for many birds and animals
 We can plant native plants
that provide food for wildlife
 Mo...
 Community work days could

clean the creek and redevelop
the riparian zone along creek
 We could enhance the boggy
area...
 The property is beautifully

forested with diverse trees
 A trust could manage the
forest to allow old growth and
diver...
 Sulphur Springs is a historic

area with the earliest
settlements in West Asheville
 The springs were important to
the ...
The greenway will provide
recreational space for the
community
 Cycling
 Walking
 Playing in the creek
 Nature explora...
Teachers at Vance Elementary
and Francine Delany have
been developing curricula for
use in the Hominy Creek
Greenway which...
Creating the vision
The Friends of Canie Creek
Greenway will organize under
the umbrella of the Friends of
Hominy Creek Greenway.

Both organi...
 To create and maintain a

community park as an
independent, resident funded
entity that provides a safe place
for childr...
Building community by working together
The Friends of Hominy Creek
Greenway is a group of
neighbors and other
stakeholders who are creating
a vision and working ...
 Organize – we have a core









group to work as a steering
committee
Create our vision for the park
Involve th...
 March 16 – A core group met

which will become our
steering committee
 March 23 – A brief
presentation at Malvern Hills...
 We invite you to come tour

this beautiful property with us
 I am available for tours most
any time
 Email:

caniecree...
Together we can make it become a reality!
Together we can make it become a reality!
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation
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  • Group portrait of the Swannanoa Hunt Club (later known as the Swannanoa Country Club and Golf Links). Members are posed with golf equipment in front of the club house which dates to circa 1893-1896. Club originally organized in West Asheville as Swannanoa Hunt Club, with an interest in fox hunting. It was located near Sulphur Springs just south of Malvern Hills. It was purchased by Frank Coxe for the sole use of the club. Name changed 1/28/1895 to the Swannanoa Country Club; 2/21/1895 date of first "hunt ball" and 6/7/1895 date of official opening of the 1st golf links at the NE corner of what is now intersection of Sand Hill Road and Shelbourne Road. Moved to later location 1899 after George Pack donated a building and some land (for a golf course) at the end of Charlotte St. Name changed to Asheville Country Club 1909. Identified members: James Edwin Rumbough (in white cap to the left of post), Miss Sarah Keyes Rumbough (J.E.'s sister), Miss Elizabeth Fitzgerald Forbes, Miss Laura Carter, Miss Minnie Tucker, Miss Raidee Tucker, Miss Chism, Miss Sarah Mills (of Savannah, GA), Dr. Charles S. Jordan, William R. Porter (of Key West, FL), John Charles. "Jack" Rumbough (J.E.'s brother), Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Cheeseborough, Mr. Williams, and Joseph J. McCloskey. "Caddies and servant" too, three small black boys are sitting at the foot of the steps, and a young black man is standing on the far right side of the porch. Photo dated August, 1896. One print.
  • The springs pavilion, circa 1920. Most likely built by Otto Schoenfeld.
  • Six springs mapped out for the Sulphur Springs Park development plan
  • Over the past three years, the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway cleared and developed the main trail and three side trails, removed hundreds of tires from the property, cleared massive vines from over two hundred trees, cleared the beach and picnic area of Japanese knotweed, planted 100+ trees, cleaned the creek bottom, all while having fun.
  • Over a hundred groups have participated in cleanups, school groups, church groups, summer camps, businesses, neighbors, inner-city teens and more.
  • The undeveloped park provides a peaceful break for many neighbors. Our park brings the sounds of the creek and the many birds to those who wander through.
  • Friends of Canie Creek Greenway Presentation

    1. 1. (The Vrabel Tract) West Asheville’s Newest Park
    2. 2. A glimpse into West Asheville’s early settlement
    3. 3. 1815: Robert Henry purchased 770 acres along Hominy Creek from John Jarrett 1827: Henry and his slave discovered the sulphur spring on his farm 1830: Reuben Deaver, Henry’s son-in-law, built a wooden hotel on the hill above the springs and began taking summer boarders. By the 1840s, nearly 500 visitors were arriving each summer
    4. 4. 1885: The Swannanoa Hunt Club incorporated as the Swannanoa Country Club and built a 9 hole golf course 1897: The club moved to property on Merrimon which was on the trolley line and moved. It is now the Country Club of Asheville.
    5. 5. 1885: Edwin Carrier buys 3000 acres including the Henry property 1887: Carrier rebuilds the Sulphur Springs Hotel naming it the Belmont 1892: The “fireproof” Belmont Hotel burns to the ground
    6. 6. 1906: Professor Otto Schoenfeld, world champion fencer purchased 220 acres around the springs to build a physical training school Shoenfeld is believed to have built the pavilion around the springs 1913: Lawrance Fabacher purchases the undeveloped property
    7. 7. 1920: Mayor Gallatin Roberts announces that the City of Asheville is purchasing the property from Fabacker for a park. “I consider this property the finest to be found anywhere for park purposes,” Mayor Roberts declared
    8. 8. 1925: “A small but charming club house will be built on the golf course on the north side of the School Road and over the large sulphur spring” 1927-28: Houses are built in the Malvern Hills community 1938: Malvern Hills Golf Course is sold to Hilliard Green
    9. 9. 1944: Chester Cogburn buys the Malvern Springs tourist park, with 25 log lodge units and including the Malvern Springs golf course and clubhouse The property has remained in the family since that purchase
    10. 10. A quick slide show of the greenway
    11. 11.  We could create a community park with a greenway that connects Patton and Sand Hill  The park would be modeled after Bent Creek Community Park and other similar projects  The property ideally would be put into a conservation land trust that would oversee its creation and maintenance
    12. 12.  A greenway through this tract would connect the Malvern Hills community to the river parks and eventually to downtown and Enka along the greenways  The trail through the Goodwill property will provide connection to ART stop on Patton Avenue
    13. 13.  The Vrabel property is home for many birds and animals  We can plant native plants that provide food for wildlife  Monarch butterflies are in crisis, the boggy areas would be great for planting milkweed  We should appreciate and enhance the diverse ecosystems that exist here
    14. 14.  Community work days could clean the creek and redevelop the riparian zone along creek  We could enhance the boggy areas with a constructed wetland which will add diversity to the existing flora and fauna
    15. 15.  The property is beautifully forested with diverse trees  A trust could manage the forest to allow old growth and diversity  Work parties could clear vines out of trees  Native hardwoods could be planted
    16. 16.  Sulphur Springs is a historic area with the earliest settlements in West Asheville  The springs were important to the Cherokee, and became a popular destination in the 19th century  The meadow is the site of Asheville’s first golf course
    17. 17. The greenway will provide recreational space for the community  Cycling  Walking  Playing in the creek  Nature exploration  Gathering for neighborhood potlucks
    18. 18. Teachers at Vance Elementary and Francine Delany have been developing curricula for use in the Hominy Creek Greenway which incorporates  Plant and tree identification  Experiencing the quiet of woodlands  River ecology  Invasive plants identification
    19. 19. Creating the vision
    20. 20. The Friends of Canie Creek Greenway will organize under the umbrella of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway. Both organizations celebrate wetlands and public space. The collaboration will help assure this new park’s creation.
    21. 21.  To create and maintain a community park as an independent, resident funded entity that provides a safe place for children to play, as well as for our adults and youth to enjoy nature and community  To protect the creek and natural wetlands that are a large part of our park area  To connect Malvern Hills to the French Broad and beyond on the greenways
    22. 22. Building community by working together
    23. 23. The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway is a group of neighbors and other stakeholders who are creating a vision and working to create special parks for our community. This group has had amazing success.
    24. 24.  Organize – we have a core       group to work as a steering committee Create our vision for the park Involve the community Create a managing entity Raise money Negotiate the purchase Celebrate!
    25. 25.  March 16 – A core group met which will become our steering committee  March 23 – A brief presentation at Malvern Hills Community meeting  April 8 (tentative) - Major presentation for Malvern Hills Community
    26. 26.  We invite you to come tour this beautiful property with us  I am available for tours most any time  Email: caniecreekgreenway@gmail.com
    27. 27. Together we can make it become a reality!
    28. 28. Together we can make it become a reality!

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