North Carolina-Buncombe County-February 6


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-February 6

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

One of the special cities in North Carolina is Asheville.

Sunset adds a warm glow to the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina

Sunset adds a warm glow to the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is located in Buncombe County. The county had the largest population amongst Western NC counties with slightly less than 250,000 people. Asheville serves as the county seat for Buncombe County.

Buncombe County shown in red.

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When you work in government you are subjected to hearing, seeing, and reading a lot of bunk. I never knew that phrase had indirect orgins to North Carolina.

In 1820, a U.S. Congressman, whose district included Buncombe County, unintentionally contributed a word to the English language. The man’s name was Felix Walker and at that moment in time the Congress was debating the Missouri Compromise an important piece of political significance.

Walker rose to address his colleagues, insisting that his constituents expected him to make a speech “for Buncombe.”

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It was later remarked that Walker’s untimely and irrelevant oration was not just for Buncombe—it “was Buncombe.” Thus, buncombe, afterwards spelled bunkum and finally shortened to “bunk”.

One thing about Buncombe County that is not “Bunk” is the county’s new penchant for craft beer. In 2016 Western North Carolina has more than 20 craft beer breweries producing world class beer, and 13 of those are located in Asheville alone! With so many great breweries, taprooms and brewpubs, it’s easy to see why Asheville, North Carolina has won the crown of “Beer City, USA” for four years in a row.

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