The Ravenscroft School in Asheville
A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings
About the Book
The Ravenscroft School, an Episcopal boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina, 1856 to 1901, had three distinct phases. It was first a “Classical and Theological School” (1856–1864) and then, following the Civil War, a Theological Training School and Associate Mission (1868–1900); in 1887 it split into two departments, a Theological Training School/Associate Mission and Ravenscroft High School for Boys (1887–1901).
The purview of this book is from the early days of Asheville (1820s) to the building of Joseph Osborne’s mansion in the 1840s (which would eventually house the school), through the years of the school’s operation, and thence to the mid–20th century when the campus buildings were sold and repurposed. The book concludes with the efforts by historic preservationists in the late 1970s to save the few remaining buildings. The book includes biographical notes on notable alumni and histories of the churches established by the Ravenscroft Associate Mission and Training School.
About the Author(s)
Dale Wayne Slusser has worked as an architectural designer with Helps International Ministries in Asheville for 25 years. He is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a trustee of the Preservation Society of Asheville–Buncombe County.
Dale Wayne Slusser
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
One. Mountains, Mansions and Missionaries: 1800–1849 3
Two. Reading, ’Riting and Rectors: 1850–1864 18
Three. Post-War: Postulants and Priests: 1865–1883 31
Four. Redirection: Rectors and Ravenscroft High: 1884–1897 45
Five. Buxton Hill, Bishops and Boarding Houses: 1898–1950 80
Six. Postscript: Peril or Preservation? 1951–2010 90
Seven. Ravenscroft Boys: Biographical Notes of Notable Alumni 95
Eight. Histories of Ravenscroft Associate Mission Churches 106
Buncombe County 107 Madison County 164
Cherokee County 138 Rutherford County 169
Haywood County 142 Transylvania County 172
Henderson County 148 Missions Miscellanea 176
Jackson County 157
Appendix—Chronology of Joseph Roland Osborne 187
Chapter Notes 197
Book Reviews & Awards
Winner, Historical Book Award—North Carolina Society of Historians
“provides valuable details on a more obscure period in Asheville’s history…a friendly narrative…conversational in tone and easy to read.”—The North Carolina Historical Review.