The History and Heritage of Fletcher

Fletcher Inn

Before it was Fletcher, it was Murrayville.  And a descendant of the Murray family is here to tell the story.  The Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County is pleased to host a program about the history of a small town with a colorful past, to say the least.

Our speaker, Brenda Coates, is a member of the 18th C founding Murray family that helped form what is now Fletcher.  Coates is the author of At the End of Road the Journey Begins: How the Murray Clan Shaped the Character of Western North Carolina.  She will bring the town’s rich history alive – starting from pioneer life and the Stagecoach Inn, where Howard’s Gap Road intersected the Buncombe Turnpike. The tale turns toward a tragic limestone mine cave, touches on a mysterious hanging and taps into what makes Fletcher special.

This presentation is scheduled for July 19th, starting at 5:30 at the old Feed and Seed store, located at 3715 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher.  The doors open at 5:00, and the program begins with a half hour of Appalachian and blue grass music by Brian Hunter. Brenda’s talk begins at about 6:00 pm.

The old Feed and Seed store is an example of active and successful historic preservation. Now the home of the Feed and Seed Church, the site was the former Fletcher Supply Company, built in 1919 by the Youngblood family, and was the “heart of downtown Fetcher” for many years.  Pastor Phillip Trees of the Feed and Seed Church saw the site’s potential and appreciated its history.

Pastor Phillip recruited volunteer labor to rehab the building for worship space, preserving the hardwood floors and hammered tin tiles on 12 foot ceilings.  The space now hosts community gatherings for family-friendly regional and bluegrass music and also clogging dances on Friday and Saturday nights.

Everyone is invited to this upcoming PSABC event. While admission is free, a $10 donation helps support local preservation. 

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.