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Born in 1858 in Rutherford County, James Vester Miller was the son of a slave, Louisa, and her white owner. After the Civil War, his mother took her three children and made her way to Asheville. There Miller's interest in building developed and he was soon considered one of the city's master masons. He formed a company, Miller & Sons Construction, which specialized in churches and commercial buildings during the late 1880s and early 20th century. Among his noted works are the Post Office & Federal Building, later torn down, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, St. James A.M.E. Church, and Hopkins Chapel. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Violet Hill Cemetery for African Americans in West Asheville.
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Rafael Guastavino was an accomplished Spanish architect when he came to the United States in 1881. His first major work was the Boston Library which made him famous in the East and soon caught the eye of George W. Vanderbilt, who commissioned him in 1890 to build the arches at Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Guastavino had developed and patented the technique, known as the Tile Arch System in 1885. He later built his own retirement home, a twenty-five room structure near Black Mountain. In North Carolina his work is found in Duke Chapel in Durham, the Jefferson Standard Building in Greensboro, the Motley Memorial in Chapel Hill, and Basilica Shrine of St. Mary in Wilmington. He is buried in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville, which was one of his last projects.
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Michael Sherrill is a sculptor whose studio is in the woods near Bat Cave. His hallmark is sculptures of the natural world--some life-size and some exaggerated in scale, hues and texture. Galleries and private collectors the world over have sought his work. He has also invented a line of ceramic tools, called Mudtools, which are shipped to artists around the world. His works have appeared in the Smithsonian, Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, and Inchon, South Korea's World Ceramic Center.
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\"Truly magnificent gardens need time and attention to flourish--coaxed and nurtured by guiding hands and verdant vision.\" Milner takes readers on a walk through Peter and Jasmin Gentling's garden, called Blue Briar Garden located on Sunset Mountain in Asheville. They have cultivated it over the last forty years. The garden serves as a backdrop to their home, historic Blue Briar Cottage, built in 1906 and purchased by them in 1971.
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Pleasant Gardens, located on U. S. 70, between Old Fort and Marion, is one of those interesting places that can be found by not always taking the Interstates. Chase describes some of the places visitors can explore, such as Fletcher Greenhouse and Nursery, the historic Carson House, and the workshop of famed chair maker Max Woody, a sixth generation craftsman.
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Clark explores the work of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, located in Leicester, which teaches the uses of plants as natural remedies for skin ailments and sore muscle relief. Juliet Blankespoor, an herbalist for over twenty years, is the school's director.
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Kramer reviews the Hob Nob Farm Cafe operated by Mike and Nova Nelson in Boone. The couple has a 22-acre organic plot along the Watauga River which supplies food to their eatery. They also buy from New River Organic Growers, a 30-farm co-op for additional fresh ingredients for their customers.
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