History

The Story of James Eugene Posted March 31, 2014

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JAMES EUGENE RANKIN, the elder son of William Dinwoody Rankin (Squire Billy) and Elizabeth Rankin, was a prominent Asheville Citizen. The Rankin house was his home until

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The Story of Aunt Betsy Posted March 31, 2014

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AUNT BETSY, the slave who cared for the Rankin House and the Rankin family was a beloved personality often referenced in the history of the Rankin’s

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The Story of Miss Elizabeth Posted March 31, 2014

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ELIZABETH LIGHTFOOT ROADMAN RANKIN was born February, 1812 and married William Dinwoody Rankin in 1826. Elizabeth raised the family and ran the household. The smoking of meats,

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The Story of Walter Bearden Posted March 31, 2014

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WALTER C. BEARDEN, Amelia and Joe’s grandson and prominent Asheville historian, remained in the Rankin-Bearden house with his grandmother until it was sold. They moved to a

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The Story of Squire Billy Posted March 31, 2014

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WILLIAM DINWIDDIE RANKIN “Squire Billy” was born January 23, 1804 of David and Jane Belle Dinwiddie Rankin. After moving to Asheville, William served as mayor of Asheville

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Before & After Posted March 31, 2014

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Local Historic Landmark Posted November 17, 2013

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In  2006, the Rankin House was designated a local historic landmark based on its historic, cultural and architectural significance.It’s protected from inappropriate alteration, restoration, removal

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The Original Asheville Rankins Posted November 17, 2013

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WILLIAM DINWIDDIE RANKIN   WD Rankin had the areas largest tannery, located on the Rankin property.He had many other business interests in Asheville. WD died in 1879

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Civil War History Posted November 17, 2013

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 RAIDED BY YANKEES!   According to family archives, the house was raided by Yankees three or four times.   One of the bodies of troops came through, and

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