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Forester A. Sondley

1857 ~ 1931

 
 
Forester A. Sondley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2012
1. Forester A. Sondley Marker
Inscription.
Historian, lawyer, and
bibliophile. Gave to
Asheville the Sondley
Reference Library. His
home is 2.7 mi. north.

 
Erected 1951 by Archives, Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number P-30.)
 
Location. 35° 35.343′ N, 82° 30.015′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Tunnel Road (U.S. 70) and Beverly Road, on the right when traveling west on Tunnel Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee's School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Private George Avery (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lillian Exum Clement Stafford (approx. 2.7 miles away); Asheville's Enslaved People (approx. 2.7 miles away); To Honor the Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 2.8 miles away); Ashe Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Buncombe County Court House (approx. 2.8 miles away); Western North Carolina Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Asheville.
 
Regarding Forester A. Sondley. Foster A. Sondley, scholar and bibliophile, was born on August 13,
Forester A. Sondley Marker, traveling west on Tunnel Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2012
2. Forester A. Sondley Marker, traveling west on Tunnel Road.
1857, at Montrealla, his grandmother’s home, in Alexander, a few miles north of Asheville. He was the youngest of Richard and Harriet Sondley’s six children. Sondley’s parents stressed proper education, and he attended several schools in the Asheville area before entering Wofford College in 1873.

After graduation in 1876, Sondley returned to Asheville to practice law. Admitted to the bar, he received his law license from the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1879. Sondley’s knowledge and abilities, coupled with his charismatic courtroom presence, garnered him a reputation as one of the most capable civil attorneys in the state. However, at the peak of his career in 1905, Sondley retired to pursue other interests, specifically his study of North Carolina history.

Widely read and expert in state history, Sondley served on the first North Carolina Historical Commission in 1903, and fostered the development of the Buncombe County Historical Society. In 1911, Sondley moved to Finis Viae, a massive home built along Haw Creek near Asheville. At his new residence Sondley collected every document and artifact he could locate concerning North Carolina history.

By the time of his death on April 17, 1931, Sondley had amassed a library of nearly 30,000 volumes including many rare works pertaining to North Carolina history. An avid writer, Sondley produced Asheville
Forester A. Sondley image. Click for full size.
By Old Buncombe County Genealogy
3. Forester A. Sondley
and Buncombe County in 1922 and A History of Buncombe County in 1930.

A lifelong bachelor, Sondley held an estate which was broken up at his death and distributed among his nieces and nephews. However, Sondley left his library to the city of Asheville, and it formed the nucleus of the Sondley Reference Library at Asheville’s Pack Memorial Library.(North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources)
 
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Forester A. Sondley Marker, at the intersection of Tunnel Road (U.S. 70) and Beverly Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 19, 2012
4. Forester A. Sondley Marker, at the intersection of Tunnel Road (U.S. 70) and Beverly Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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