Swannanoa in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Warren Wilson College
Erected 2005 by North Carolina Office of Archives and History. (Marker Number P-69.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Education. In addition, it is included in the North Carolina Division of Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1894.
Location. 35° 35.573′ N, 82° 26.153′ W. Marker is in Swannanoa, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is on Tunnel Road (U.S. 70) near Warren Wilson Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Swannanoa NC 28778, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forster A. Sondley (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rattlesnake Lodge (approx. 5.3 miles away); Private George Avery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Black Mountain College (approx. 5.9 miles away); Geodesic DomesLillian Exum Clement Stafford (approx. 6.2 miles away); The County of Buncombe (approx. 6.3 miles away); Flood of 1916 (approx. 6.3 miles away).
Regarding Warren Wilson College. Asheville Farm School, the primary forerunner of Warren Wilson College, was established as a mission school by the Northern Branch of the Presbyterian Church. The site selected was a 420-acre farm in the Swannanoa Valley about ten miles east of Asheville. By combining farm work with education, the school, which opened on November 30,1894, aimed to provide new opportunities for young men in the mountains.
The most significant change in the school’s development came in 1942, when the Asheville Farm School combined with the Dorland-Bell School, a Presbyterian institution for young women in Hot Springs. Junior college classes were added and the new school was named for Warren H. Wilson, former Secretary of Rural Church Work for the church’s Board of National Missions. Arthur M. Bannerman served as Warren Wilson College president from 1942 to 1971.
Lower grades gradually were dropped; the last high school class graduated in 1957. In 1966 Warren Wilson
became an accredited, four-year, liberal arts college offering the bachelor of arts degree.
(North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources)
Also see . . . Warren Wilson College History. Warren Wilson College: Decade by Decade.....the Asheville Farm School officially opened with 25 boys attending and a professional staff of three people. (Submitted on July 10, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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