Asheville in Buncombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 1951 by Archives, Conservation and Highway Departments. (Marker Number P-33.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
Location. 35° 37.762′ N, 82° 33.148′ W. Marker is in Asheville, North Carolina, in Buncombe County. Marker is at the intersection of Beaverdam Road (State Highway 2230) and Merrimon Avenue (U.S. 25), on the left when traveling east on Beaverdam Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Asheville NC 28804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Joseph Lane (a few steps from this marker); David L. Swain (within shouting distance of this marker); The University of North Carolina at Asheville (approx. 1½ miles away); Battle of Asheville (approx. 1½ miles away); Buncombe Turnpike (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Asheville Zelda Fitzgerald (approx. 1½ miles away); Kiffin Y. Rockwell (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Asheville.
Regarding Francis Asbury. The Killian house stood until 1901, when it was torn down and the J. V. Baird residence built on the site. Asbury had visited the home so often that when the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, met at Asheville in May 1910, a piece of the banister of the old Killian home was presented to the presiding bishop.
Asbury, born in 1745 in England, had begun missionary work in America in 1771 on behalf of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. For the next fifty years, Asbury traveled nearly 280,000 miles, preached 16,425 sermons, presided over 224 religious conferences, ordained 4,000 preachers, and helped Methodism outstrip the growth of population by nearly five to one. Known as the “Prophet of the Long Road,” Asbury became the archetypal circuit preacher, and was elected the first bishop of American Methodism.
(North Carolina Office of Archives & History)
Also see . . . Christian History. Francis Asbury, (Submitted on June 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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