The community of Kenilworth, just a mile south of downtown Asheville, is an intriguing place full of winding streets based on paths trodden by horses.
Walk the streets here beneath oaks, poplar groves, bamboo, and pines, and you'll see old houses and new. A couple of large Spanish Revival homes, a number of Arts and Crafts gems, and lakefront homes with modest docks and a few kayaks waiting by the water's edge.
Many people don't even know there is a small lake shimmering at the heart of this neighborhood. Nor would they guess at the marvelous history behind the Kenilworth Inn at the top of the hill.
These gems are all but hidden to the rest of Asheville. Ask any of the neighbors and they'll tell you. You really have to walk it to know it.
Signs from the past
While preparing to paint his 4-story apartment house on Forest Hill Rd Tom found these old wooden street signs inside his garage wall the other day.
At first glance he thought they were just a pile of boards stacked up behind some old electrical wiring.
The signs are in great shape, dusty yet sturdy and uncracked. His guess is that they're from the 1920s, but who knows how long they've been sitting in the garage.
Spring chores like painting and gardening might yield more goodies than expected! You never know what mysteries you might unearth.