The Inn on Montford, where spirits are seen wandering about in the front yard, perhaps as a result of a terrible trolley accident in the early 1900's.
Our newest tour features the illustrious Montford neighborhood. Established in 1895, after the completion of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, this neighborhood is filled to the brim with spectacular Victorian mansions and sprawling estates. These homes were built for Asheville's wealthiest and most prominent citizens at the turn of the 19 th century. Our sidewalk tour follows the original Trolley track down Montford Avenue, with a stop in Montford Park, the site of at least two duels! At the end of Montford Avenue, we learn the history of Zillicoa Avenue, known as the most prestigious mental hospital in the South from 1908 until the 1980s. From mental institutions for the rich and famous to elaborately built homes for Asheville's elite, Montford's history is chocked full of secrets, unsolved murders, suicides, and quite possibly serial killer!
Meet the spirit of Mary Cooper, whose 1926 murder took API wire precedence over Charles Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight, and remains unsolved to this day. Who is the famous pianist whose music can still be heard from her music room on Zillicoa Avenue? Learn details of the horrible fire that took the life of America's most well-known Jazz Age flappers, Zelda Fitzgerald.
Our tour meets at a park bench in Montford, at the scene of 2 murders in the early 1900's. The address is 263 Montford Avenue. This is located FIVE houses past Nine Mile Restaurant, heading north on Montford Avenue. It sits at the intersection of Montford and E Wanetta St. (From downtown or I240, you will go thru 2 red lights, heading north before reaching the corner store & Nine Mile Restaurant). For parking, it is better to drive PAST the park bench and begin looking for curb side parking, to avoid the clutter of parking at Nine Mile. (Great Caribbean pasta restaurant, by the way!!) Google Directions