Welcome to Montford!

The Neighborhood

Whether you are a visitor, new to the neighborhood, or a longstanding resident, Montford is a great place to be. A portion of Montford is a National Register Historic District. Recent years in Montford have witnessed the renovation of many of the neighborhood’s residences by individual families and a myriad of industrious bed and breakfast owners who have helped to restore the district to its former splendor. The residents of Montford welcome you. It’s the people here, through all their efforts, that make this neighborhood a great place!

For more of the latest news about what’s going on in Montford, see the “News & Events” column to the right.

A Brief History of The Rankin-Bearden House

The Rankin House is a Greek Revival style residence with Italianate embellishments. The house was built by William Dinwiddie Rankin around 1846, making it Montford’s oldest home.

William Dinwiddie Rankin (WD Rankin)

WD had many business [… click heading to read more]

Mystery Photo Details Found

Ross Terry

Last month, I published this mystery photo, which is included in the Montford Avenue bus shelters historic panels. Well, now we know more about this photo. The granddaughter of Pauline Moore—whose parents owned the M.V. [… click heading to read more]

Group Petitions to Rename The Montford Community Center

Cathryn McLeod

Greetings, Montford,

Noting the one hundredth anniversary of the 1917 passing of Asheville’s beloved Tempie Avery, this year is fitting to propose renaming the Montford Community Center in honor of her reputation and residency on 26 Pearson [… click heading to read more]

Clues to Montford’s Past

Bus Shelter History Panels Installed

Sharon Fahrer

History panels are now mounted on three of Montford’s bus shelters thanks to permission from the City of Asheville. They provide riders and passersby a casual glimpse of Montford’s history. [… click heading to read more]

Thank You Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority

This year the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority launched the Festivals and Cultural Events grant program of which the Montford Festival was one of the inaugural recipients.

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) is [… click heading to read more]

Montford Neighborhood Maps

Just out, beautifully colored new Montford neighborhood maps showing houses by dates and construction by decade, as well as Stumptown, Montford Hills and various neighborhood landmarks. Neil Thomas of Resource Data and Sharon Fahrer created them. Approximately 11″ [… click heading to read more]

2017 Montford Artwalk

Mary A. McDermott, The Urban Art Retreat and Studio of Asheville

The second annual Montford Artwalk will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12 noon to 5pm.

There will be new artists and artwork this year. Enjoy [… click heading to read more]


Montford Community Center August – September 2017

Hot August Night 5K—Saturday, August 26, 2017. Visit to register online and see all the details. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to register for this fun race put [… click heading to read more]

What’s the Buzz with Hummingbird Park?

By Zoe Schumaker, Friends of Hummingbird Park

It’s a warm, humid day in August, and you’re walking home from the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, licking the last of your ice cream cone. The sun is beating down on you, [… click heading to read more]

The Exciting History of Your Double-Hung Sash Windows

Editor’s Note: Excerpt from an article originally published in the February 2006 issue.

By: Dillon Cashman and Sam Soemardi, Asheville Window Restoration.

Did you know that it took a thousand years of human innovation so that you can close [… click heading to read more]