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Buncombe county was formed in 1791 from parts of Burke County and Rutherford Counties. It was named for Edward Buncombe, a colonel in the American Revolutionary War, who was captured at the Battle of Germantown. The large county originally extended to the Tennessee line. Many of the settlers were Baptists, and in 1807 the pastors of six churches including the revivalist Sion Blythe formed the French Broad Association of Baptist churches in the area. In 1808 the western part of Buncombe County became Haywood County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to form Yancey County, and in 1838 the southern part of what was left of Buncombe County became Henderson County. In 1851 parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County were combined to form Madison County. Finally, in 1925 the Broad River township of McDowell County was transferred to Buncombe County.

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Images of Buncombe County Will Book C, 1887 to 1897 Names of Testators: Images of Will Book A, 1831 to 1868 Names of Testators: Indexes to Probate Records




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The Biltmore House Biltmore House

Asheville was made famous when George Washington Vanderbilt II build the largest privately owned home in North America
between 1889 and 1895. The Chateauesque-styled mansion is situated on 8,000 acres and a major tourist attraction in the area. The Biltmore House is the largest private residence in the United States. The main entrance leads into a hall with a Guastavino tile ceiling 75 feet high, and to the right of the hall is an indoor winter garden.

Biltmore House

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