The Historic Saluda Committee created this website to feature the people and places of historic Saluda, NC, specifically the compilation of oral histories of Saluda’s citizens. This site features film snippets from the oral history film documentary, Home, Hearth and History: Stories of Old Saluda, released in the spring of 2011 and never seen before film footage of the interviews conducted during the making of the DVD. Since the oral history project is on-going, more interviews have been conducted since the documentary was completed and these are also being archived on the website. In addition, the site showcases vintage photographs, provides information about the annual Historic Tour of Homes and is an ongoing source of information about Saluda’s fascinating past.
GOING HOME Saluda’s Music Traditions
Newly released DVD – The old saying is, “You can’t go home again.” But, maybe you can. The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) has been collecting oral histories through audio and video since 2010, primarily from its senior citizens. A common theme relayed during the gathering of these stories is a deep nostalgia for the rich and diverse musical traditions that were once common in Saluda. The HSC has enlisted the help of the Polk County Film Initiative to take these histories, collect a few new ones, and then roll them into a fascinating oral history film documentary that portrays Saluda’s rich musical heritage, where the past meets the present. Sure to delight, these recollections include tales of the old time square dances, shape note singing, legendary fiddle makers and players, the influence of the railroad, a ragtime pianist, gospel greats, ballad singers, musical miracles, African-American history, Coon Dog Day, a famous baritone crooner and more. Rolling into the present day, we feature contemporary gospel, old-time and Americana acts, and some of today’s great music venues, including a visit to Studio B at Western NC’s famed radio station WNCW. This film will not only appeal to Saluda’s people, but to folks from all walks of life who appreciate good stories, music and history, especially from a small mountain town in Western North Carolina. By the way, who says you can’t go home again!
Creator and Producer: Cindy Stephenson Tuttle
Cinematographer, Writer and Editor: Kirk Gollwitzer
Associate Producer, Writer and Narrator: Martin Anderson
Creative Consultant: Carolyn Ashburn
Location Director, First Assistant Camera and Still Photography: Lavin Cuddihee
Funding provided by
Polk County Community Foundation, the Saluda Community Fund
City of Saluda
Historic Saluda Committee
Heartwood Contemporary Crafts Gallery
WNCW, Media Sponsor
The Purple Onion
Betsy and Allen Burdett
Anita Ogden Moore
Historic Thompson’s Store
Brad and Cindy Stephenson Tuttle in memory of Kathleen Stephenson Jelley
Martin Anderson in memory of Joel Craig Anderson and John Craig Anderson
Dedicated to the memory of Dr. George Jones, Dr. Jerry “Doc” Russell, Bill Pace and E. Cater Leland, Jr.
DVDs now available at Saluda City Hall, Saluda Historic Depot, Historic Thompson’s Store, Heartwood Gallery and other retail locations in town.
Family of Dr. George Jones Makes Donation to Archives
The Historic Saluda Committee wishes to thank the family of Dr. George Jones for the recent donation of historical archives, including documents and photographs relating to Saluda. Dr. Jones, who passed away in February 2016 at the age of 95, grew up in Saluda and led an accomplished life, becoming a minister, educator, historian and public servant. In Hendersonville, Dr. Jones founded the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society. Though Dr. Jones traveled extensively, he never wavered in his love for Saluda and immensely enjoyed sharing historical facts about the town. Members of the HSC credit Dr. Jones with encouraging them to continue to preserve and protect the history of Saluda, often reminding us that research and good documentation should back up historical record. Dr. Jones participated in both oral history film documentaries produced by the HSC. It is with great honor that the HSC accepts this donation from the Jones Family.
For a concise and historically accurate compilation of Saluda’s history, read the PDF document below prepared by George A. Jones, Th.M., Ph.D. for the Saluda Centennial, August 9, 1981.
Members of the Historic Saluda Committee, Cindy Stephenson Tuttle and Mary Ann Hester, have co-authored a book for Saluda in the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing Company. The book is filled with 220 pictures and contains seven chapters titled, The Railroad Meets the Grade; Early Saluda and Pace’s Gap; Historic Inns and Boarding Houses; Arts, Culture and Events; Saluda’s Medical Community; Saluda’s Community of Faith; and Saluda’s Unique People. Available for sale at Saluda City Hall, the Saluda Historic Depot and other supporting retail outlets in Saluda. Also, may be purchased on Amazon.com.
”HOME, HEARTH, & HISTORY: STORIES OF OLD SALUDA” DVD
A one-hour-plus DVD featuring the reminisces of ten of Saluda’s elders with over one hundred vintage photographs, many from the interviewees’ private collections. Interviews are woven together to tell the story of Saluda’s history, memorable people, and everyday life in “the good old days”. Seven bonus features are also included. Here is the opening sequence: The full-length DVD is available from many downtown Saluda merchants, or you can purchase it here.
The Historic Saluda Committee (HSC) meets the second Friday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the Saluda Public Library in the upstairs meeting room. The public is invited to attend.
Now Available: Audio Documentary “Saluda: Voices from the First 100 Years”
Available from many downtown Saluda merchants, or you can purchase it here.