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.
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. A book launch will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Saluda Historic Depot in downtown Saluda, NC. 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.
Tuttle is a part-time resident with deep roots in Saluda. Her father was raised in Saluda, while she grew up spending summers and holidays at her grandparents’ farm on the Howard Gap Road. She developed a deep appreciation for Saluda’s history by listening to her grandmother recite family lore, including stories about her great grandfather O.B. Garren, an early photographer whose photography is featured in this book. Burrell Pope Pace, a founding father of Saluda and Peter Guice, for whom the Green River Bridge is named, are both her fourth great grandfathers. She is the executive director of Stokes Partnership for Children and lives full-time in King, N.C. but hopes to retire in Saluda.
Mary Ann Hester is a freelance writer and public relations consultant. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and has worked across the country as a researcher with the Mayo Clinic, Corporate Marketing Director for C&S Bank in Atlanta and Mystery Traveler for internet travel company 10Best. A native of Greenville, SC, she moved to Saluda three years ago without having spent a night in the town or knowing anyone who lived there. She feels Saluda embraces and charms with its fascinating history and individuals.
The Historic Saluda Committee was formed by a group of concerned citizens who wished to preserve the historical integrity of the town. In June 2010 the Saluda City Commissioners voted to make the committee an advisory committee to the city and seven committee members were appointed. Appointed committee members during the creation of this book were Greaton Sellers, Chair; Cindy Stephenson Tuttle, Co-Chair; Mary Ann Hester, Charlene Pace, Caroline Farris, Carolyn Ashburn and Ammie Weymer. Lynn Cass served as the Saluda City Commissioner representative.
Save the Historic Saluda Train Depot!
I think we can … I think we can!
For the first time in decades the historic Saluda depot is for sale. The depot is vulnerable because anyone can purchase it, change it or even destroy it. Once it’s gone it’s gone! The citizens of Saluda should own it!
This is a rare opportunity for the citizens and friends of Saluda, NC along with railroad history buffs everywhere to unite in saving one of its more treasured historical landmarks. The historic depot is a modern icon of Saluda’s beginning and subsequent prosperity with the coming of the train bringing passengers up the Saluda Grade, the steepest grade in the country. Because brave men built a railroad up a steep mountain, the small mountain village of Saluda is a thriving community with a historic downtown district with prospering shops and restaurants. The town is surrounded by mountains and deep valleys in the Green River Gorge. These natural resources have drawn outdoor adventurists to bicycle, fish, zip line, kayak and hike mountain trails. These enthusiasts eat, stay, and shop in Saluda’s businesses. Every Saluda citizen, whether born here or those who got here as fast as they could, will be asked to support this project.
Pearlie Mae Suber Harris shares her story on YouTube.
Pearlie Mae Suber Harris shared with the Historic Saluda Committee what it was like living in Saluda, NC in the 1930′s to 1950′s, prior to the Civil Rights Movement. As the daughter of a black Baptist Minister, she moved to Saluda as a very young child when her father, Rev. Lester Samuel Suber, was called to preach at St. Matthews Baptist Church. Her fondest memory is of her father digging a pool and filling it full of water just to baptize her. At a very young age, she worked for the wealthy white families who had second homes in Saluda. However, she was paid a fair wage and at times was the family bread winner. In this video, Pearlie shares some shocking revelations of what it was like to be black and growing up in a small southern Appalachian mountain community.
”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.