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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.

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Going Home:
Saluda’s Music Traditions

A project of the Historic Saluda Committee and the Polk County Film Initiative

Film to Be Featured at Tryon International Film Festival!

Join us Sunday, October 9th at 1:45 p.m. at the Tryon Theater. Our film will be screened at the Tryon International Film Festival! Come on out and represent Saluda! We need you all there! “Going Home: Saluda’s Music Traditions” will be screened at the Tryon International Film Festival. Tickets are $20 for a day pass to the festival or $35 for a two-day ticket. For more details and to stay up to date with the Film Festival: http://tryoninternationalfilmfestival.com/

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

Thank you to all who participated in the making of the film, especially those who shared their stories with us.

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

Rhonda Corley

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.

 Stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page. For more information about the Historic Saluda Committee contact us at historicsaluda@gmail.com

 Saluda_book book_release2 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.

Saluda Historic Depot

Preservation Requires Donation

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 mainline standard gauge railroad grade in the country. Because brave men hammered up the treacherous side of Melrose Mountain, the small mountain village of Saluda came into being.  Today, it is a thriving community with a historic downtown district of 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, zipline, kayak and hike the local mountain trails.  These enthusiasts eat, stay, and shop in Saluda’s businesses.


Donate by downloading the Brochurepdf15 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2016 at BrightsCreek Golf Course, Mill Springs, NC   [MAP]
9:30 a.m. Shotgun Start / 18 Hole 4 Player Scramble Format  /  Practice Range opens at 7:30a.m.

Check out our YouTube page for the latest oral history interviews.


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.



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