Riverside Cemetery

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Riverside Cemetery has more than 13,000 graves, including authors Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) and influential politician Zebulon Baird Vance. Witnesses have heard gunfire and seen a phantom Confederate army marching here, perhaps toward the site of the 1865 Battle of Asheville, fought a mile away on the current site of the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Botanical Gardens.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Birch St
Asheville, NC
United States

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GPS:
35.6003612, -82.57090970000002
County:
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Asheville, NC (0.9 mi.)
Woodfin, NC (2.4 mi.)
Biltmore Forest, NC (5.2 mi.)
Bent Creek, NC (6.6 mi.)
Weaverville, NC (6.7 mi.)
Royal Pines, NC (9.2 mi.)
Avery Creek, NC (9.5 mi.)
Swannanoa, NC (9.6 mi.)
Fairview, NC (11.5 mi.)
Fletcher, NC (12.4 mi.)

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  1. I used to have a co-worker that once worked for a funeral home. He was at Riverside cemetery for a jewish funeral once that had each person cast a shovel of dirt into the grave. He said by the time he left it was dark and he had the headlights on as he was finishing up and the mourners had left. He said that he could see shadows of people walking around were there weren’t any people.

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