Hike With a Historian - Cemetery Series: Ashworth Family Cemetery and Sherrill's Inn (Sold Out!)

  • September 6, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fairview

    Fairview, North Carolina 28730
Ticket Price $0.00-$15.00 This event is now over

The Asheville Museum of History’s three-part 2023 Cemetery Series continues Wednesday, September 6 from 10AM – 1PM. This event takes place in the Fairview community in Buncombe County. 

This event is now sold out but a waitlist option is available at registration.

The Ashworth family (John and Nancy) were among the first white settlers in the Fairview area of Buncombe County with deeds dating to the early 1790s. They were also some of the first enslavers in the area, holding 3-4 people on their small farm. Nancy Ann, who survived her husband by several decades, was also rumored to be a “granny woman” or a type of healer who used her knowledge of plants to help others. Join us on this tour to learn about early settlement west of the Blue Ridge, the spread of slavery into the mountains, the Appalachian mythology of plant healers, and more by exploring the family cemetery. 

We will also have the option of touring the nearby Sherrill’s Inn, where the Ashworths originally had a home. The later inn was an important stop on the busy turnpike road and hosted a wide array of travelers.


When: Wednesday, September 6

Time: 10M – 1PM

Meet: 9:45AM at Food Lion in Fairview (1350 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview, NC 27830)

  • We will commute/carpool to the cemetery (3 miles away) and Sherrill’s Inn (2 miles)

Hike Length: approximately 1/2 mile (easy-moderate difficulty)

What to Bring: Water, snacks, comfortable and sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, any needed medications. 


Rain Date: In the event of inclement weather, participants will be notified in advance, no later than 8PM the evening prior if the event is to be rescheduled. The alternate rain date will be rescheduled promptly.



  • For single event - $10 for AMoH members/$15 general admission.
  • For Series: $20 AMoH members (Register for the first event)

We also have no-cost, community-funded tickets available for each event. We want our events to be accessible to as many people as possible. If you are able please consider making a donation along with your ticket purchase. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise.


Emergency Contact Form: Registrants must fill out the emergency contact form in advance. Those registering for the series only need to sign the form once.  https://forms.gle/pui11o9aj5WdWURv7



Hike Leader:

This outing is led by Trevor Freeman, AMoH public programs director. He has an MA in American history and is interested in both Appalachian and environmental history. He is also wilderness first aid/CPR certified. 



For questions, please contact Trevor Freeman at education@ashevillehistory.org


(Images: Footstones and mostly unidentified footstones in the Ashworth Cemetery)


Date & Time

Wed, Sep 6, 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Venue Details


Fairview, North Carolina 28730 Fairview
Asheville Museum of History