Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Ravenscroft School in Asheville: A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

The Ravenscroft School in Asheville: A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings

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The Ravenscroft School in Asheville: A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings. By Dale Wayne Slusser. Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies. (Jefferson, N.C., and London: McFarland and Company, 2014. Pp. xii, 224. Paper, $45.00, ISBN 978-0-7864-7462-2.) Dale Wayne Slusser has written an engaging, well-researched, and fully documented history of the Ravenscroft School of Asheville, North Carolina (1854-1901). His use of photographs, biographical notes, timelines, and brief institutional histories of the Ravenscroft Associate Mission Churches adds depth to this work. The author's expertise in architectural design and historic preservation enhances the descriptions of the buildings and grounds. The story of the Ravenscroft School anchors a broader study of the beginnings and growth of the Episcopal Church in western North Carolina in the nineteenth century. The Ravenscroft School began as a "Classical and Theological" boarding school for boys across the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 1856 (p. 25). After the Civil War, Ravenscroft was reopened as a theological seminary and associated mission. A high proportion of Episcopal clergy serving the newly established congregations in western North Carolina were Ravenscroft graduates. …

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