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Annual Fundraising Dinner at Historic Fernihurst Mansion

March 30 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Western North Carolina Historical Association invites you to an evening of fine dining, Thursday, March 30 at 5pm, with proceeds benefiting historic preservation.

Prepared by the nationally-recognized and award-winning culinary department at A-B Tech, the all-inclusive, five-course gourmet dinner has become an Asheville-area tradition. Dinner service will begin promptly at 5:00pm.

Culinary students will prepare one basic menu, but with their own choices of sides, garnishes, etc. Each table will have their own unique experience.

A glass of wine is included with dinner. Due to college protocols, no other alcohol is allowed. Also, because this is a pre-set menu and is student driven, we are unfortunately unable to make menu substitutions based on preference or dietary needs.


Tickets: $75 members/$100 nonmembers of WNCHA; Register below with a credit card, or call us at 828-253-9231 to reserve and pay with cash or check.

Membership: Become a member today and save on this and other upcoming WNCHA events! Not sure about your membership status? Send us an email ( and we’ll check.

Seating: Each table seats four. To be seated together, please register your entire party at the same time or email smh@wnchistory with your seating preferences.

About Historic Fernihurst Mansion: Fernihurst Mansion was constructed c1875 for Colonel John Kerr Connally atop Vernon Hill, the highest point in what was once the little town of Victoria. The giant 25-room Italianate-style home was built from bricks handmade from clay mined on the property. Over the next half century, the owners nearly doubled the size of the mansion until it became a “50 room monstrosity,” as one writer remarked.  In 1933, the monstrosity was acquired by John P. Curran, who removed 38 rooms and reverted the house back to its original structure. AB-Tech purchased the property in the 1970s and the mansion is now home to AB-Tech’s culinary institute.



March 30
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)
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Fernihurst Mansion
70 Fernihurst Drive
Asheville, NC 28801 United States
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