Drover's Way (VRBO#639820) is one of two guest apartments that are part of a historic 100 year old home located on what used to be the passageway for drovers who were bringing their cattle and pigs to market. Drover's Way is next to our new "Nest on Broadway" - both are upstairs and include a parking space on site and guests enter through the front door. Our full time resident lives downstairs, keeps things ship-shape, and is happy to answer your questions and advise you while you're in town. Lynne and Steve are often on site too, and if not, live only ten minutes away.
RATES AND AVAILABILITY
Drover's Way guests will have one parking space right next to the house. We know it's hard to believe, but we're really excited about our new side walk, which leads to the front door entrance. The apartment is on the second floor.
What is Unique About Drover's Way?
Drover's Way is different from our other two short term rentals. For one, it is in an almost 100 year old bungalow on the "Broadway Corridor," which leads from downtown to UNC Asheville. It has the convenience of being close enough to walk everywhere downtown, yet the quiet of being just outside the buzz. It features that increasingly rare downtown commodity - a dedicated parking space! Also, you'll likely be running into us at some point during your stay as you come and go upstairs to your space, so feel free to ask for guidance in deciding where to go.
The History Behind the Name
Drover's Way - our newly renovated building at 222 Broadway - lies as much at the intersection of the 19th and 21st centuries as it does on the geographic pathway from UNC Asheville to the heart of downtown. Built from 1824 to 1828 and known as Buncombe Turnpike, the road now called Broadway Street ran from Greenville, SC northwest to Greenville, TN, passing through Asheville on a gentle grade just far enough from flood plane of the French Broad River to be reliable year-round. Much of the traffic came in the form of drovers herding horses, mules, cattle, hogs, geese, ducks, and turkeys from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky down the trail to markets farther south. (As many as 160,000 hogs were herded through Asheville in a single season!) Wagonloads of deerskin and farm products also traveled down the road. Settlements sprang up to house the drovers and feed animals en route, providing a ready market for farmers.
Another type of traffic came up that turnpike from the low country: summer visitors. Previously a few South Carolinians had made the difficult journey to the cool North Carolina mountains, but the Buncombe Turnpike sped the transformation of the mountains into a summer resort area. With visitors arriving in the relative comfort of a carriage instead of a wagon, Asheville began to earn its well-deserved reputation as a vacation destination. After an economic high point in the 1920s, new roads were built, traffic patterns began to change, and Broadway gradually declined, but the vacationers never stopped coming.
Our newly renovated building is one of the few remaining original frame houses on our resurgent "Broadway Corridor". While we can walk to the heart of town in less than ten minutes, passing several of Asheville's best coffee shops along the way, we imagine what it must have been like for those drovers of nearly 200 years ago, having to lead a bunch of mooing, oinking and squawking critters to market. We've outfitted our vacation home in the best 21st century way, but we've named it in tribute to those hard-working 19th century folk. Welcome to Drovers' Way.