If you were to go to Asheville right now, you wouldn’t believe that it didn’t almost get on the map. Asheville was once deemed inaccessible. Come to think of it; if not for the railroad construction throughout North Carolina, it would not be the city it is today. To put it in better words, let me quote an Asheville resident, “Whose heart would not beat with quickened vibration,’ declared a resident of Asheville, ‘at the idea of meeting his brethren from all parts of the State at Raleigh in 12, in 14 hours! What poor man could not then visit his friends and relatives, and make life more social and endurable?” (Hillsborough Recorder dated June 9, 1855).
Being isolated from other communities is a hard task to face. It does not just impact the community’s way of living but also their lives as social people. I believe connectivity is one of the most taken for granted gifts in the world today and learning from the humble beginnings of Asheville may just help us to appreciate what we have even more.