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Two Major Milestones in the Town of Black Mountain

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The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce will be recognizing two milestones with a celebration on Sunday, October 28, from 12–3 p.m. The Town of Black Mountain, founded in 1893, will turn 125 years old. Opened just shortly after the town was founded, Claudia McGraw’s Coffee House now houses the Chamber and Visitor Center. This building will be celebrating its 100th year. “Claudia Crawford McGraw was one of Black Mountain’s first female entrepreneurs,” says local historian Mary Standaert. “Her restaurant provided food and a rest stop for vacationing tourists and conferees at nearby Montreat, Ridgecrest and YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly. From her home next door, McGraw and a group of women under her direction began a decades long cottage industry of making aprons.”

The celebration, held at the Chamber building, will include local residents sharing their town memories. Attendees can also enjoy pound cake from the recipe files of Claudia McGraw, as well as a display of her many aprons. “Whether one is a long-time resident whose family goes back generations, a new or parttime resident or a visitor, a celebration of history gives everyone a sense of place and community,” says Standaert.

The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce is located at 201 East State Street in Black Mountain. For more information, visit

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