By Clint Parker
Leicester – If you’re looking for local Leicester history there are several places on the internet as well as in Buncombe County you can go to find the rich history that the community provides. Here are several recommendations for the amateur history buff
First, there’s the NCpedia website. NCpedia is the online encyclopedia about all things about and in the state. According to the website “as of January 1, 2019, NCpedia has 8,295 articles and 8,928 images.”
When you search the word Leicester in the NCpedia search bar you’ll get about 10 to 12 articles. However, if you are looking for other more specific people or places such as Sandy Mush or Alexander just put that into the NCpedia search bar and see what results come up.
Then there’s the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society (OBCGS) online. There they have links that can help you search out the people, places, and things from the Leicester community. Some of it is for members only (but for $35 per year – it’s worth it).
The society also maintains a facility full of useful information at their library located at 128 Bingham Road – Suite 950. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm and are closed on Sunday and Monday. Monday is open for research by appointment only. Please call 828-253-1894 for appointments.
The last we’ll mention here, but certainly not the least is the Leicester History Group which meet every third Thursday of the month at the Leicester Community Center. This month they will be doing a presentation on the sports history of the Leicester School from 1926-1962 according to a flyer (see above) posted on their Facebook.
Remember the more you know the history of a community, the more you know the people of the community.