September 10, 2020



As a visitor to Asheville, you will quickly come to recognize that the town has a unique, funky quality, and the City’s public art certainly makes that point. While some were done by named artists and some of that was paid for by the city, a bit here and there was contributed by unknown artists.

One such piece is on the base of a building on Woodfin Street between Lexington and Broadway. It is a series of tiny little “mouse” doors. The doors vary in height from a foot to a foot and a half. They first appeared sometime around 2014 and no one has ever taken credit for their arrival. As to who was the artist, it’s a mystery, like many other Asheville mysteries. TINY DOORS, The Applewood Manor The “mouse” doors are quite popular, and they tend to pop up all over social media including pinterest.com. Who knows, maybe the mice were trying to get into Chicken Alley right next door, between buildings #3 and #4. There were a lot of good things in Chicken Alley for a hungry mouse. But the alley is now known as one of Asheville’s most haunted places. That scary place is the subject of another story—one in Part Three of this book titled, of course, Chicken Alley.

Asheville has been called many things—weirdest, happiest, quirkiest place in America, Santa Fe of the East, New Age Capital of the World, Paris of the South, Beer City USA, Most Haunted, Sky City and others. It has many secrets, mysteries, and legends—some factual, some alleged, some exaggerated and some just plain lies.


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