Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,511 at the 2000 census. The town is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge range in the Southern Appalachians.
The downtown area has many eclectic shops, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. The town is near several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat Conference Center. Singers Roberta Flack and David LaMotte, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.
Black Mountain College was formerly located near the town. While the Black Mountain College and Arts Center is now located thirty minutes west in Asheville, North Carolina. Black Mountain is home of the Swannanoa Valley Museum. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the Museum. In 2002 the community raised 1.2 million dollars to buy the old Town Hall and convert it the Art Center.
Black Mountain is the setting for the 2009 novel One Second After, which was written by William R. Forstchen, a resident of the town; many local institutions and residents are featured in the novel, beneath a thin veneer of fiction.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,541, and the median income for a family was $43,373. Males had a median income of $28,604 versus $22,476 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,509. About 7.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.
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Roseland Gardens was a old-fashioned roadhouse and community entertainment venue in the Brookside community of Black Mountain NC. It was built by and for African-Americans who were unable to attend other music and entertainment facilities in town. Horace Rutherford built Roseland Gardens in the 1920's and it operated until the early 70's. A variety of music took place here and certainly blues were a big part of it's history.
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