Valley Rewind: Past haunts 1920s funeral home

Special to Black Mountain News
This ca. 1920s photograph from the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center shows the Robert J. Lewis funeral home on Sutton Avenue.

This ca. 1920s photograph from the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center's archives shows the Robert J. Lewis funeral home on Sutton Avenue in Black Mountain, along with the People's Bank (the one story building at far right) and the New York Cafe (the two-story brick building at center). In 1916, Robert J. Lewis, "funeral director and embalmer," purchased the Sutton Avenue funeral home. Today, the building in which it was housed no longer stands, but many historic buildings with a dark or tragic past remain in the Swannanoa Valley today. Learn about them through the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s downtown Black Mountain Haunted History tours, taking place Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23. More information available on the museum’s website under the events tab.