Category Archives: Inside Eliada Orphanage

“The Splendid Eliada Family Portrait” – by Clifford Davids

The group portrait below was one of the very first photographs I found in the Eliada archives, and it ignited the fire that fueled my need to tell their story. To this day I don’t fully understand why it had that effect on … Continue reading

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“A Full And True Eliada Orphan” – by Clifford Davids

Janie Carlysle Hargrave, widely known in Lumberton, N.C. as “the first lady of religious work,” sat at her desk late one evening in December of 1939, burdened by the series of tragic events that had finally overtaken a child named … Continue reading

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“To Protect and Defend against the Unspeakable Crime” – by Clifford Davids

James Gibbon Merrimon was born into judicial royalty. He was the son of renowned Judge James H. Merrimon, and the nephew of Augustus S. Merrimon, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. A stalwart member of the Asheville legal community for over … Continue reading

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“The Art of Comptonology and the War of Northern Aggression” – by Clifford Davids

I learned a great deal about the tumultuous life of Lucius Bunyan Compton during my three years at Eliada Homes. In his youth he was a rascal and ne’er-do-well, spending his days smoking tobacco and drinking bootleg whiskey. After he was saved … Continue reading

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“Brother Lost, Brother Found” – by Tracy Rose

(This cover story appeared in the Mountain Xpress, Vol. 8, No. 15: Nov. 14 to Nov. 20, 2001.) The last time Carmable Revels saw her little brother, he was a red-haired, freckle-faced 6-year old. That was not long after their … Continue reading

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“From the Bricks of Ben Lippen to the College Street Curve” – The Creation of Pritchard Park in Asheville, North Carolina – by George Sieburg

On any given Friday night in downtown Asheville, N.C. you can hear the rolling sounds of congas, tom toms, and bongos echo through the streets. Long-time residents or frequent visitors to the city know that this is the Friday Night … Continue reading

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“A Strange and Subversive Time” – Eliada Orphanage during World War II – by Clifford Davids

I was lucky enough to get a private glimpse into the heart and mind of Lucius Bunyan Compton, the founder of Eliada Orphanage – but only with a little help from one of his orphanage daughters. She had been among … Continue reading

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