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Pack Square

Pack Square is situated at the intersection of ancient trading paths and has been a central feature of Asheville since 1797. Surrounded by important public and commercial buildings in the early 1800s, Pack Square established a focal point for Asheville’s future growth.

Named after George Willis Pack (1831-1906), a wealthy lumber merchant, who after retiring in Asheville in 1884, offered land for a new courthouse on the condition that the former site became part of the public square. He also donated ⅔ of the cost towards the construction of the Vance Memorial, which was erected in 1896.

The new courthouse, which is no longer standing, was completed in 1903 and the city commissioners renamed the newly enlarged square in George Pack’s honor.