Seeds in Asheville’s Next 100-Year Time Capsule

Posted: September 30, 2015

Asheville City Time Capsule Contain Greasy Cut Shorts

We have some Sow True Seed Glenwood Greasy Cut Short Pole Beans in this time capsule. We’re hoping for 100-year germination, but at the very least the genetic information will not be disturbed!

Greasy, Glenwood Cut Short asheville city time capsule 2115


Asheville and Buncombe County will install the 2115 Asheville Buncombe Time Capsule during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on September 18th at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. The 2115 time capsule replaces an 1896 time capsule that was unearthed earlier this year during the restoration of the Vance Monument, and will be opened in 100 years in 2115. The ceremony will also include a display of the 2115 time capsule contents and an exhibit of materials that came out of the former time capsule. A second set of the 2115 time capsule contents will be on display in the lobby of city hall beginning September 21st through the end of October.

The 2115 Time Capsule contains a snapshot of what makes Asheville and Buncombe County unique in 2015. It will communicate what life was like in 2015 in areas such as diversity, business, social issues, culture and heritage, tourism and demographics to Ashevillians in 2115.

The 2115 Time Capsule Project benefitted from public participation. The people of Asheville and Buncombe County were invited to make recommendations on the content of the time capsule. Over 165 people weighed in. The Time Capsule Selection Panel consisted of 20 volunteers. The final selection for the contents were made based on suitability, size, and compatibility of materials that will survive for 100 years. People were also invited to sign a Citizen Roll Call, resulting in a compilation of 1,000 signatures which will be placed in the time capsule.

Asheville’s first time capsule was placed under the cornerstone of the Vance Monument by the North Carolina Grand Lodge of Masons as part of the monument construction in 1896. The contents, including items such as newspapers, a Bible and coins are archived with the Western Regional Archives of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The coins will be placed inside the 2115 time capsule.

Stay up to date on the 2115 Asheville Buncombe Time Capsule Project at the City of Asheville website at under City Projects. For more information, contact Debbie Ivester at 828-259-5804 or email

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