|First female legislator's Asheville home protected|
Asheville - The local historic home of Lillian Exum Clement Stafford, the first woman elected to the North Carolina General Assembly, is now protected by a preservation easement. Here's the press release from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County:
The historic Lillian Exum Clement house at 34 Hollywood Street will be forever protected by a donation of a preservation easement to the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County. Wingate Anders of Greensboro, NC, owner of the historic house and widower of Lillian's only daughter, made the donation of the easement to ensure the protection and preservation of this noteworthy historic site.
"We feel this house represents history important to Asheville, Buncombe County and the state," said Anders. "It was the home of Lillian Exum Clement Stafford, a female lawyer with an independent law practice at a time when few women held any significant type of job outside of the home."
The house, located in the Chestnut Hill National Register Historic District, was built in 1914 by George Clement, Lillian's father. Lillian is noted for being the first woman elected to the North Carolina General Assembly and the first woman to serve in any state legislature in the Southern United States.
(Mountain Xpress, 1/31/14)