Asheville city workers Tuesday morning recovered a time capsule from Vance Monument that has been concealed there since 1897 when the monument was constructed and dedicated. It was wedged beneath a Masonic cornerstone block at the base of the obelisk. During the removal, which took more than an hour, bystanders could see a stack of papers and what appeared to be a Bible.
The other contents remain a mystery, but an article in the Asheville Daily Citizen from Dec. 22, 1897, lists the items supposedly inside, including silver coins, an honor roll from local schools, a muster roll from the Confederate company of Gov. Zebulon Vance, to whom the monument is dedicated, Masonic documents, and several newspapers, including what was presumably the African American newspaper of the day, the Colored Enterprise.
You can read more in an article by Emily Patrick in the (Asheville) Citizen-Times at http://goo.gl/CzZtHc.