Pisgah Inn

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Around 1919, George Weston left New York to return to his boyhood home in the Arden–Fletcher area of Western North Carolina. The US government had recently established Pisgah National Forest by purchasing 80,000 acres from Edith, George Vanderbilt’s widow; lands deserted by logging companies; and other tracts. While superintendent of farms at the Biltmore Estate, Weston had admired those mountainous landscapes. About two miles from Mount Pisgah and a mile from Vanderbilt’s private Buck Spring Lodge, Weston constructed Pisgah Inn on property leased from the US Forest Service. Visitors came from across the country and around the world to stay and dine at Pisgah Inn. By the 1940s, the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway brought drastic changes across the narrow, isolated Pisgah ridgeline. Today, a more modern 1960s lodge welcomes guests to its grand views and preserves the history, charm, and natural setting of the original Pisgah Inn.
ISBN: 9781467105033
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 171
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Marci Spencer is an author of Pisgah National Forest: A History, Nantahala National Forest: A History, and Clingmans Dome: Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies, published by The History Press. The devoted archivists at the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville; the Library of Congress; and the Blue Ridge Parkway Archives, National Park Service, shared this treasured photographic history of Pisgah Inn and its cherished region.
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