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“In mid-1955, the Supreme Court set about identifying its own relocation facility [in the event of nuclear war] and sent clerk Harold Willey to hunt for a spot. Willey surveyed several properties in North Carolina and reported back that ‘Because all large cities are considered to be prospective enemy targets, a hotel in a secluded […]

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“After moving to Asheville in 1898, [patent medicine magnate E. W. Grove] decided that, if the city were ever to fulfill its potential as a pleasure resort, it would have to to shed its image as a health retreat…. “First, Grove quietly purchased a number of Asheville’s tuberculosis sanitariums and rooming houses that catered to […]

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“Asheville was slow to take up the great game of golf. The Asheville Country Club at the foot of Sunset Mountain [had] a nine-hole golf course, but the standard course had become 18 holes. The Southern Railway, in bringing people to Asheville, found resistance on account of the lack of a good golf course…. “S.H. […]

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On this day in 1930: After a month’s rest at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville fails to halt his mental and physical deterioration, William Howard Taft submits his resignation as chief justice of the United States. Taft, who earlier served as president, is 73 years old, weighs 300 pounds and suffers from progressive heart […]

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“P.S. There is a poor, desperate, unhappy man staying at the Grove Park Inn. He is a man of great talent but he is throwing it away on drink and worry over his misfortunes. [Maxwell] Perkins thought if Mama went to see him and talked to him, it might do some good — to tell […]

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Happy 100th to the House that Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic Built. A cornucopia of anecdotes in the Citizen-Times (hat tip, John L. Robinson) points out that the Grove Park Inn  prevented Asheville from becoming tuberculosis sanitarium to the nation,  gave refuge to Warren G. Harding during the Teapot Dome Scandal and even served as a […]

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“Positively no dogs of any size, value, color or ugliness allowed….Guests who attempt to smuggle them in in vanity boxes or suit cases will be asked to vacate their rooms.” — From a 1920 brochure for the Grove Park Inn in Asheville  

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On this day in 1918: Concluding a rustic road trip that began nine days ago in Pittsburgh, inventor Thomas Edison, automaker Henry Ford, tiremaker Harvey Firestone and naturalist John Burroughs check into Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. The celebrity nature-seekers, who camped in tents by the mountain roads, were delayed along the way by crowds of […]

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Though the most celebrated, the Grove Park Inn wasn’t the final project of quinine magnate E. W. Grove.  In Swannanoa he created Grovement, a planned community ‘where people of moderate means can secure large lots at reasonable prices.’ ” According to this oral history, Grove envisioned “a neighborhood as close to his grandparents’ town in […]

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