Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway

Is another one going to bite the dust?

The historic Greystone Inn  has been a destination for tourists since 1903. Tucked away on the shores of Lake Toxaway in the heart of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, the setting is quaint and relaxed.

In 2016, the Greystone Inn was closed and up for sale. This makes me sad. I have sat on that beautiful porch overlooking the tranquil lake and felt so at peace. Yeah, it was not trendy. And yeah, there are some age issues. But the beauty and ambiance out weighed any minor discomforts.

The Inn was originally the home of Lucy Camp Armstrong Moltz, of Savannah, who came to Toxaway and built a mansion on the lake and was only able to enjoy her lakeside home for one year before the dam broke.  Built in 1915 and carefully restored in 1985, Lucy Moltz’s home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In her lifetime she witnessed the failure of the lake and then the rebuilding many years later.  

Before her death in 1970 she sold the home, called Hillmont, to the Lake Toxaway Company because she “wanted it to be used by many people; that’s the way it should be.”  Today it is known as Greystone Inn and reflects the elegant lifestyle of wealthy Southerners who spent their summers in the mountains.

Lucy Armstrong Moltz lived at Lake Toxaway until her death in 1970 at age 85.

The house should be saved since it is on the National Register of Historic Places. But too much "improvement" will destroy something wonderful.

As of this writing, the Greystone in is under contract for $5,500,00.00. We shall see how it goes.


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