Saturday, January 22, 2011

More Postcards

A couple of finds, located in Haywood County:

The Hotel Lefaine was, in its day, one of the most popular hotels in Waynesville. Apparently, it was removed for construction of the justice center in downtown Waynesville.

The Skyland Camp for Girls started in 1917 and is still operating in Clyde. Surprisingly, the old building depicted on this postcard is still there.

And just a little farther from here, near Mount Pisgah, one of Vanderbilt's hunting lodges:

This brings to mind to an old story about Carl Schenck, the pioneering forester and educator who opened the forestry school on George Vanderbilt's forest. When Vanderbilt decided to build a huge hunting lodge near the summit of Mount Pisgah, enormous trees were required for the construction. As Schenck described it, "The walls were to consist of chestnut logs, and about a thousand logs of that species, ten feet in diameter and up to forty feet long, had to be supplied." I don't know if he was exaggerating, or not. I would like to see the pictures, though.

(From Cradle of Forestry in America, by Carl Schenck)

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