Thursday, September 18, 2008

Brinkley Museum Coming to Tuckasegee



Call it a victory for the community. As you know, many local residents have urged the developer Legasus to conduct business more in keeping with the cultural heritage of the surrounding community. Today, Legasus President Jim Pitts announced that the developer will be restoring the historic barn on Moody Bridge Road to house the Dr. John R. Brinkley Museum.

In a press release, Pitts explained:

I know of no better way to demonstrate our respect and commitment to the community than to celebrate the life of Jackson County’s most distinguished son, Dr. John Brinkley. In his enterprising spirit, his indefatigable energy, and his pioneering medical practice that improved the lives of so many, our organization finds inspiration for creating a 21st century community on the Jackson County Plateau.

It is appropriate that we recognize a man who rose from his mountain roots and left marks that are still visible as you approach our community, including the entrance to the Brinkley Farm and the roadside monument he erected to his beloved Aunt Sally.

You could say the ultimate embodiment of the Legasus philosophy is Jackson County’s very own Dr. John R. Brinkley.


Plans are underway for a massive event to officially launch the project, featuring an appearance by Brinkley biographer Pope Brock, author of the best-seller Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flim-Flam.
John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) was an accomplished medical doctor who experimented with xenotransplantation of goat testicular glands into humans as a means of curing male impotence. He was also a radio pioneer who created the age of Mexican border blasters and launched the career of the now-legendary Carter Family.

Pitts added that plans for a practice golf course near the historic barn have been scuttled:

With the establishment of the Brinkley Museum we thought it best to replace the practice course with an organic goat farm to enhance the experience for our guests.
PGA champion Phil Mickelson, designer of the Webster Creek golf course on the Legasus development, heartily endorsed the change in plans:

You can practice your stroke until you're blue in the face, but Dr. Brinkley showed us a sure-fire way to add twenty yards to your drive. I think everyone will be more satisfied with the result.
Though planning is still in the early stages, Legasus has hired the international firm, MuseumDesignAssociates, to create what is billed as “a world-class, state-of-the-art, multi-media, interactive destination.”
Pitts continued:

Anything’s possible. We intend to reconstruct Brinkley’s boyhood home next to the barn and are already acquiring medical equipment and broadcasting gear actually used by Dr. Brinkley during his illustrious career.

Here at Legasus, we’re fond of saying, “Since the Gilded Age, the mountains of North Carolina have beckoned, and America’s children of fortune have answered their call. Here on the Plateau, River Rock conjures the high life.”

So it’s only fitting that we honor a man who rose from poverty, and through grit and determined effort, became fabulously wealthy during the Great Depression. While those were times of hardship and failure for many who lacked his tenacity and drive, Brinkley amassed a fortune and enjoyed the high life.

He installed a pipe-organ in his three-level mansion. Neon lights flashed over tiled lily ponds. Two fountains threw water 30 feet high, lit by multicolored changing lights. Huge Galapagos tortoises and a flock of penguins played on Brinkley’s lawn.

We’d love to recreate as much of that opulence as possible, display some of Brinkley’s many diamonds and show off his gold-plated 16-cylinder Cadillac.

Pitts revealed that the kickoff celebration will include a faithful reenactment of a picnic that was hosted by Brinkley and billed as “The Biggest Lawn Party in Southwest Texas.” The event featured 20 high school dancers in Japanese kimonos serving 1380 guests. Twelve hams, 192 chickens, 2 crates of eggs, 70 pounds of canapĂ©s, 250 gallons of punch, 40 gallons of fruit cocktail, 15 crates of oranges, 6 gallons of green olives and an ice-house full of vegetables and fruits were eaten during that lawn party.

Pitts concluded:

Here at Legasus, it’s always been our goal to create something that Jackson County would be proud of. With our announcement of the Dr. John R. Brinkley Museum, I hope we’ve put to rest any doubts about our true intentions for this community.
And THAT’S a statement with which I would HAVE to agree.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

wonderful!
will the hospitality school be open so we can get trained to serve at the picnic! ? !
I am so excited; I know some folks who need the famous medical treatments!

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the venerable Dr. Brinkley did some illegal. Hmmmm

Anonymous said...

Boy! Makes me proud to know how Legasus is going honor the heritage of the of all Jacksonians. My great-great grandfather, Robert Brown (believed to be the first "white man" to live west of the Meigs-Freeman Line in the 1740's) would just whirl around in his grave to know of Dr. John Brinkley's new museum. I can't wait to see what new pearls of concession these perpetuators of Jackson heritage will unearth.

Foolish Developer Fanclub said...

You're kidding, right?
This is satire?
A parody?

GULAHIYI said...

That's proprietary information, so I'm not going to answer those questions.