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Clickable Map of Watauga County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Watauga County, NC (101) Ashe County, NC (21) Avery County, NC (18) Caldwell County, NC (13) Wilkes County, NC (60) Johnson County, TN (11)  WataugaCounty(101) Watauga County (101)  AsheCounty(21) Ashe County (21)  AveryCounty(18) Avery County (18)  CaldwellCounty(13) Caldwell County (13)  WilkesCounty(60) Wilkes County (60)  JohnsonCountyTennessee(11) Johnson County (11)
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Blowing Rock is in Watauga County
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1 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — A Prosperous Mountain Family
Moses H. Cone Memorial Park preserves the country estate of Moses Cone, a prosperous textile entrepreneur, conservationist, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age. Its centerpiece is Flat Top Manor, a gleaming white 23-room mansion of almost 14,000 . . . Map (db m123231) HM
2 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — A Wet or Dry Town — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The State Legislature approved our town charter in 1889, and it allowed for regulation of the sale of beer and wine. Our first Mayor, Joe Clark (who was known to enjoy a drink), allowed Thornton Ingle to open a tavern, and the good times began, . . . Map (db m229065) HM
3 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — American Legion Buildingca. 1959
In 1952 the town granted land to American Legion Post 256 for the construction of this building and to commemorate the veterans of Blowing Rock. Members of the Legion post and town citizens provided the labor, funds, and materials. Renovations, . . . Map (db m210555) HM
4 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Antlersca. 1921
Originally built as a pharmacy for Mayview Park, this rustic structure would become Antlers in the 1930s. Hillis Icenhour continued his family's operation and ownership until the 1980s. Legend has it that Antlers was a provider of "spirits" before . . . Map (db m210566) HM
5 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Appalachian Ski Mountain
Opening in 1962 as Northwestern North Carolina's first ski area, Appalachian Ski Mtn. transformed Blowing Rock into a year-round vacation destination from a summer town where only one restaurant and one motel stayed open during its inaugural . . . Map (db m210536) HM
6 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Art & History Museumca. 2011
Organized in 1999 in response to a gift of Elliott Daingerfield artwork, the museum promotes the visual arts, history and rich heritage of the mountains. All of the funds to build this structure were generously donated by local citizens.Map (db m210544) HM
7 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Bankca. 1904
Founded in 1907, the Blowing Rock Bank helped usher in the new century. Among its founders are the town's first mayor, Joseph B. Clarke and mayor George Sudderth who resigned his mayoral office to supervise construction of this building.Map (db m210553) HM
8 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show
In 1923 Lloyd M. Tate held the first Blowing Rock Horse Show on Green Hill Road just up the mountain behind the Green Park Hotel. By the mid-1920's Mr. T. A. Broyhill had purchased much of what we know today as the Mayview neighborhood of Blowing . . . Map (db m210538) HM
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9 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Ice Houseca. 1930
Built for the purpose of storing ice harvested from nearby Chetola Lake, this building is constructed of Grandfather Mountain granite. This property has served many uses including an automobile service station, electrical repair shop and the offices . . . Map (db m210561) HM
10 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Memorial Parkca. 1939
This public park was originally the site of the Watauga Hotel which was built in 1884 by J.G. Finley as the first hotel in Blowing Rock. Later known as the Watauga Inn, the building was destroyed by fire in the early 1900's and again in 1926. The . . . Map (db m210530) HM
11 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Methodist Churchca. 1901
Built of native timber and stone, the church is the oldest religious structure on Main Street. The original 24 pews, each 11 feet long, are still in use. The exact dimensions of the structure were selected to achieve optimal interior acoustics. . . . Map (db m210567) HM
12 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock Negro Community Churchca. 1949
As Blowing Rock's first African American church, this building served the religious and social activities of its members from 1949 until 1980. Funds for the purchase of the land came from a community fund drive. In 1982, First Independent Baptist . . . Map (db m210583) HM
13 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Blowing Rock's History — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Discover Blowing Rock's rich and colorful past as you follow the History Walk down Laurel Lane through Broyhill Park and back. On your journey, you will learn about some of the people, places and events that have made our village the “Crown . . . Map (db m229051) HM
14 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Carriage RoadsMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Carriage Roads and Trails
Flat Top Manor, once the home of textile magnate Moses H. Cone and his family, presides over the former Cone Estate—3,600 acres of forests, meadows and rolling farmlands. Moses Cone, whose hobbies included road-building and cultivating . . . Map (db m20349) HM
15 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Carriage RoadsMoses H. Cone Memorial Park Carriage Roads and Trails
Flat Top Manor, once the home of textile magnate Moses H. Cone and his family, presides over the former Cone Estate—3,600 acres of forests, meadows and rolling farmlands. Moses Cone, whose hobbies included road-building and cultivating . . . Map (db m98708) HM
16 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — ChetolaCa. 1846
The 100-acre resort was purchased by Lot Estes in 1846 for five dollars. In 1892 W.W. Stringfellow transformed the original boarding house into a grand manor and named it “Chetola”, which means “haven of rest” in Cherokee. J. Luther Snyder, the . . . Map (db m210523) HM
17 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Chetola — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The beautiful Chetola Resort of today started more modestly. In 1884, Lot Estes purchased 100 acres including a horse stable and freight way station for the grand price of a nickel per acre. He built a family home that his son expanded and used as . . . Map (db m229056) HM
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18 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Church of the Epiphanyca. 1947
Built on land donated by Lorena & R.H. Gore of Fort Lauderdale, FL, this structure is the first Catholic church in Watauga County. The Franciscan fathers from Lenoir collected funds for its construction. Originally designed for seasonal use, the . . . Map (db m210578) HM
19 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Craig Cottage / Knitters Restca. 1890
Craig Cottage was built by D.J. Craig, the original owner of the Green Park Hotel. The foundation and five fireplaces are built of Grandfather Mountain stone. Chestnut bark siding was later replaced with cedar siding. German-style architectural . . . Map (db m210570) HM
20 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Creeksideca. 1928
The Tudor Revival style of this house is rare in Blowing Rock. The greenstone used for the house was quarried by Paul Coffey. Coffey's brother-in-law, Ernest Banner, was the stonemason. Banner's work features keystones and youssoirs over the windows . . . Map (db m210556) HM
21 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Daniel Boone Trail Marker#26
Donated to the Town of Blowing Rock in loving memory of two brothers and Blowing Rock's sons, Paul and Glenn Coffey by the Coffey Family This monument was erected two blocks north of this site on September 1, 1927. Mr. Thomas H. Coffey . . . Map (db m43883) HM
22 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Davant Residenceca. 1938
Built originally for Miss Mary Arrington of Rocky Mount, NC, this residence is the long- time home of Dr. & Mrs. Charles Davant, Jr. In 1948, Mayor Grover Robbins, Sr. recruited “Doctor Charlie” to establish a much-needed medical practice in Blowing . . . Map (db m210558) HM
23 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Early Education — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The first Blowing Rock school was a log cabin located where the library now stands. Most of the early schools were “subscription-based” with students paying $1.50 for three months. Among the earliest schools were Sandy Flats (built by the Cones), . . . Map (db m229068) HM
24 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Early Visitors and Settlers — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The earliest people to visit the High Country, as it is known today, can also be considered its first “tourists” because none chose to live here permanently. The Cherokee and Catawba tribes traveled the region hundreds of years ago in search of game . . . Map (db m229017) HM
25 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Edgewood CottageFirst Home and Studio of Elliott Daingerfield
These are the steps that led to Edgewood Cottage in 1890 when Elliott Daingerfield built this home/studio in Blowing Rock. He was born in Harper's Ferry, Virginia on March 26, 1859 and moved to North Carolina with his family in 1861. Elliott was . . . Map (db m210547) HM
26 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Edgewood Cottageca. 1890
First of three Blowing Rock homes and studios of Elliott Daingerfield, a highly respected and recognized American painter. After studying at the National Academy of Design in New York, Daingerfield married and started summering in Blowing Rock in . . . Map (db m210548) HM
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27 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-25 — Elliott Daingerfield1859-1932
Artist, teacher, author. His paintings hang in the National Gallery, Metropolitan Museum, and other galleries. His home is here.Map (db m43354) HM
28 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-42 — Emily Prudden1832 - 1917
Missionary. Founded 15 western N.C. schools including Pfeiffer College forerunner. Her Skyland Institute stood here.Map (db m229894) HM
29 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — First Baptist ChurchCa. 1923
The church was organized July 11, 1903 with twelve charter members. A 1905 church was replaced in 1923- 24 by this building to accommodate a growing congregation. The octagonal plan places the pews and pulpit in the center with gabled Sunday school . . . Map (db m210527) HM
30 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — From Mountain Village to Resort — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Following the Civil War, families escaping the heat and disease of the lowlands discovered the beauty and inviting seasonal climate of Blowing Rock. Captivated by the splendor of the Blue Ridge, tourism flourished. To meet the demand of . . . Map (db m229024) HM
31 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Gibbons Residenceca. 2005
William & Joellyn Gibbons commissioned architect Jeffrey Harbinson to design this Adirondack styled home on the former site of the Blowing Rock Hotel. The hotel was opened in 1889 to accommodate Blowing Rock's growing resort community. The home is . . . Map (db m210573) HM
32 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Glen Burney Falls — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Blowing Rock thrives on its natural beauty and outdoor activities. Hiking the Glen Burney Trail, which begins in the center of town, is a prime example. The Trail follows New Year's Creek, whose waters flow down the mountain to the Johns River . . . Map (db m229026) HM
33 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The community of Green Park had its own post office, telegraph, grocery store, and golf course. Residents of the Green Park area held the first horse shows and the earliest summer cottages were built near Green Park. The Green Park Hotel . . . Map (db m229062) HM
34 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park Hotelca. 1891
Serving as the heart of the Green Park community, this grand hotel offered the best of amenities including a post office, bowling alley, casino and shooting gallery. Historic guests included U.S. Presidents Coolidge and Hoover, Eleanor Roosevelt, . . . Map (db m210576) HM
35 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park Inn9239 Valley Blvd.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Iinterior c. 1891Map (db m210577) HM
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36 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Green Park-Norwood Golf Courseca. 1915
David J. Craig, L.P. Henkel, C.V. Henkel and Rufus L. Patterson provided 365 acres that adjoined the grand Green Park Hotel and carved a nine-hole golf course out of the Appalachian forest. In 1922 the course was expanded to a full eighteen holes. . . . Map (db m210575) HM
37 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Carterca. 1885
One of blowing rock's oldest remaining intact houses, the Victorian H-plan with a two-tier porch and an adjacent cottage was built by local craftsmen using native materials of chestnut, pine and Grandfather Mountain stone. Dr. Carter, the first . . . Map (db m210557) HM
38 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice
In Memory Of Those Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice World War I Linny Coffey Milton Greene Harley Hampton Lloyd Hampton Daniel Teague Albert Walser World War II Frank Baldwin Ralph M. Brown John H. Calloway . . . Map (db m136319) WM
39 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Inn at Ragged Gardensca. 1896
Originally constructed as a summer home, the property was operating as a boarding house as early as 1900. The home's exterior consists of American Chestnut bark siding and Grandfather Mountain granite. The original 11-acre estate included a livery . . . Map (db m210560) HM
40 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Julian Price Memorial Park
The Julian Price Memorial Park, comprising 4,200 acres, is named in honor of its former owner, the late Julian Price, for many years president of the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company of Greensboro, N.C. The company and Mr. Price’s son and . . . Map (db m134210) HM
41 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — L.M. Tate Show Groundsca. 1928
Site of the annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show which began in 1923 and is the oldest, continuous, outdoor horse show in America. Originally hosted in Green Hill, this present location is the site of the former Donald Ross-designed Mayview Golf . . . Map (db m210562) HM
42 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Lenoir-Blowing Rock Turnpike — Blowing Rock History Walk —
It was very difficult to travel to Blowing Rock until 1847, when construction began on the Lenoir-Blowing Rock Turnpike. Initially a toll road, it was surveyed by James C. Harper who became President of the Turnpike Company. Building the Turnpike . . . Map (db m229023) HM
43 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Main Street Through the Years — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Main Street has always been the heart and soul of our town. A place of beauty, social engagement, commerce, and special events, Main Street was also residential and included summer cottages, some still existing today. Early businesses . . . Map (db m229050) HM
44 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Martin Houseca. 1870
Originally built as a private residence for H.C. & Johnsie Martin, the home soon became a boarding house to accommodate demand for tourist lodging. From 1890 to 1892, H.C. Martin was the town's mayor. In recognition of this property's . . . Map (db m210534) HM
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45 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Maymontca. 1887
Built by Samuel Finley Harper of Lenoir, the house was purchased by Confederate General Matt W. Ransom in 1902. Ransom served as Attorney General for North Carolina, a U.S. Senator and Ambassador to Mexico. The architecture is indicative of the . . . Map (db m210574) HM
46 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Lake — Blowing Rock History Walk —
In 1917, Walter Alexander began development of Mayview Park, one of Blowing Rock's first and most grand residential developments. Envisioned originally as a Mayview Park development amenity for swimming, fishing, and beautiful strolls, . . . Map (db m229066) HM
47 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Manorca. 1922
Developed by Walter L. Alexander, the hotel was the centerpiece of the Mayview Park development. The chestnut barked structure contained 138 rooms and was built on the edge of John's River Gorge. The manor was a symbol of sophistication for many . . . Map (db m210564) HM
48 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Manor Hotel
Mayview Manor was an opulent 138 room, grand hotel, constructed in 1921 by Walter L. Alexander on the cliffs of Blowing Rock overlooking the Johns River Gorge. Its Early Appalachian architecture incorporated locally sourced chestnut, red oak, . . . Map (db m210543) HM
49 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mayview Park — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The arrival of Charlottean Walter Alexander in Blowing Rock in 1917 marked the beginning of a dynamic era in our town's development. In less than a decade, he would transform the Blowing Rock landscape by developing Mayview Park. It was designed . . . Map (db m229046) HM
50 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Medical Care — Blowing Rock History Walk —
At the turn of the 19th century, traditional herbal cures, midwives on horseback, and the advice of elderly “granny women” provided most of the medical care in Blowing Rock. But over the years Blowing Rock has been blessed with a variety of men . . . Map (db m229053) HM
51 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Miller/Robbins Houseca. 1903
Cicero Miller, owner of Miller General Mercantile, built the house. Later, in 1919 it became the home of mayor and civic leader Grover C. Robbins, Sr. and wife Lena, daughter of Cicero and Minnie Miller. Additions were made in 1931, 1941 and 1948. . . . Map (db m210528) HM
52 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Moses Cone EstateA Summer Retreat — Blue Ridge Parkway —
Flat Top Manor was the summer home of Moses and Bertha Cone. Known as “the Denim King,” Moses built his fortune with textile mills, which produced denim fabric for companies such as Levi Strauss. Completed in 1901, the home featured central . . . Map (db m227307) HM
53 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Mt. Bethel Reformed Churchca. 1886
Church congregation organized in 1882 by Rev. John Ingle. Grave of Revolutionary soldier, Ed Sullivan, is located in the cemetery. Sullivan brought his own tombstone when he immigrated to Blowing Rock in the 1790's. In recognition of this . . . Map (db m210580) HM
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54 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Old Lake Bed
The flat meadowland and bog here are believed to be the site of an ancient lake. Silt deposited from feeder streams filled the lake bed, resulting in rich soil that supports a wide variety of plants. Nearby rock outcrops provide shelter from the . . . Map (db m163900) HM
55 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — OpicherhokaCa. 1899
This house was built in the Arts and Crafts style as a summer home for Rev. Charles Graves Vardell, founding president of Flora MacDonald College, & wife Linda Rumple Vardell, dean of the conservatory. The name Opicherhoka is derived from the . . . Map (db m229014) HM
56 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Philanthropy — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Ultimately, people mold the true character of any town. Because of its captivating, majestic scenery and invigorating climate, Blowing Rock has attracted accomplished families of considerable means and influence. Time and again, Blowing Rock has . . . Map (db m229059) HM
57 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — R.S. Reinhardt BuildingCa. 1924
Built by Everett Pitts for Lenoir businessman, R.S. Reinhardt, this stone building was originally one story in height and housed the Blowing Rock Post Office until 1944. The second floor was added in the late 1940's and provided ten lodging rooms . . . Map (db m210525) HM
58 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Rainey Service StationCa. 1936
F.W. (Jack) Rainey was the original owner of this former Gulf service station. Constructed of cut stone from Grandfather Mountain, the building is indicative of facilities built along the Blue Ridge Parkway during the same time period. The . . . Map (db m210526) HM
59 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Randall Memorial Buildingca. 1907
This clapboard and stone structure was originally built by the Episcopal Church to serve as a workshop and training center for the local mountain population. The building was also the town's first library. The church sold the property in 1936 and . . . Map (db m210554) HM
60 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Religious Heritage — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Our religious roots can be traced to an early death, a grave, and thoughts of the afterlife. Revolutionary War veteran Ed Sullivan brought his own tombstone up the mountain from Rowan County. When he died in 1794, a coffin was hewn for him from a . . . Map (db m229057) HM
61 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Churchca. 1912
Replacing a small frame church that was dedicated in 1886, the present sanctuary building was constructed over a seven-year period with chestnut timbers and local stone. Four historic stained glass windows honor past ministers including Reverend . . . Map (db m210545) HM
62 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Ski Industry — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The winter of 1962 was momentous for our town because we had strange snow. This snow was different from any we had ever seen before. Visionary Bill Thalheimer, the founder of Blowing Rock Ski Lodge (today's Appalachian Ski Mtn.) created machine . . . Map (db m229052) HM
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63 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Sonny's Grillca. 1955
Established in 1955 by Sonny Klutz, the beloved Sonny's Grill was located on this site. The small concrete block building was the social epicenter for Blowing Rock for both locals and tourists alike for 54 years. The grill was famous for its ham . . . Map (db m210551) HM
64 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Springhaven InnCa. 1889
This structure was built to serve as a tollhouse inn for the Lenoir-Blowing Rock Turnpike. Stagecoaches dropped passengers at the inn while fresh horses were exchanged. The building was relocated to its present site in the early 1900's. . . . Map (db m229016) HM
65 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Churchca. 1921
The cornerstone was laid in 1918 and the church building was financed by a contribution from W.W. Stringfellow. Noted American artist, Elliott Daingerfield, painted and donated his work, “Madonna of the Hills” for which the church is named. . . . Map (db m210546) HM
66 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-10 — Stoneman's Raid
On a Raid through Western North Carolina Gen. Stoneman's U.S. Cavalry passed through Blowing Rock March 28, 1865.Map (db m20378) HM
67 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — N-10 — Stoneman's Raid
On a raid across western N.C. Gen. A.C. Gillem led part of Stoneman's U.S. cavalry through this vicinity, March 28, 1865.Map (db m95303) HM
68 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Storie's Soda Shop
For many years Coman Storie's soda shop was the corner store of this two story structure with three storefronts. Following the fire of 1923 the wooden building was reconstructed of brick and had distinctive textured glass transoms. The soda shop . . . Map (db m229166) HM
69 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Sunset Manor1920
Sunset Manor was built in 1920 by Dr. W.B. Council, Sr., a physician and senator, who was instrumental in developing the Town of Boone. It was built on the site of “Sunset Rock,” at that time a popular spot for locals to view sunsets. The house, . . . Map (db m210572) HM
70 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — The Blowing Rock
This 250 million year old cliff formation is North Carolina's oldest travel attraction. Located at 4,000 feet above sea level, The Blowing Rock is the town's namesake. The phenomenon is so called because the rocky walls of the gorge form a . . . Map (db m43674) HM
71 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — The Blue Ridge Parkway — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Two decisions have been particularly crucial in shaping Blowing Rock's destiny. The first of these was the decision by B.B. Dougherty to locate Watauga Academy (to become Appalachian State University) in Boone rather than Blowing Rock. The second . . . Map (db m229060) HM
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72 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — The Cone Estate and Family — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Blowing Rock was forever changed in the 1890's when the “Denim King,” textile magnate Moses H. Cone, purchased 3,500 acres to fulfill his boyhood dream to construct and supervise an estate of his own design. On his magnificent site, Moses and . . . Map (db m229061) HM
73 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Tourism — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Tourism has been an important part of the story of Blowing Rock since the turn of the century. Our first tourists were campers who pitched tents, built campfires, and slept on the ground. Boarding houses, inns, and our first hotels followed. . . . Map (db m229069) HM
74 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Tweetsie Railroad
Tweetsie dates to 1882, when the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC) began operations in Johnson City, Tenn. In 1919, the railroad extended tracks to Boone, N.C. The ET&WNC added passenger service and brought lumber out of the . . . Map (db m210498) HM
75 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Tweetsie Railroad
The signature attraction of Tweetsie Railroad is narrow-gauge steam locomotive No. 12, built in 1917 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia for the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC). From 1918 to 1940, the ET&WNC – . . . Map (db m210540) HM
76 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Uncle Joe Clark and Becoming a Town — Blowing Rock History Walk —
Improved roads raised tourism to a booming business, and locals quickly realized the town needed a formal government. Following the state legislature's incorporation of the Town of Blowing Rock in 1889, Joseph B. “Uncle” Joe Clarke was elected the . . . Map (db m229049) HM
77 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Watauga Hotel and Memorial Park — Blowing Rock History Walk —
The first hotel in Blowing Rock was located on the site of today's Memorial Park. The Watauga Hotel was constructed in 1884. The two-story structure had a splendid reputation and soon became the social hub of the village. Almost always . . . Map (db m229028) HM
78 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Watauga Hotel Cottageca. 1888
Originally constructed as one of several cottages located on the Watauga Hotel property, the building contained two small rental units. This structure is the last remaining example of the group of cottages. Acquired in 1939 by the town, the hotel . . . Map (db m104693) HM
79 North Carolina, Watauga County, Blowing Rock — Yonahlossee Theater1939
Built of Grandfather Mountain granite, the movie house opened in June of 1939 and continued to provide first-run movies to the community, during the summer months only, until 1979. The theater once hosted the world premiere of the movie, Spawn of . . . Map (db m210550) HM
 
 
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