The Grove Park Inn
“Entranced by the panorama of these encircling mountains…the dream of an old-time inn came to me,” announced Edwin Wiley Grove on July 12, 1913, at the opening of his resort. The Grove Park Inn is hosting a celebration on July 12, with music by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, guided history tours, a fireworks display, and the opening of a time capsule. A VIP hotel package includes a performance by B.B. King. www.groveparkinn.com
The Crossnore School for Children
Opportunity knocked in Crossnore when Dr. Mary Martin Sloop and her husband, Eustace, arrived in the early 1900s. The couple built a hospital, now Sloop Memorial, and provided training and jobs for women at a weaving center that still operates as the Crossnore Weavers & Gallery. But perhaps Dr. Sloop’s most noted contribution was The Crossnore School for Girls, which opened in 1913 as a boarding school for impoverished children. Today, it is a residential foster care facility, and the Crossnore Academy educates, tutors, and provides therapy. The school is celebrating with a Family Fair & Homecoming on July 20 and a dinner, Centennial Taste with a Twist, at Grandfather Golf & Country Club on August 5.