Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for a historic home tour through Grovemont

From the Swannanoa Valley Museum press release

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum on Sunday, April 1st for our newest Historic Home Tour. This spring we will explore the world of E.W. Grove, the man behind several of Asheville’s most impressive landmarks–the Grove Park Inn, Grove Arcade, and Battery Park Hotel.

Our tour will begin in Grovemont, America’s first planned community. It was E.W. Grove’s dream to build a community much like the town where his grandparent’s lived in England. We will visit the town square as well as several house originally built by E.W. Grove.

We will also view the outside of the old Alexander Inn, which operated from 1818 until 1930 and acted as a stagecoach stop on the old wagon road. We will then visit Grove’s nearby Lake Eden property. It was here that Grove envisioned a resort for the residents of Grovemont. (The Lake Eden property later became Black Mountain College and is now Camp Rockmont for Boys.) Here we will see several original E.W. Grove buildings and how they have been used over the last century.

Before heading to the Red Rocker Inn for a up-scale country dinner (included), we will drive past the Grove Stone and Sand Quarry, which Grove built to supply rock for his many projects in western North Carolina.

Meet at the Black Mountain Savings Bank at 2:00pm. Cost: $55 for members and $65 for nonmembers and includes dinner. Reservations are required. Reserve your spot online or by calling 828-669-9566.


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