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Toxaway Lodge: 1902

Toxaway Lodge: 1902

Sapphire, North Carolina, circa 1902. "The Lodge on Mount Toxaway." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


Rooms with a View

From this 1901 Brochure:

The Lodge.

On the summit of Mt. Toxaway, is the Lodge. The house is easily accessible from either of the lake houses by a nicely constructed and well graded road, winding back and forth along the sides of the mountain for a distance of about three and one-half miles. The accommodations provided here for guests are of the most satisfactory character.

There are good stables in connection, making the place especially attractive for mountain parties. The view from this Lodge, which is on the extreme summit of the mountain, is the most extensive (it being an isolated peak) of any mountain point of vantage in North Carolina, probably in the Alleghany chain. The magnificent character of this view baffles description. Its grandeur and sublimity can only be fully appreciated by those who have seen it in person and felt the soothing magic of its silent but irresistible influence.

Other places have their charms for some, but few, indeed, are those who visit The Sapphire Country and do not find some rare attractiveness that induces them to linger longer than they first intended, and returning pay a more extended visit to this delightful section of Western North Carolina.

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