Mountain Escape Part 2: Lake Lure
In 1902, the Morse brothers (Lucius, Hiram, and Asahel) purchased 8,000 acres around Chimney Rock, dammed up the Rocky Broad River in Hickory Nut Gorge flooding the Town of Buffalo and creating the 720-acre, 90-foot-deep lake with 27 miles of shoreline. They formed the Carolina Mountain Power Company to sell electricity to the local mountain folk. However, the Morse boys went broke during the Depression and lost everything to Stroud & Company of Philadelphia.
The Town of Lake Lure, incorporated in 1927, acquired the lake, all land around the lake, the dam, and the power company, and began selling electricity to Duke Energy. The town now has a permanent population of over 1,100 mostly age-45+ wealthy residents... and a transient population of thousands who visit to enjoy the beauty of the North Carolina mountains.
Lake Lure beach has no waves but plenty of white sand and fun for the kids, such as water sprays, water slides, and picnic facilities. Adults can fish for bass, trout, bream, crappie, perch, carp, and catfish in the lake and enjoy massages and nail-facial treatments at the spa in the 1927 Lake Lure Inn which has hosted F. Scott Fitzgerald, F.D.R, Emily Post, Calvin Coolidge, and Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
Linda had hundreds of resort rentals, inns, B&Bs, and hotels to choose from for our 23rd anniversary weekend. She chose the Esmeralda Inn and away we went in my new Subaru XV Crosstrek, my 75th birthday present from my wonderful wife.
Next Week: Vineyards