As our way to learn about Asheville (NC), we boarded the hop-on, hop-off trolley and headed to the Montford historic neighborhood, located just north of downtown. This was not a "hop-off" portion of the tour, so the photos had to be taken from the trolley.
By the late 1800s, Asheville’s moderate climate was being touted as an essential factor in treating ailments ranging from asthma to malaria, citing measurements of humidity, air pressure and elevation.
Dr. Karl von Ruck, who dedicated his life to the study of tuberculosis linked Asheville’s climate with tuberculosis treatment. This led more physicians to refer patients here, and they came in droves.
Best known of the many clinics and hospitals was Highland Hospital, originally known as "Dr. Carroll's Sanatorium," founded by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, a distinguished psychiatrist.
Grace Potter Carroll ran a music school at their house from which she gave lessons and held performances for many years. Among her students was Nina Simone, a nationally known jazz musician herself (nps.gov/nr/travel/asheville/hig).
St. Louis entrepreneur Edwin W. Grove, the multimillionaire inventor of such cure-alls as the elixir “Tasteless Chill Tonic,” came to Asheville searching for a cure. In 1913, he completed construction of the Grove Park Inn, which remains an internationally famous resort.
The Inn was constructed using rocks that had been quarried from the surrounding mountains. The workers used teams of mules, ropes, and pryers in collecting the stones which were delivered to the construction site on wagons.
What must the interior look like?
To be continued.