Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC | Posted on Monday, October 26, 2009

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat…
Life is but a Dream on Lake Toxaway

Visitors to Lake Toxaway bear witness to the beauty and serenity that first drew visionary E.H. Jennings to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in Western North Carolina. The Pittsburg entrepreneur’s belief in the viability in this region as a resort destination led to the transformation of the rugged terrain associated with the area into a beautiful 614- acre mountain lake. Named by its creator, Lake Toxaway was the first man-made lake built in the Appalachians. Knowing visitors would become as enamored with the area as he was, Jennings built The Toxaway Inn along the lake’s shoreline. It quickly became a well-known retreat among the nation’s most affluent citizens, and early guests of the Inn included Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.  

Lake Toxaway in the fall

Lake Toxaway in the fall

While on vacation at Lake Toxaway, socialite and Savannah native Lucy Camp Armstrong also fell in love with the area. She bought 40 acres around the lake and built an estate, lavish gardens and riding stables in 1915. Sadly, during heavy rains in the summer of 1916, the area experienced flooding and a dam gave way – emptying Lake Toxaway completely. Armstrong’s estate and the Inn held fast, but with no lake – the area lost its appeal for the vacationing jet set. This event eventually led to the demise of The Toxaway Inn, which stood empty for 30 years before being demolished in 1948. Ms. Armstrong continued to love the area, took up permanent residence at her estate and lived long enough to see her dream realized when the lake was restored to its original beauty in the 1960’s. After her death in 1970, Ms. Armstrong’s estate was transformed into The Greystone Inn – crown jewel of the Lake Toxaway Community.

Situated at 3,014 feet above sea level, Lake Toxaway offers 14 miles of shoreline, mild year round temperatures, beautiful natural settings and a wealth of opportunities for water-themed activities. Providing the best of both worlds by combining amazing views of the mountains and lakefront living, it is now home to some of the area’s most sought after and imaginative communities with resort-quality amenities. The lake and developments such as Bear Wallow Springs, Catatoga, Lake Toxaway Estates and Toxaway Views continue to draw visitors to this unique corner of the world year after year. Silver Creek Real Estate Group welcomes the opportunity to introduce you and your family to this very special spot along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. To view available homes or property for sale, click here. To schedule an appointment to view this unique lake community up close and personal, drop by our offices located in the heart of Cashiers at The Shoppes at CreekSide or call the talented team at Silver Creek at 828-743-1999. You could be in the mountain-lake home of your dreams in time for the holidays!

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