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Filmmaker Explores Toxaway’s Rich History


Last updated 4/4/2012 at 4:46pm

Whit Hensen and John Nichols are creating a documentary film about the history of Lake Toxaway.

Former county resident John LeRoy Nichols III is making a documentary film about one of Transylvania’s most fascinating tales: the creation of Lake Toxaway, the dam’s collapse, and the mountain lake’s resurrection.

The story of Lake Toxaway is more than just a passing curiosity for Nichols. He is the grandson of Reginald Davies Heinitsh, one of the key players in the purchase and rebuilding of the dam in the 1960s. Heinitsh had four children – Isabel (John’s mother), Reginald, John and Agnes – and the lake has always been an important part of the family’s history.

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