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Picturing The Past The Toxaway Inn: Part One – The Glory Days


Last updated 11/3/2021 at 2:17pm

Lots of locals worked on the construction of The Toxaway Inn.

Lake Toxaway, named for the anglicized version of the Cherokee word for cardinal, is North Carolina's largest private lake. First created in 1900 by investor J. Frances Hayes, of Newcastle, Pennsyl-vania, the lake was the first of a phased plan to capitalize on the value of the 30,000-acre property. The earthen dam that created the lake from the Toxaway River and its tributaries was built at a cost of $38,000 (equivalent to $1.2 million in 2021) and created a lake 1 mile wide with 15 miles of shoreline at a constant 3,100 feet above sea level in what was described as "the beautiful Sapphire...

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