|When:||Jun 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm|
101 West Charleston Ave.
On Saturday, June 2, local historian, Bill Alexander, will lead a tour of the Grovemont community in Swannanoa, founded by Edwin Wiley “E.W.” Grove (of Grove Park Inn fame) in the 1920s. In this community, Grove sought to recreate the English village his grandparents had lived in. Located on a broad plateau, set against a backdrop of mountains, the idyllic residential village was to include homes, shops, a post office, library, a hotel, a country club, two lakes, and a town hall, all centered on a green (the current Grovemont Square), and linked by a web of roads and sidewalks.
Grovemont was the first planned community in America, and although Grove died before his vision for Grovemont could be fully realized,a number of historic structures and design features can still be seen.
The two-hour tour, sponsored by the Swannanoa Valley Museum, will begin at 10 a.m. in Grovemont Square, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Ave.). Cost is $25 for museum members; $35 for nonmembers; and $15 for children under 12.
For info and tickets, visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum website or call 828-669-9566.