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Discover Green Park Inn, which was built by the Green Park Company, a syndicate of three businessmen from Lenior, North Carolina.

Green Park Inn was constructed at a time when the United States was defined by great economic prosperity, industrial expansion, and significant social reform.

The legend of Blowing Rock goes back to the days when the Cherokee and Catawa Native American tribes roamed the land. The story goes that two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near the Rock. Their respective tribes were hostile towards one another, but that didn't stop these two young lovers, even when the sky reddened to signal to the young man that he must return to his tribal duty. The young maiden urged him to stay with her. He was so wrought with indecision, he threw himself off of the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below. The maiden cried out to the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of John's River Gorge then blew her lover back into her arms. The anomaly of the rock formation, the wind currents at Johns River Gorge cause the winds to blow vertically, causing light objects, such as snow, to float upwards.

The historic Green Park Inn, opened in 1891, was planned and built by the Green Park Company, a syndicate of three businessmen from Lenior, North Carolina that was led by Civil War veteran Major George Washington Finley Harper. The hotel is situated close to the site of Stoneman’s Raid, the infamous Civil War battle. When it opened, Green Park Inn was the most luxurious hotel in Blowing Rock and in all of the High Country, and included a ballroom, billiard room, bowling alleys, telegraph, and a post office. Each room contained a complete system of “waterworks” and guests were served water from a mountain spring at the headwaters of the Yadkin River, which is still located on the hotel grounds. Much of the hotel’s public areas still contain original hardwood flooring of heart pine, which is nearly extinct, while the original historic sections of the property are constructed of American Chestnut, which is extinct. The hotel sits astride the Eastern Continental Divide with its tavern aptly named The Divide.

Throughout the decades and generations, this Grand Dame property has hosted such historic and memorable figures as Presidents Coolidge and Hoover, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, author Margaret Mitchell, who penned a portion of “Gone With the Wind” while she was a guest; and celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Henry Fonda, and Jimmy Stewart. Many Statesmen and Captain of Industry have spent their evenings together after dinner, over cigars and brandy, within the hotel’s stately surrounds, contemplating the issues of the day.

In mid-2010, new ownership undertook a major restoration of the Green Park Inn that included substantial repairs and upgrades to the building’s infrastructure systems, numerous structural and architectural repairs, and completely refurnished the hotel with the addition of modern amenities, including building-wide wireless Internet access and flat-screen televisions. Ninety percent of the hotel's new furnishings were made in the United States, many in nearby Lenior or High Point, in what used to be the furniture capital of the country, in North Carolina.

  • Famous Historic Guests +
    "Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States. Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States. Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States. John D. Rockefeller, American oil industry business magnate and philanthropist. Margaret Mitchell, American author who penned a portion of Gone With the Wind while she was a guest at the inn. Marilyn Monroe, American actress and sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. Henry Fonda, American actor whose career spanned five decades. Jimmy Stewart, American actor best known for It's a Wonderful Life."
  • History Mystery +
    Which historic hotel originally housed the only U.S. Post Office in the area? If you guessed the Green Park Inn (1891) located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina you guessed correctly! The Green Park Hotel originally hosted the only United States Post in the area. Today, a piece of this original post office remains in the hotel’s history room. he historic Green Park Inn, opened in 1891, was planned and built by the Green Park Company, a syndicate of three businessmen from Lenior, North Carolina that was led by Civil War veteran Major George Washington Finley Harper. The hotel is situated close to the site of Stoneman’s Raid, the infamous Civil War battle. When it opened, Green Park Inn was the most luxurious hotel in Blowing Rock and in all of the High Country, and included a ballroom, billiard room, bowling alleys, telegraph, and a post office. Each room contained a complete system of “waterworks” and guests were served water from a mountain spring at the headwaters of the Yadkin River, which is still located on the hotel grounds. Much of the hotel’s public areas still contain original hardwood flooring of heart pine, which is nearly extinct, while the original historic sections of the property are constructed of American Chestnut, which is extinct. Learn more about the Green Park Inn and book your next stay.

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