Posted on

Lake Osceola, the Lake View Hotel and Camp Osceola for Boys

Lakeside Inn on Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C.
Lakeside Inn on Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C.

This is Lake Osceola. Osceola is an Indian name, but Seminole, not Cherokee. I read somewhere that a lot of our roads and lakes have Seminole Indian names because the earliest developers were from south Florida and re-used the names they had used there. If I find where I read that, I will try to remember to come back and put in the quote.

Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C. “In the Land of the Sky” The second dam can be seen in the background of this photo.
Lake Osceola, Hendersonville, N.C. “In the Land of the Sky”
The second dam can be seen in the background of this photo.

The Osceola Lake Co. built an earthen dam here in 1908. They graded and prepared the land to create a lake covering 12 acres, 20 feet at the deepest.  They built a road to Main Street, Hendersonville. Continue reading Lake Osceola, the Lake View Hotel and Camp Osceola for Boys

Posted on

Social Distancing? Hug a Tree!

I am currently reading Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary by Henry Hitchings. He remarked that Samuel Johnson liked to hug a lime tree.

“… there were more immediately analgesic rewards to be had from visiting the Strahans’ home. In the courtyard stood a lime tree which Johnson, in moments of abstraction, liked to hug.”

Page 60
Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson’s Dictionary
Henry Hitchings

Hug a lime tree?

Continue reading Social Distancing? Hug a Tree!