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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

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Toxaway Falls and the Toxaway Dam Break

Toxaway Falls

Toxaway Falls is next to US-64 between Brevard and Cashiers.  It is now part of Gorges State Park. Gorges State Park boundary runs right down the middle of the river.

It is a beautiful view as the Toxaway River pours over the granite and disappears into the forest around Sapphire (where I lived when I was little). Continue reading Toxaway Falls and the Toxaway Dam Break

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Fassifern School for Girls

Old Postcard of Fassifern School

There is a stone column with a plaque about Fassifern School for Girls on Fleming Street Hendersonville.

Fassifern School was not just a finishing school. They had a business course as early as 1918. They had certificate programs and taught music, art, Spanish and home economics. Fassifern graduates met the requirements to be accepted at Southern Association Colleges, the University of North Carolina, Smith and Wellesley and other schools.

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