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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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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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Hotel Wheeler – Hendersonville History

As you are leaving Hendersonville, heading toward Asheville, you pass Bruce Drysdale Elementary School. It is the school on the right, across from the fire station, on the hill above 5-Points Restaurant, Pop’s Diner.

This is where Hotel Wheeler used to be. The hill was even higher then, the highest hill in the city, with a view in every direction. (They graded it to build the school.) Continue reading Hotel Wheeler – Hendersonville History