Homeland Tourist Park & Rustic Revival Log Cabins
with an update on the Thomas Wolfe Cabin
Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road
April 13th, 1 PM
Join speaker Annie McDonald for a program that will put the unique and rustic architecture of the “whole stripped log” cabins of Homeland Park in the context of Oteen’s development, developing National Parks, the Good Roads movement, and the crafts revival movement. Located at first outside the city, Homeland Park mountain resort had depression era origins and was active through the mid-century “hillbilly years”.
Its 45 acres were developed by Eugene Gilmore Hester in 1930 with sixty-five furnished cabins and cottages complete with a restaurant, pool, stables and more. Today they are private residences and some rentals that authentically reflect the era when vacationers came from far and near to experience the mountains surrounding Asheville. This program will also update the progress by the Preservation Society and the Asheville Historic Resources Commission in restoring the “Thomas Wolfe Cabin” located nearby, where Tom came hoping to find quiet and inspiration. Come for an introduction to the still lively and tightly knit Homeland Park neighborhood, meet some of the descendants of the founders of Oteen and Homeland Park residents, with an option for a self-driving or walking tour taking you back in time.