At our Asheville Bed and Breakfast, The 1899 Wright Inn, we were Home Again

Posted by admin on November 12, 2009

You CAN go home again….

The 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House is fortunate to have many returning guests. However, on Monday, we had an unusual and wonderful experience we wish to share with you.

Following the death of Mrs. Leva Wright in 1945, the house was purchased the following year from the bank handling her estate by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Banks. Mr. Banks was a plasterer who suffered from emphysema. Mrs. Banks ran the property as a boarding house.

In 1947-48 two young children, Larry and David, lived on the third floor of the house with their parents. On Monday, Larry and David came back to see where they had spent part of their childhood.

They walked around the third floor remembering where their bedroom was (now the Steven Van Winkle Room), their parent’s room (now the Orr Room) the original bathroom up their is the one now used by the Orr Room. Their mother was a seamstress and had her sewing room in what is now the Hampton Room because of the light through those windows.

They can also remember an ice box at the top of the stairway. I can’t help but think of that poor ice man carrying blocks of ice up those stairs every few days.

It’s those small memories of the past that this wonderful house holds.

We’re proud to maintain the house for those who can come back to remember or for those who want to step back into the past to a kinder, gentler time if only for a short while.

Life has taken David to California and Larry to homes in the southeastern United States. But relatives brought them here for a surprise visit back to their past. So maybe Thomas Wolfe….you can go home again, if only for a short visit.

Barbara & Bob Gilmore
Owners & Innkeepers

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