McClure, James Gore King, Jr. Mr. and Mrs 1916-1956
Phillips Judge 1912-1916
Spaugh Captain, USN Ret 1908-1912
Sherrill, Bedford 1874
1 folder+ 13 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Fairview, North Carolina)
Persons associated with the property include: Mr. and Mrs. James Gore King McClure, Jr. (former owners, 1916-1956); Judge Phillips (former owner, 1912-1916); Captain Spaugh, USN Ret. (former owner, 1908-1912); Bedford Sherrill (reclaimed property in 1874).
Property was designated a Historic Preservation Property by the North Carolina Cultural Resources Commission in 1975.
Property known as Sherrill's Inn, 1834-1909.
Mrs. James G. K. McClure, Jr. began developing the gardens in 1917 and added more gardens until 1942. She was an artist who had studied in France and England. Some of her paintings are featured in the house.
Folder includes Archives of American Gardens Information Sheet, site plan, and photocopied articles. Garden is noted for several features including boxwood hedges, stone walls, circular paved stone terrace, rock garden, tennis court, vegatable garden, arbor, and apple orchard. Site includes large spring house with water flowing through and a log fort built in 1897. Property features a view of the mountains in western North Carolina.
Garden mentioned in "Cabins and Castles History and Architecture of Buncomb County, NC" by Douglas Swain. Published in 1991 by NC Department of Cultural Resources
Garden featured in Carolina Gardens Magazine, "In Search of Lost Carolina Gardens" by Peter Lwewer, n.d