July 4th is the anniversary of our country’s independence. It is an important day and should be revered by every American. I hope each of you had a great holiday with wonderful cookouts, spirited family gatherings, and reflections on the significance of this special day in our history.
But the day has added importance to us…Hemlock Inn opened July 4, 1952 so this past Sunday was our 58th Anniversary of operation. Seth and Lorene Haynie of Atlanta bought the farm belonging to Plumer Plemmons in the 40s and decided to build an inn. The original building consisted of only nine rooms and at first, was only open in the summer. The inn operated the first two years without a telephone!
Lots has changed over the years. More buildings were constructed, the spring and fall seasons were added, and more recently the winter season was too. Of course the telephone was added early on followed recently by cell phone service, internet accessibility, web pages, blogs, Facebook, on-line reservation service and more.
But lots has stayed the same. The inn has always been small by choice with only 26 rooms and cottages. Our guests like it that way and so do we. Our philosophy, which guides the way we operate the inn, also hasn’t changed. We strive to offer genuine southern hospitality, great homecooked meals, beautiful mountain scenery, and a change of pace for all our guests. We love to share the beauty and peace we enjoy here and we want to know our guests visits have been restful. relaxing, and happy.
We plan to be around a long time and hope your plans bring you our way this summer, fall, or winter. We are here to serve you!