|THE BEAUTIFUL SAPPHIRE COUNTRY
|F262 .a18 b43 1902
||[Title on Cover]
The Beautiful Sapphire Country.
||The Toxaway Company's Hotels,
Summer Season 1901,
Fairfield Inn, Sapphire, N.C.
The Lodge, Sapphire, N.C.
Sapphire Inn, Sapphire, N.C.
The Franklin, Brevard, N.C.
The Toxaway Company take pleasure in announcing that during the past winter
the Fairfield Inn has been enlarged and improved by the extension of the
main building fronting the lake and the addition of forty rooms, some twenty
of which have bath attached. The dining-room has also been enlarged, length
of porches doubled, and guests who have in past seasons visited the
Fairfield will be very much pleased with the added attractiveness.
The extension of the Transylvania Railroad from Brevard to Toxaway has
been completed. This materially shortens the drive, which can now be made
with comfort in two and a half to three hours, also assuring the prompt
delivery of baggage.
||Fairfield Inn, Sapphire, N.C
||The Franklin, Brevard, N.C.
||Along the sunny southern slopes and table lands of the Blue
Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina, at an average altitude of 3,000
feet, where broad ridges point off from the main chains towards the lowlands
of South Carolina and Georgia, is a country full of delightful surprises to
the tourist, sportsman and health-seeker. No other State or region contains
so many grand waterfalls, such wide-sweeping mountain views and such
The most interesting of the many attractive features to
be found are the Fairfield and Sapphire Lakes. Nowhere else in the South, at
this altitude, are there such bodies of water. All who visit these lakes are
impressed with the wonderful beauty and greatly varied character of the
scenery. There are towering cliffs, rising abruptly for a thousand feet from
their shores, and cascades of rare beauty falling directly into the lakes
from the lofty table-land surrounding. Indeed, it is the general verdict of
widely travelled people that, in respect to the remarkable combination and
varied and attractive character of lake and mountain scenery, this section
is unrivaled by any in the world. Certainly no other part of America has
anything to equal it.
||Lake Fairfield Looking East
||Until recently there was no provision made for the
accommodation of visitors to this delightful section of country. Now,
however, entertainment is offered by the magnificent new hotel, Fairfield
Inn (on Lake Fairfield), Sapphire Inn (on Lake Sapphire) and Mountain Lodge
(on summit of Mt. Toxaway.)
Fairfield Inn is -beautifully situated on the
The Fairfield Inn
Lake Fairfield. It is a modern house in every respect, with excellent
water supply, good baths, electric light,
etc. It has wide, spacious porches and commodious public rooms, while
beautiful grounds and parks, delightful boating and bathing, serpentine
drives and shady walks around and about the lake, make this an ideal place
for health or pleasure seekers.
A well equipped bowling alley, with pool and billiard rooms, is located
on the Fairfield Inn grounds, a short distance from the house.
The Sapphire Inn
The Sapphire Inn, with cottages, will accommodate fifty guests. The
grounds are spacious and well kept. There is an excellent livery in
connection with the
house, and a number of pleasure boats have been placed on Sapphire Lake
for the use of the guests. The fishing on this lake is unsurpassed.
||Fairfield Valley, Lake Fairfield and Fairfield Inn Chimney
Top in the Distance
On the summit of Mt. Toxaway, is the Lodge. The house is The Lodge easily
accessible from either of the lake houses by a nicely constructed and well
graded road, winding back and forth along the sides of the mountain for a
distance of about three and one-half miles. The accommodations provided here
for guests are of the most satisfactory character.
There are good stables in connection, making the place especially
attractive for mountain parties. The view from this Lodge, which is on the
extreme summit of the mountain, is the most extensive (it being an isolated
peak) of any mountain point of vantage in North Carolina, probably in the
Alleghany chain. The magnificent character of this view baffles description.
Its grandeur and sublimity can only be fully appreciated by those who have
seen it in person and felt the soothing magic of its silent but irresistible
Other places have their charms for some, but few, indeed, are those who
visit The Sapphire Country and do not find some rare attractiveness that
induces them to linger longer than they first intended, and returning pay a
more extended visit to this delightful section of Western North Carolina.
||[Sapphire Inn & Cottage.]
[Clockwise] View from Mt. Toxaway ; Lodge at Hunting
Season ; A Trout Pool ; The Lodge. [Center] Sapphire Inn & Cottage.
The estate connected with the hotels contains about twenty-six
thousand acres. It is well stocked with various kinds of game..
The trout fishing is unexcelled, the hatchery connected with the
estate supplying one hundred and fifty thousand trout to the streams and
lakes yearly. There are seventy-five miles of river and brook fishing,
which have been under careful patrol for several years, and as a result
of this protection a number of trout were taken last season weighing
over three pounds. The only restrictions made as to hunting and fishing
are such as obtain in any well-ordered game preserve.
The large and carefully cultivated farms and numerous apple and peach
orchards of the company supply the houses with a great variety of fresh
vegetables and fruits. On the extensive pasture lands of the company
graze numerous flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, the latter being
selected with a, view to their excellence for the dairy, which supplies
fresh milk and cream in abundance at all times.
||Lake Fairfield from Bald Rock ; Lower Falls of the
||Fairfield Lake and Bald Rock [Photograph by R. Henry
||Headwaters of Lake Fairfield ; Lake Fairfield ; Outlet
||Many miles of road have been graded around the margins of
the lakes and over the property with a due regard for views which cannot
well be surpassed for beauty and grandeur. There are so many pleasant trips
to be enjoyed at the resorts in the Sapphire Country, that only a personal
visit can adequately portray the beauties and infinite varieties of this
region. Within a radius of ten miles of Sapphire are fifty waterfalls, all
of them being easily accessible. The height of these falls range from fifty
to three hundred and seventy feet.
Whiteside Mountain, which has the
highest perpendicular face east of the Mississippi—a wall two miles in
length and eighteen hundred feet sheer drop—is one of the grandest mountains
in America, and can be conveniently reached from either house. This, with
the cliffs of Bald Rock, Chimney Top, Laurel Knob, and Green Mountain, gives
to the Toxaway country a picturesqueness peculiarly its own. There are a
hundred other attractions, combined with those enumerated, which make this
one of the most notable mountain resorts in the world.
||"Within a Radius of Ten Miles are Fifty Waterfalls"
||The Sapphire golf links lie on a beautiful undulating rise
from the shores of Sapphire Lake, midway between Fairfield and Sapphire
Inns. It is a two thousand yard, nine-hole course.
To the forester, botanist and geologist, this country about
Sapphire is a veritable storehouse of wonders. Here is truly
the forest primeval. In the spring and early summer hundreds of
bright-colored flowers light up the old woods; here the rhododendron grows
to a height of thirty feet; the air is fragrant with perfume and these old
hills hold their secrets well of treasures of wealth yet to be uncovered.
The globe offers no greater natural sanitarium than here, where every
breath, charged with ozone, develops pounds of energy, and where all
conditions for perfect health exist in the highest degree. It is the ideal
resort for hay fever sufferers, the disease yielding in a marvelously brief
period to the beneficent influence of the mild equable temperature and dry
atmospheric conditions. The springs furnishing the hotel with water are
||A Corner of Sapphire Lake Near the Golf Links.
||On the very hottest day in summer the thermometer has
never registered above 87 degrees, while a record of the temperature kept
at Sapphire for the past four years show it to be an average of 69 degrees
for the entire summer.
Sapphire is reached over the Southern Railway
to Hendersonville, thence over the Transylvania Railroad to Toxaway. The
drive from Toxaway to Sapphire, a distance of fifteen miles, is over the new
Sapphire Turnpike, a perfect road, making the drive one of ease and
pleasure, with grand forest and mountain scenery.
Summer excursion tickets maybe purchased from all points to Brevard and
The Toxaway Company has established at Toxaway good stables, and hacks
and carriages may be had on the arrival of all trains.
||Falls at the Head of Lake Fairfield.
||The Franklin, Brevard, N.C.
||The Franklin, Brevard, N.C.
The town of Brevard,
N.C., is the gateway of the beautiful Sapphire Country. It has an altitude
of 2,250 feet ; is forty miles from Asheville, N.C., and is one of the
most enterprising towns of the State, owing to the impetus given it by the
Transylvania Railroad and the Toxaway Company.
The town of Brevard, N. C., is the gate-. way of the beautiful Sapphire
Country. It has an altitude of 2,250 feet; is
forty miles from Asheville, N. C., and is one of the most enterprising
towns of the State, owing to the impetus given it by the Transylvania
Railroad and the Toxaway Company.
It is reached via the Southern Railway to Hendersonville, N. C., thence
via the Transylvania Railroad, one hour's ride.
The Toxaway Company, appreciating the advantages of Brevard as a Resort,
and the desirability of having a first-class hotel in the town to
accommodate the numerous people who wished to visit the place, and at the
same time to care for those of its patrons who desire to stop over en route
to the Sapphire Country, on July 1st, 1900, completed and added to
its\already noted system of hotels, The Franklin, a handsome and commodious
structure with accommodations for 200 guests, which after a very successful
season closed November 1st and will re-open June 1st, 1901. During the
winter the Company has been
||engaged in beautifying the park and pleasure grounds of
the hotel. Among other attractions a beautiful lake has been made in the
park, with boat-house and an ample supply of boats for those of its guests
who are fond of this recreation.
The Franklin is built on the highest point in Brevard, overlooking the
French Broad river and valley, in the midst of a park of eighty acres. No
expense has been spared in its appointments and furnishing, which are
second to none in the South. Every room is an outside one, each commanding
a magnificent view of mountain and valley scenery. A great many rooms are
en suite with private bath, fine porcelain lined tubs and open plumbing.
The entire sanitary arrangements are perfect, while the water supply is
piped direct to the hotel from pure mountain springs. The large truck farm
under the care of experienced gardeners, supplies the hotel with fresh
vegetables each day.
For information relating to the Fairfield Inn and Sapphire Hotels,
address Manager of Hotels, Sapphire, N. C., and for the Franklin Hotel,
Brevard, N. C., address J. J. Heelan, manager, Brevard, N. C.
||Looking-Glass Falls, Brevard, N.C.
||Glimpses of Lake Fairfield
The French Broad Press, Asheville
||[Drawings of a woman by previous owner [?] of booklet,
early 1900's. Inscribed with name] "Elsie Raymond Fitch."