Should Jon and Susan quit academe and run a big hotel (with a dinner theatre)? Almost certainly not, but an article in today's Winston-Salem Journal describing the upcoming auction of the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock, NC provided some useful background information on the inn, which we saw on our July 4th excursion to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The inn opened in 1882, but closed May 25 of this year as a result of declining business during the last year and a half. Expected selling price is in the 2-3 million range. The inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Dept. of Interior has already approved a renovation plan...so there are tax credits to be had by the new owners. Jon took the photo on when we were homeward bound late in the afternoon of the 4th.
Jon and Susan are professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. Jon is in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He has lived in Winston-Salem for 25+ years. Susan is in Biology, and has lived in Winston-Salem for 5+ years. Jon's neighborhood is Sherwood Forest; Susan's neighborhood is Ashley Forest. Maurice, who lives in the District of Columbia, serves as occasional capital correspondent.
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