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Alexander Inn

SR 2435, Swannanoa, NC, USA
  North Carolina State Historical Marker
    North Carolina State
Historical Marker
    Marker Text:
"Built around 1820 to serve travelers crossing Swannanoa Gap. One-time stage stop and tavern, later a boarding house. Stands 75 yds. N."
     Alexander Inn was built about 1820 by George Alexander (1790-1880). The inn is among the oldest standing buildings in Swannanoa and one of the oldest inns in the North Carolina mountains. It was and is located on the main route into Asheville from the east. Thus it soon developed into a regular stagecoach stop (today the building is little more than a stone’s throw from Interstate 40). The history of the inn thus is tied to developments in transportation in western North Carolina and the effects of those developments on commerce and tourism.

     The inn also has served as a tavern and boarding house. The railroad, which arrived in the area in 1880, passed close to the inn and created a rush in tourists. A similar influx was created by the automobile in the 1920s. The inn suffered during the economic hard times of the 1930s, however, and the owners eventually phased out commercial operation.

National Register of Historic Places nomination, research by Jim Sumner (1983)
Buncombe County Deeds, North Carolina State Archives
F. A. Sondley, A History of Buncombe County (1930)
Henry E. Colton, Mountain Scenery (1859)