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The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail

Blue Ridge Heritage Trail Sign Installed at The Mast Farm Inn of Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina.

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The Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis • David Yates

A year’s worth of meticulous work resulted in the facility you see today and earned them the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from the Historic Preservation Foundation.

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Valle Crucis • Yates & Bake

Tells about the history of the Mast Farm Inn which the U.S. Department of the Interior describes as ”one of the most complete and best preserved groups of nineteenth century farm buildings in western North Carolina.”

Warren Hellmann

Warren Hellmann, Bluegrass & Philanthropy

If you Google “bluegrass” and “philanthropy,” two stories pop up: Warren Hellman’s Hardly Strictly festival and Steve Martin’s awesome, annual $50,000 bluegrass grants. The music is not without benefactors at the regional level, Henri Deschamps from Western NC has been very generous to the bluegrass community.