Balsam Mountain Inn

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Balsam Mountain Inn
Balsam Mountain Inn is located in North Carolina
Balsam Mountain Inn
Location 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°25′31″N 83°5′14″W / 35.42528°N 83.08722°W / 35.42528; -83.08722Coordinates: 35°25′31″N 83°5′14″W / 35.42528°N 83.08722°W / 35.42528; -83.08722
Area 26 acres (11 ha)
Built 1905-1908
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82003475[1]
Added to NRHP July 15, 1982

The Balsam Mountain Inn is an historic wooden Neo-Classical and Victorian hotel located at 68 Seven Springs Drive in Balsam, North Carolina, United States. In July, 1982, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Construction of the inn began in 1905 and was completed in 1908. The Inn began as a railroad resort hotel, one of many in the area. Now, the Balsam Mountain Inn is the last one standing in Balsam. The inn was bought in 1990 by Merrily Teasley, an experienced innkeeper from Tennessee. She restored the Inn, with the historic preservation certified by the U.S. Department of Interior.[2] She even built an addition that serves as a dining porch that won the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from Preservation North Carolina in 1995.[3] In 2011, Merrily returned to manage the inn.[4]

National Register listing[edit]

  • Balsam Mountain Inn (added 1982)
  • SR 1700 and SR 1701, Balsam
  • Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
  • Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
  • Architectural Style: Neo-Classical, Victorian
  • Area of Significance: Architecture, Social History
  • Period of Significance: 1900-1920
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Tourism
  • Historic Sub-function: Hotel Building
  • Current Function: Hotel
  • Current Sub-function: Hotel Building

Current use[edit]

The building still serves as a hotel and restaurant. It was renovated and restored in 1990. It is one of the few remaining grand Southern Railway Resort Hotels. Balsam Mountain Inn has 50 rooms. The inn's amenities include: a full-service restaurant, a 2,000-volume library, two meeting rooms, card/puzzle room, sitting parlor, hiking trails, gift shop and two 100-foot porches that are perfect for rocking and relaxing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Mercer, Marcia and Gordon. "Tracking a Legend: Balsam Mountain Inn and Lost Mineral Springs". The Moutaineer. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Preservation Award Winners, 1954-2006. "Preservation North Carolina". 
  4. ^ Balsam Mountain Inn. "In the News". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 

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