E. M. Backus Lodge

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E. M. Backus Lodge
E. M. Backus Lodge is located in North Carolina
E. M. Backus Lodge
E. M. Backus Lodge is located in the United States
E. M. Backus Lodge
LocationCold Mountain Gap Rd., near Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Coordinates35°09′38″N 82°59′51″W / 35.16056°N 82.99750°W / 35.16056; -82.99750Coordinates: 35°09′38″N 82°59′51″W / 35.16056°N 82.99750°W / 35.16056; -82.99750
Area20.6 acres (8.3 ha)
Built1908 (1908)
Architectural styleRustic log
NRHP reference #88000689[1]
Added to NRHPJune 9, 1988

E. M. Backus Lodge, also known as Camp Toxaway and Canaan Land, is a historic hunting lodge and national historic district located near Lake Toxaway, Jackson County and Transylvania County, North Carolina. The lodge was built about 1908, and is a 1 1/2-story, double-pile house of chestnut logs. The lodge contains eight rooms on two floors, each grouped around a central hall. Also on the property are the contributing log stable (1908, 1922), caretaker's cottage (1908, 1922), guest cottage (c. 1922), barn (c. 1922), and Davis Cottage (c. 1922). The camp became an exclusive girls' camp, Camp Toxaway, in 1922, and a religious and educational retreat in 1955 known as Canaan Land.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Carolyn A. Humphries (February 1988). "E. M. Backus Lodge" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-01-01.

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