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Activities & Interests
The town of Linville, located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, has long been a resort community. Visitors can see the careful planning that went into its development by taking a stroll through the Linville Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
A Town of Careful Design
In 1883, the new mountain town was carefully planned and laid out foursquare, with streets and parks thoughtfully incorporated into the design. It was named for William and John Linville, who were killed by Cherokees in 1766. Hugh MacRae, son of one of the original partners, prevailed upon his childhood friend, architect Henry Bacon, to design Strathsheil Cottage for his brother, Donald MacRae. Bacon later won acclaim as the designer of the Lincoln Memorial.
The Linville Historic District includes a number of Bacon's designs, including three other private residences and All Saints Episcopal Church. Bacon's designs incorporated local materials, primarily the chestnut-bark shingle which he used as siding. Bacon is also known for using lattice-work of logs in porches and recessed under windows. The Linville golf course was designed by Donald Ross.
The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") passed through the community from 1916 till 1940, when a major flood washed away the tracks; the old rail route later became NC 105 in 1956.
The Town of Linville, NC is located about 2 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 305 on US 221. It is about 17 miles southeast of Boone.
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- Grandfather Mountain (2 miles)
Grandfather Mountain, near Linville, NC, is famous for its "Mile High Swinging Bridge," panoramic vistas, wildlife, and hiking.
- Linn Cove Viaduct (3 miles)
Construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935, but the 469-mile scenic drive was not completed until 1982.
- Avery County Historical Museum (4 miles)
The Avery County Historical Museum, in Newland, NC, features exhibits on railroads, Civil War history, and Lulu Belle and Scotty.