Originally designed as a stagecoach stop, the inn was built circa. 1830,and for more than 100 years it underwent several transformations. At the turn of the 20th century it operated for several years as the Franklin Humanitarian Home (a TB sanatorium).

Notably, in 1940, as the famed Black Mountain College approached its zenith, the property was purchased by Mary Aleshire and Daisey Erb. Mrs. Aleshire was the manager of the Norton Art Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida. She artfully restored and updated the historic property. In 1942, the house was opend as the Oak Knoll Art Studio, which served primarily as a summer artist's retreat for Mrs. Aleshire and her many famous guest; Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Norman Rockwell, Helen Keller,Sanatorium, Anne Sullivan and Joan Sutherland among them.

In 1965, wishing to preserve the house, and prevent commercial development the Aleshires sold the house to their caretaker Jim Reid.

The house was purchased again in 1989 and lovingly restored by its current owners, who transformed it into the Black Mountain Inn. Since then, we have been priveledged to return this wonderful inn to the tradition of welcoming guests the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains.


Over 5,000 square feet of interior space, landscaped gardens and 3 wooded acres offer ample opportunities for discovering the antiquity and nostalgia of the Inn, nourished by the very soul of the our own Blue Ridge Mountains. Bring your children and pets, if they are well behaved, or come alone - either way you'll love it here.

If your interests often lead you into nature, check out what our town has to offer in the way of outdoor recreation. Cycling enthusiasts must not miss Epic Cycles, and those who just can't keep off the green will certainly want to reserve their slot at the Black Mountain Golf Course. Once you've decided on your outdoor adventure, be sure to visit Flat Creek Outfitters for proper gear and equipment.

Less strenuous but no less exciting activities can include a shopping visit to Seven Sisters Gallery, or a make-your-own pottery session at Goodness Glazes Alive!, or a trip to the Black Mountain Farmers Market for fresh, locally-grown produce.

Within a short drive are Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the ever-popular Biltmore Estate.

And if all that's not enough to keep you busy, visit The North Carolina Guide for more things to do in our region.

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