Mast Farm Inn joins Historic Hotels of America
Published: 3:55 PM, 06/28/2012
The Mast Farm Inn of Historic Valle Crucis has been inducted into Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members. Members of National Trust Historic Hotels of America represent the heritage and development of America.
The Mast Farm Inn is one of less than 235 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. There are seven Historic Hotels of America hotels in North Carolina.
“The trend of cultural travel in America continues to grow,” said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. “By inviting the Mast Farm Inn into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation, while at the same time showcasing this hotel’s rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public.”
To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance.
“For the Mast Farm Inn, this is nothing short of a consecration,” CEO Henri Deschamps said. “As a historic, fully restored and renovated, yet rural humble country inn, it is a distinction we would have never hoped dream for.
“It reinforces our faith that meaning and substance, culture and history, natural and organic, authenticity and integrity, have significant value to people, culture, tourism and in hospitality. It reinforces our primary service ethic, which affirms that people and clients are human beings and not simply consumers.”
The North Carolina Legislature said of the Mast Farm Inn: “The numerous buildings that make up the Mast Farm, each expressive of its function, represent vividly the wide variety of operations necessary to a self-sustaining farm complex. This complex includes one of the most complete and best preserved groups of 19th-century farm buildings in Western North Carolina.”
“On our website, we quote a Scottish proverb which reads, ‘Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat,’” Deschamps said. “So, we are eternally grateful to Historic Hotels of America for having seen beyond the seemingly poor coat to the rich heart within, as we are reminded of guest Emma Johnson’s comment, ‘So much more … The world renowned Mast Farm Inn of Valle Crucis is nothing short of a handcrafted masterpiece of North Carolina Folk Art.’”
In the late 1700s, Joseph Mast walked from Pennsylvania and settled on much of the land that is now Valle Crucis. The Mast Farm Inn is rich in history and architectural integrity.
While there have been extensive historically accurate renovations and improvements, the hospitality remains rural mountain traditional, attentive and sincere, he said. Years of meticulous work resulted in the facility you see today and earned the inn the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina.
View a complete history of the inn at http://bit.ly/mastfarminn-history.
About Historic Hotels of America
Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with 32 charter members.
In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America.
With more than 235 hotels that have maintained their authenticity, sense of place and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.
More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America.
To be nominated and selected for membership into the program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized as having historic significance.
Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance, including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses and country estates. For more information, visit http://www.historichotels.org.