Nu-Wray Hotel, Burnsville, NC, January 1938, photo taken by Mr. Sharpe. From the North Carolina Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division photo files, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.
In March of 2009, a researcher added this information to the identification of this photo:
"Once a stagecoach stop for travelers to Asheville, the Nu Wray is the oldest continuously operating inn in western North Carolina. This great landmark is centrally located on the south side of Burnsville’s Town Square, the heart of the historic downtown area.
Operating for 170 years — since 1833 — "one of the last pioneer Inns, has hosted such personalities as Mark Twain, Elvis Presley, Thomas Wolfe, O’Henry, and Christopher Reeve.
"The warm lobby has a large fireplace in use all winter and even cooler summer evenings. Located in a small mountain town, the NuWray Inn provides a great place to getaway, relax in the porch rockers, read by the fire, or play a game of horseshoes or a board game."