Our History

Sometimes things work out for the best when they don't go according to plan. It's hard to believe that back in 1888, mining entrepreneur Hugh MacRae envisioned Linville as a bustling manufacturing center with hundreds of buildings lining a grid of streets. Fortunately, he came to understand that Linville's potential was in its existing beauty, not future industry. As people fell in love with Linville for the special place it already was, MacRae's initial plans for the town fell away. A unique resort community began to form—the center of which has always been The Eseeola Lodge, as it continues to be today.

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