Guide to the Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Papers, 1867-1896

Summary Information

Title: Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Papers, 1867-1896
Collection: AC.1066
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

This Lookout Mountain collection is comprised of two pieces: a brochure describing the educational institutions and the famous Lookout Inn in the mid-to late 1890s.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

The Lookout Mountain Educational Institutions were incorporated in 1866 in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee by the Legislature of Tennessee to provide white youths of both sexes a quality education at an affordable cost.

Courses were taught as four departments of study: Preparatory, for those who need instruction in the Rudiments of Learning; English and Business, which embraces a full course of all studies with special attention given to mathematics, history and English literature; Classical, which offered advanced classes to those deemed ready for that step; and the Department of Music, with instruction given on the Piano-Forte and Guitar, along with some advanced instruction on other instruments and composition.

The Lookout Inn was completed in 1882 at a cost of $150,00 and was comprised of about 400 rooms. Dignitaries from around the world visited it, and Prince Henry of Prussia pronounced it the most ideal spot he had visited,with the scenery more gorgeous than that of the Swiss Alps. The brochure in this collection is for the Season of 1896, with details of its splendor, amusements and points of interest, and its pure and free water from natural springs. The Inn burned to the ground in November 1908.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one informational catalog of Lookout Mountain Educational Institutions, with expenses, classes, more information, circa 1867, and a promotional booklet for Lookout Inn, on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, dated 1896.

The Lookout Mountain Educational Institutions "were founded with the design of furnishing to white youth of both sexes a thorough, Christian education at a moderate expense." They were incorporated in 1866 by the Legislature of Tennessee.

There were four departments of study: the Preparatory Department, the English and Business Department, the Classical Department, and the Department of Music. A thorough English and Classical education could be obtained for a price not to exceed $225 per year, which included room and board, wood, lights, and furniture.

The Lookout Inn brochure was printed for the Season of 1896, and describes the "far-famed popular Summer Resort promises to be the most brilliant in its history". It tells of the excellent water supplies of the Leonora, Poland, and Tate Springs. Fire protection and equipment is also emphasized.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in the same folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

[Identification of item], AC.1066: Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1066: Lookout Mountain, Tennessee Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.