Guide to the Suzanne Wise Papers, circa 1966-1983

Summary Information

Title: Suzanne Wise Papers, circa 1966-1983
Collection: AC.567
Extent: 1.51 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)
Abstract:

This collection consists of color photos of the Boone Golf Club, plans of the history of and proposed adaptation of the hotel into a southern cultural center, and 3 color photos of the demolition of the Daniel Boone Hotel in 1983. There are also two editions of the Blowing Rock 'Sun Down Times' from 1979. All were donated by Suzanne Wise, a faculty member of Appalachian State University.

Creator: Wise, M. Suzanne (Mintron Suzanne)

Biographical/Historical Note

The Daniel Boone building, constructed in 1925, was of a joisted masonry construction consisting of two stories. The main entrance included a long terraced walkway beginning from the West King Street sidewalk leading to an entrance veranda. The building itself sat upon 10 acres (4.0 ha).

A group of Boone business leaders realized a need for a hotel to accommodate tourists, traveling salesmen, visiting court officials, and new faculty at Appalachian State Normal School. The group of leaders included G.P. Hagaman, R.C. Rivers, F.A. Linney, and W.H. Gragg. They incorporated the Daniel Boone Hotel Company and issued 500 shares at a par value of $100 per share in order to begin construction.

Crossing the front porch, hotel guests entered into a spacious lobby with a grand staircase and two large fireplaces on both sides. The dining room was situated on the left side, and on the right side of the basement ground level there was a covered pull through for cars- a horseshoe shaped drive looped around back the hotel from the street. Employees attending Appalachian State roomed on the third floor, and the hotel manager had an apartment behind the front desk.

Construction completed in 1925, the Great Depression caused the hotel to become bankrupt, and in 1935 the hotel was auctioned. The new owners were Joe B. McCoy and Rich Finley. As a partnership they managed the hotel for over forty years. Once the depression was over and the war-time economy guaranteed growth, the hotel became for many years the place to stay in town. Sunday dinner open to the public was a legendary feast, as some residents recall, at $2.00 per person in 1946.

The decline of the hotel began as roadside motels popped up around the Boone area. The hotel closed its doors in the late 1970s. When the remaining proprietor Joe B. McCoy died, his heir sold the property to the Daniel Boone Condominium Company. Before being demolished it was submitted and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Scope and Contents

The Suzanne Wise Papers consist of materials that Wise has forwarded to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. This collection consists of color photos of the Boone Golf Club, plans of the history of and proposed adaptation of the hotel into a southern cultural center, and 3 color photos of the demolition of the Daniel Boone Hotel in 1983. There are also two editions of the Blowing Rock 'Sun Down Times' from 1979. Wise is a faculty member of Appalachian State University's Belk Library.

Arrangement

The color photos are stored in Cold Storage for preservation, and the folder of papers are arranged chronologically.

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

This items in this collections were donated by Suzanne Wise, a faculty member of Appalachian State's Belk Library and Information Commons. Wise donated materials to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection on June 2002 and February 2004. Accession number is AC.2002.010.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.567: Suzanne Wise Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, circa 1966-1983 Oversize ACSC_Box 1
Papers, circa 1966-1983 ACSC_Box 16.31