Friday, November 5, 2010

More Bat Cave....


There is not much in the tiny village of Bat Cave - some old buildings that have long since seen their heyday, a post office and not much else.  This Victorian era building sits down the street from the Apple House and across the street from the Broad River. I was not able to uncover any information as to the history of the place other than it was an inn  in years past.  This area was a resort, for those who lived off the mountain as we say, since it was near the river and close to the towns of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.



Apparently there were several inns in the area, most long gone. This place is now a tourist gift shop and provided great photos of the front porch, architecture and merchandise for sale. Pumpkins, apples, gourds and potted mums line the front porch with welcoming benches and rocking chairs scattered among the items for sale..




Season is over and I would expect this shop will be closing for the winter.  There were a few customers lingering inside.  The interior was dimly lit and chilly.  I am sure they don't heat the place unless they have to.  The merchandise was a disappointing array of country themed items, mostly made in China with a few local music CDs and trinkets. The porch was by far the most interesting feature. They still had the Halloween decorations up since it was this past weekend.






 

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20 comments:

Cher' Shots said...

I love those old Victorian style buildings and this fine 'lady' is a beauty. A bit worn but one can only imagine the history she holds.

Please include me in your 'give-away' drawing.

EG Wow said...

I really like the names of these places in the Carolina Mountains. :) The old inn has tons or charm so I can see why someone would want to convert it into a store. Too bad what they sell is not made by locals, though!

Kea said...

The porch of that shop *is* lovely! Too bad the inside merchandise didn't make the grade, though.

In our area, you have to drive a bit to get to the quaint villages (though there are lots of wonderful shops downtown in our city).

Sometimes village shops are wonderful, with merchandise from local artists, which is fabulous. And sometimes they just are crammed full of "junk." I actually can't browse through a store that is full to the brim with "stuff" everywhere (unless it's a secondhand book shop) and there's hardly any room to move. I'm not clausterphobic, but I can't stand "clutter."

Anyway, I'm digressing wildly here, which is par for the course for me, especially at the end of a long week.

I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your posts, even though I don't comment regularly!

Odie Langley said...

I am glad you added to the Bat Cave story and I also love old buildings like this one with a porch. I know what it's like to shop in a chilly store, have been in quite a few in the mountain area. One of my pet peeves is finding so many things in stores made in China. In Walmart it is hard to find anything that isn't made in China, even items like Paula Deen cookware. That really stinks. One day I plan to take Linda to actually see Bat Cave. Thanks & have a wonderful weekend.
Odie

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww what a shame! The house has such character!! From afar it looks stunning - but when you zoom in as you do with your camera showing the broken windows then I feel sorry for it!! And worse with the disappointment of what was being sold inside as the outside is absolutely lovely!!! Oh well - at least the structure of the house is gorgeous and the patio is very pretty!!!

Thanks for sharing these amazing pics!!! Good luck with your giveaway! Take care
x

Donnie said...

What a lovely old house. Don and I don't wander around the mountains like we used to. Thanks for taking us with you.

SouthernSass said...

That is a really lovely old house and I love the architecture. I bet it would cost a fortune to heat that place, especially with cold air coming in from the broken window! :)

Catherine said...

What an interesting little shop ~ too bad the inside wasn't filled with lots of pretty things to buy ~ but perhaps the ol' pocket book is better off. :)

Happy weekend!
xo Catherine

NCmountainwoman said...

We go to Chimney Rock fairly often and yet have never visited Bat Cave. Your charming photographs have encouraged me to stop there next time.

Dimple said...

It is a lovely old building; there is one of that generation in my town, but it is in much worse condition. I imagine it is very expensive to keep up these old buildings, though.
I agree the porch is inviting, I think the rockers are especially so!

'Tsuki said...

These are lovely reflections of Halloween you share there... A perfect set for a perfect day.

cat said...

What a fantastic looking house, I love it!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots.

Sweet Scent of Rose

leavesnbloom said...

Those are such picturesque scenes - it looks lovely there at this time of year.

Mom of M&Ms said...

beautiful.. I would love to do some photographing here... Gorgeous!

Erika B said...

Such a special place! Very inspiring. Great shots!

Erika B

Liz said...

I would love to visit that place. I love inns. Must be fun being in that location.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I love this old building and bet that there are many stories it could tell. I know this area and have actually heard of Bat Cave. My parents were in Pisgah Forest on a mountain (now in the flatlands of Atlanta!)

Greyscale Territory said...

Amazing name for a village! And it is fascinating! So much character! Loved this series of photos!

Ewa said...

Great post, I love that type of buildings and the porch, that's what I would love to have at my house :)
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