American Chesnut Bark Shingles
April 1, 2006
American chestnut bark shingles, used to clad The Inn at Ragged Garden located in the Blowing Rock and Linville areas of North Carolina are deteriorating after 80 and more years of service due to exposure to the sun and weather are deteriorating. They are being replaced with Poplar wood shingles in an effort to maintain the look of the rustic architecture introduced into the area by Henry Bacon a century ago. The Inn Keeper salvages as many of the American chestnut shingles as possible from one facade of the building to reuse to maintain other building facades in the original style. The Poplar wood shingles also are a light gray color versus the darker brown color of the American chestnut shingles.
The Eseeola Lodge in Lynville, NC is also undergoing repair work and many of its original American chestnut bark shingles are being replaced with Poplar wood shingles.
The All Saints Church in Linville, NC perhaps has the best display of American chestnut bark shingles in the area. The exterior and interior of the church is clad with American chestnut bark shingles which still are in very good condition. The walls inside the All Saints Church, as well as, the underside of the roof are covered with American chestnut bark shingles. Pews and other furnishings inside the church also are made of American chestnut wood.