A Brief History of the Grounds
Many of the Lake Eden Events grounds and buildings were originally developed by E.W. Grove (of the Grove Park
Inn and Grove Arcade in Asheville) who constructed some wonderful
buildings with his trademark native stone fireplaces to be a private resort at the beginning of the 20th Century. While the project stalled, it did operate as the Lake Eden Inn & Resort in the early 1900's offering a getaway for people seeking its healing
waters and refreshing air.
In the 1940's and 1950's the historic
Black Mountain College operated on the grounds and built many of the more modern buildings on the site, including Sequioa Cottage and the Barns. When the College finally closed its doors in 1957, the property was purchased by the Pickering family and turned into Camp
Rockmont for Boys (which is still adjacent to our location). After the family retired from the summer camp business, we retained the 60+ acre portion which we now use for Lake Eden Events. The Lake Eden Arts Festival also utilizes this amazing property for camping, healing arts, production,
poetry tent and events during the twice annual festival, hosting over 5000 guests each time.
A little info into BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE:
The site of the historic Black Mountain College in the 1940's-50's, many of
the century's most celebrated artists and thinkers attended the college as
teachers or students: Albert Einstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Annie Albers, Merce
Cunningham, Rothko and Buckminster Fuller (who designed the first geodesic
dome here). The Lake Eden Events property was used as the BMC
farm, administration buildings, housing, and towards the end all of the BMC
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