This property is an excellent base camp for a multitude of outdoor activities
Debby & Garry Crooks
About Debby & Garry Crooks
This home was built in 1957 by Muriel and Earl Crooks,our father Earl was the caretaker for the old Camp Firestone for several years, the old camp was located on the lake just across the street from this home. The Crooks' family has lived at Lake James for five generations - since the Lake was built until current day. Our grandfather ran a store and boat landing for many years catering to fisherman and the lake trade. Our grandfather’s old store stood less than a half mile down the road, it was located at the end of the old steel truss Canal Bridge that crossed the lake canal near where the current concrete Canal Bridge is located today. My sister and I grew up in this home and spent many endless summers swimming, fishing and playing at the old Firestone Camp and on the lake. We also enjoyed meeting different campers as they arrived each week. The summer camp in the movie "Dirty Dancing" reminds us of the old Firestone Camp as it had cabins, bunk houses, boats, horseshoe pits, meeting hall & etc. My wife and I still reside next door to this property. We enjoy getting on the lake as much as possible and taking advantage of the state park next door for walking, hiking, trail running and mountain biking. We also enjoy the close proximity of Pisgah National Forest & the Fonta Flora State Trail for mountain biking and hiking.
Debby & Garry Crooks purchased this House in 1957
Why Debby & Garry Crooks chose Nebo
Although this home was built as a residence it also served as camp headquarters for Camp Firestone where many of the supplies and records were kept and was the check-in station for visiting campers. As we began clearing out the attic, basements and garage we found lots of memorabilia from the old Camp Firestone, our grandfather’s store and the lake in general. Everything from old maps to old fishing equipment and boat motors. We decided we would display these hidden "treasures" in the house for all to see when they visit. An article about old Camp Firestone was published in the July 2017 issue of Our State magazine detailing lake life at the camp in that bygone era. Unfortunately the old camp is now gone and the property has been sold to private owners.
What makes this House unique
Lake James is still rural not very commercialized which adds to it's uniqueness and charm. It is also a very clean and clear lake holding cold water fish populations of Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. This property is situated next door to Lake James State Park (Paddy's Creek Section) which has large swim beach, hiking and mountain biking trails and fishing piers, it is also very close to the Canal Bridge public boat launch within a half mile. This location allows quick access to Pisgah National Forest for many outdoor activities. Linville Gorge, Linville Falls, Table Rock Mountain, Short off Mountain, Fonta Flora State Trail, Mountain to Sea Trail, Over the Mountain Victory Trail are some of the many great hiking destinations nearby. Day trips to Black Mountain and Asheville area are an easy commute via I-40
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The house was awesome! Will rebook soon
The house was amazing. Very close to the lake, and Debby and Garry did everything to make us feel at home. They did a great job bringing the history of both their family and the house together in all the decor. We would definitely book there again!
We love this house. Second year staying here and we were just as pleased as our first visit.
The owners are always so wonderful to the guests. The house is beautiful and thoughtfully stocked with items you might need during your stay. The house being located so close to the boat ramp made our fishermen very happy. We hope to return again next year.
Very comfortable home and great hosts
We rented the home for a family reunion and the ones that stayed there felt like they were at home, but better. From the moment we walked in the home had a pleasant aroma, fresh flowers from the garden, the refrigerator was stocked with essentials, a basket of snacks and fresh fruit. The guests didn't need anything from us. They also commented on the comfortable beds and how clean everything was. Enjoyed the history of the area that was posted in the home. I have recommended this home to friends and 1 family will be staying there later in the summer. Thank you Debby and Garry.
Great Place to Stay
The house had everything just like home. Very quiet, cozy property. The owners were attentive and concerned with our comfort even though we were completely satisfied with our accommodations. We will return.
Convenient to the Lake with all the supplies you would ever need. Always very clean and neat.