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Valley Rewind: In-the Oaks

Courtesy of Swannanoa Valley Museum
Special to Black Mountain News
This photograph shows the partial exterior of one of Black Mountain’s greatest estates, In-the-Oaks.

This October, we would like to highlight the mysterious side of the Swannanoa Valley as we lead up to Halloween. This photograph shows the partial exterior of one of Black Mountain’s greatest estates, In-the-Oaks. Originally named “Intheoaks”, the estate shares many features of the famous Biltmore House, such as boasting 67 rooms, a 3-hole golf course, stables, and much more. Unfortunately, the house’s owner, Frank Terry - the first vice president of General Electric - died shortly after construction was completed in the early 1920s. Frank’s wife, Lillian, continued to live at the estate until her death in 1954. Before his death, Terry added several peculiar features like a closet with a false back with a hidden latch to reveal a secret liquor cabinet. That poses the question: What other intriguing secrets does the In-the-Oaks estate hold?