One of the oldest and best pioneer homesteads in the south is the Mast Farm Inn. It became a popular tourist inn by 1915. The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning historic country inn that houses two restaurants in the Valle Crucis Historical District of North Carolina
Mast migrated down to Valle Crucis from Pennsylvania and settled on the land, and
around 1810 his son David built the two-room log cabin, which now sits facing
the main house at the Mast Farm. David’s son Andrew began building the house,
but it was ultimately his son Finley who completed the house in 1896. Finley
and his wife Josephine Mast had two sons. Joe, one of the sons, stayed on the
farm and continued to run the house as an inn until the 1950s.
Masts were known for their hospitality and their food. This is what made the
inn what it was and what kept people coming. They raised corn, grain, sheep,
cattle, and food for the family. Often times the main house would have no
vacancies so Joe would sleep upstairs in the loom house to make sure the guests
had rooms to stay in.
Paul Lackey family bought the property in 1980 but sold it to Francis and Sybil
Pressely in 1984, who rescued and restored the homestead. They opened the main house
to guests in 1985 and later renovated the granary, the blacksmith shop, and the
woodworking shop. After working on the house for a year, it is now what you see
today: a restoration that earned them the Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit
from the Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina. Along with this,
their hospitality landed the inn in the prestigious Innkeepers’ Register, a
publication containing inns known for their hospitality, service, and
historical or other special interest.