Images of America

May. 12, 2013 @ 04:19 AM

Jim Proctor, former mayor of Lake Lure, has authored his first book published by Arcadia Publishing it its "Images of America." The book includes more than 200 vintage images of Lake Lure.

Lake Lure is known as the "Gem of the Carolinas" and Proctor captures the lake in his photos and words.

The Town of Lake Lure was realized 25 years after Dr. Lucius Morse and his brothers Hiram and Asahil, purchased Chimney Rock in 1902 and their dream of creating Lake Lure became reality.

Lake Lure is surrounded by majestic mountain cliffs and fed by the Rocky Broad River. A popular tourist destination, Lake Lure hosted famous figures through the years, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also significant in film history, it provided the backdrop for Dirty Dancing and Last of the Mohicans. 

The book showcases the richness of the community, tourism and recreational history of this mountain community.

Among highlights are the Hickory Nut Gorge before Lake Lure The Chimney Rock Camp for Boys, The Lake Lure Camp for Girls, Camp Lurecrest and other summer camps and recreational activities in the area. The buildings of Lake Lure, including the Lake Lure Inn, the Ward House and the many churches in the area, are also highlights. 

In his acknowledgements, Proctor says he is particularly grateful to Todd Morse, Randy Balot, Bob Washburn, Jane Noblitt Melton, Ben Butler, Chris Braund, Camp Lurecrest and the Town of Lake Lure for providing access to their images.

"I was very lucky to have this project as an excuse to spend many hours talking to folks near and far about our wonderful and beautiful community," he said. 

Proctor is a native of Lake Lure and a five-term mayor. His interest in local history comes honestly; his Scot-Irish ancestors first settled in present day Rutherford County in 1767.

 He and his wife, Robin, live at Pine Gables, originally a stage coach stop and the oldest home in Lake Lure. He enjoys history and has spent most of his life collecting photographs and tales from his community.

Proctor graduated from Warren Wilson College at Swannanoa in 1980. He is currently a realtor with Beverly-Hanks and Associates and he manages his family’s vacation cabins in Lake Lure. He is a published photographer focusing primarily on landscape and event photographs.

Proctor said he hopes this work will bring back fond memories and inspire more people to collect stories and photographs for future publications.

"I do hope this book will encourage other people to delve into the rich history of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock and further pursue more fun stories, photographs and documents about our most beautiful town and surrounding communities," Proctor said.