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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how Kate Waymon regularly cleaned house for Katherine Miller, a widow who lived in Gillette Woods, the affluent Tryon neighborhood that meandered from the far west side of town right up to the South Carolina border. The development traced its origins to 1893, when William Gillette, an actor famous for his characterization of Sherlock Holmes, was en route to Florida by train and was delayed in Tryon for several hours. To pass the time, he walked around the countryside and was so impressed with its natural beauty that he returned and purchased the seven hundred acres that became known as Gillette Woods. After building homes for himself and family members, Gillette sold the property in 1925 to a group of businessmen with the proviso that it be mapped for further development. The new owners trumpeted their holdings as Tryon's most “exclusive residential section.”.

Keywords:   Kate Waymon, Katherine Miller, Gillette Woods, Tryon neighborhood, South Carolina border, William Gillette

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