Many helped with Shook House
May 13, 2012
To the editor:
Just this week I received confirmation of the final legal transaction of my gift of the Shook-Smathers House to the Haywood Historical/Genealogical Society.
I have read the article in The Mountaineer and have received several notes of “thanks.” I would be quite remiss, however, not to thank the many others who made the rescue, renovation and creation of the Shook Museum possible.
• Ray Rhinehart, for 20+ years protector, guardian of the property.
• The late Frances Hart, early secretary, advisor, supporter, volunteer
• The late Bishop Earl G. Hunt, invaluable advisor, supporter.
• The late Ruth Morgan Jones, who offered sage advice and donated many of the Smathers artifacts now in the museum.
• Margaret Ensley, who also offered advice and loaned many artifacts.
• George Thomas and his students from HCC who initiated the difficult task of reclaiming a “wilderness” and helped to start the wonderful landscape it has become.
• Patrick Willis who volunteered as our first curator.
• Jane Mathews, architect, who gave valuable advice and assistance.
• Heartwood Construction, the prime restoration contractor.
• A & B Contractors, builder of Visitor’s Center
• Sara Brown, Sharon Shook, Edie and Jim Thurman, Gwen Cradle, Pat Caldwell, Louise Harrison, Jewel Beall, Sammie Burris and other volunteer docents.
• Preservation North Carolina and other historians for scholarly research assistance.
• Many family members, for invaluable support, help and encouragement: Frank D. & Kathleen Hall, Dr. & Mrs., Wm.Campbell, Bob C. Smith, Joel Martin, David Conrad.
• Teddie Hathaway, advisor and creator of our web site.
I extend sincere thanks to these and other interested people who assisted me in the preservation of this important part of the history of Western North Carolina.
Joseph Shook Hall