SHOOK HOUSE MUSEUM
“The Historic Pride of Clyde”
We can all thank God for sparing the Shook-Smathers House during recent
flooding caused by both Frances and Ivan. Both times, the water came to
within a block of the House, but not onto our side of the railroad. Our
thoughts and prayers are and have been with all the people of WNC who
have suffered as a result of the recent disasters.
The Chairman spent a week in Clyde during August. Though restoration of
the House has been quite slow at times, the Architect and the Contractor
are doing a good and careful job in light of the historic significance
of the House. The entire Chapel (attic) has been stabilized and a
handsome new roof is in place. After much preparing of the old wood
siding, the exterior painting has begun. We are fortunate to have the
assistance of Gary Cochran & Associates who are doing the fine interior
work. Water, gas and sewer connections are all in place. An electric
chairlift has been installed for those needing assistance from the first
to the second floor, and a golf cart has been purchased for use on the
property. Some work remains to be done, but fortunately, an Opening Date
is fast approaching.
Our last Newsletter acknowledged the valuable assistance of several
people who are helping our project: Bishop & Mrs. Earl G. Hunt, Mrs.
Frances Hart, Professors Thomas and Sherman and their students of the
Haywood Community College, Ray Rhinehart, Patrick Willis, Mrs. Ruth
Morgan Jones and Ms. Nancy Jones. Others have rendered great assistance,
1. Vice-Chairman Frank D. Hall who had the brass light fixtures
handsomely restored; also for securing a large lighted display case.
(Other display cases will be needed.)
2. Board Members Bishop and Mrs. Earl Hunt, Joel N. Martin and Bob C.
Smith for contributing furniture for the Museum Office, and David Conrad
for transporting items to Clyde.
3. A wonderful group of volunteers who met with the Chairman for initial
training as docents who will conduct guided tours throughout the Museum.
4. Janice and Julian Smathers who wrote oral history of the House, as
handed down by many generations of the Smathers Family.
Fortunately, several organizations and individuals have made monetary
contributions to the Foundation for the operation and maintenance of the
Museum. We are very grateful to the following for their assistance:
1. The Town of Clyde—$400 for the sewer hook-up, and for complementary
Township water (first 3.000 gallons) for the Museum
2. Asheville Elevator—$200 discount gift on the chair lift
3. Individuals: Bob C. Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Walton Garrett, Ms. Barbara
Wishy, Sean & Kim Peterson, Ms. Debe Hale, Mrs. Louise Harrison, Bishop
& Mrs. Earl Hunt and the Rev. & Mrs. James Hart.
If you know of authentic Shook or Smathers pieces of furniture or
accessories, still in reasonably good condition, we would be pleased to
include them in our collection of artifacts. Mrs. Ruth Morgan Jones,
former Owner, has donated some priceless items, which you will want to
see when the Museum is opened.
In a previous Newsletter, we told you of our legal status with both the
IRS and the NC Dept of State, designating our Foundation as a non-profit
organization. Monetary contributions, artifacts and furniture made to
the Foundation are therefore tax deductible. We have had several
inquiries about this. Just as with a donation to a church or other
non-profits, you simply report gifts made to the Shook Museum Foundation
to your tax preparer, or list it on your return. IRS has a master list
which it checks for authenticity—you do not need the numbers.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE:
• Completion of the Museum, ready to offer guided tours
• Quick completion of a very up-scale kitchen, ready to handle small
• The Foundation will conduct a vigorous fund-raiser for the purpose of
erecting a small building on the property to accommodate a Visitors
Center, containing two large handicapped equipped restrooms. We feel
this is especially important in order to welcome handicapped guests who
visit the Museum. Also, we want to be able to accommodate the many
handicapped veterans who are returning from the Middle East. (we have
already mentioned the stair glide inside the Museum.)
• With such a building, we also plan to invite all schools in the area
to send students to the House on field trips, in order to learn of
pioneer and late 19th Century life in Western North Carolina.
• Complete the landscaping of the entire 3.6 acres, using the wonderful
ideas drawn by the students in the Horticulture Department of the
Haywood Community College under the direction of the afore-mentioned
Pros. Thomas and Sherman.
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