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HISTORY

About the Lodge

Glen Choga Lodge: A Historical Gem
Rich History
Established: The Glen Choga Lodge was completed in 1935, showcasing traditional saddle and notch construction.
Historic Recognition: Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Community Legacy: Many local families have deep connections to the lodge, with grandparents and parents working there when it operated as an inn.
Ownership and Restoration
Current Owners: Doug and Terri Matern purchased the lodge in April 2019.
Previous Sale: The lodge had been on the market for several years after the previous owner's passing and was about to be sold at auction when Doug and Terri made their successful offer.
Restoration Efforts: Collaborating with Preservation North Carolina, they have undertaken significant structural and infrastructural work to preserve the lodge.
Unique Features
Construction: The lodge's sturdy and formidable structure has been built from wormy chestnut logs harvested from the land and surrounding areas.
Preservation: Efforts have been made to maintain the lodge's rustic and simple charm, ensuring it can be shared with those who appreciate its historical significance and enduring beauty.
Glen Choga Lodge is more than just a place to stay; it's a piece of history nestled in the Nantahala Forest, offering a unique experience for those who value heritage and tradition.
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Doug & Terri

Welcome to Our Historic Home
We are delighted to welcome you to our home, a place where history and charm merge seamlessly to create a unique, museum-like experience. Our house is filled with antiques and furnishings that have stood the test of time, each piece holding a story of its own. We hope you find as much joy and fascination in these treasures as we do and enjoy your stay in this distinctive setting.

Meet Doug and Terri
Doug and Terri are your hosts, bringing a wealth of warmth and hospitality from their diverse backgrounds.

Terri: A true Florida native, Terri has always been surrounded by the beauty of the Sunshine State. Her deep-rooted connection to Florida is evident in her vibrant personality and welcoming nature.

Doug: Originally from Upstate New York, Doug moved to Florida's Space Coast with his family, including his dad, mom, and four siblings. This transition from the cold north to the warm south has given Doug a unique perspective and a deep appreciation for different lifestyles and environments.

Family and Legacy
Doug and Terri have been blessed with a wonderful family. They have two married grown children, and both of the couples have children, adding a new generation to their family tree. Family values and connections are deeply important to them, and they strive to create a welcoming environment for all who visit.

Love for the Mountains
Since 1998, Doug and Terri have been proud owners in the community, starting with their first property purchase on Lake Nantahala. Their love for the mountains is profound, as they cherish the peace, beauty, and adventure that mountain life offers. Married in 1984, they have shared countless memories and experiences, which they are eager to share with their guests.

We invite you to explore, relax, and immerse yourself in the history and beauty of our home. Enjoy your stay!