A Brief History
of the Hickory Nut Gap Inn
mountaintop hideaway was built on 5000 acres as a weekend retreat by local Trailways Bus
Company founder, Herman Hardison in the 1940s and 1950s. Natural materials such as stone
and wood milled from the property were used to build the lodge. Today there are
beautiful, forested acres laced with excellent hiking trails.
In 1977, one of
the promoters of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd bought the lodge for a rehearsal studio and
playroom for the group. Memorabilia and a platinum record from this period still hang in
the inn. In the early 1980s Bettina Spaulding ("B") inherited the house and,
with Captain Easy Batterson, realized the potential of welcoming guests from around the world.
Bo Trammell, grew up in these mountains. Bo bought the inn in 1998, and with Courtney
Thompson, has kept the flavor and charm intended by the original owners. They look forward
to welcoming you as their guests!