NC Formally Announces Grandfather Mountain Buy

LINVILLE, N.C. -- Gov. Mike Easley said the state's agreement to purchase Grandfather Mountain means one of North Carolina's signature landmarks will be preserved forever.

Easley announced Monday that the state would buy the undeveloped portion of the Avery County tourist destination for $12 million from the Morton family and Grandfather Mountain Inc.

?The acquisition of this precious gem in our landscape speaks to North Carolinians? love of this land and a sincere dedication to conservation,? Easley said.

The deal made public over the weekend includes 2,600 acres of undeveloped land and a conservation easement on 600 more acres.

The Morton family will keep operating the onsite nature center, wildlife habitats and swinging bridge near the top. The state will manage undeveloped areas as a state park.

This cooperation between North Carolina State Parks and the new non-profit organization allows for the complete protection and preservation of Grandfather Mountain," Crae Morton said.

This is the state's second recent major purchase of a private tourist attraction. The state bought Chimney Rock in Rutherford County last year.


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