The Night “Mountain House” Burned Down
Mountain House was one of the first hotels in Saluda and was built by Andrew Tanner, a railroad contractor and the first mayor of the town. One snowy night in the 1920s, the building burned to the ground.
Reverend William “Bill” Ed Andrews, who spent most of his adult life as a missionary in Brazil, lived in Saluda for a few years when he was a child. He was one of eight children of Robert Franklin Andrews and Susie Meaders Andrews, who lived on Andrews Street.
Bill Andrews witnessed the burning of Mountain House, and he tells the story in this recording made shortly before his death in 2002:
(This recording was graciously donated to the city of Saluda by the Andrews family.)