In 1896, Elmer and Charity Rush Craig* moved from Wisconsin to what is now Asheville's Montford Historic District. Hoping to help Mr. Craig's deteriorating health, the couple built this beautiful Queen Anne neo-Classical home as their permanent North Carolina residence.
*Charity Rush Craig was once the National President of the Woman's Relief Corps, a charitable organization dedicated to honor the Grand Army of the Republic, assist U.S. Veterans, and demonstrate patriotism to the U.S.A.
The Lion & The Rose circa 1900
In 1913, the house was purchased by the Toms family. In honor of these first two families owning the property, the Craig-Toms Suite was named to preserve their memory.
The Toms' son, Charles French Toms, was the basis of character Tommy French in the book Look Homeward Angel, a fictional story of Asheville by Thomas Wolfe. We have been privileged to welcome Charles' daughter and granddaughter as guests and have enjoyed their stories and photos of the home and their family.
The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast has been fastidiously restored to her original splendor. Some of the more notable architectural details include the ornate golden oak columns in the entrance, and the Inglenook (a fireplace area), which is flanked by antique church benches to let you enjoy the warm fire during cool months. The sitting parlor appointed with comfortable sofas within is a popular destination for book-lovers, and the formal parlor's bay window offers sweeping views of the verandah and our gardens.
Throughout its existence, this stately residence has been the home to single families and is one of very few homes in the Historic District to boast this fact. We welcome you to our home and hope you enjoy your stay.