The ‘Great Flood of July 1916’ killed dozens in Western North Carolina and cost millions of dollars in damage. On this centennial, Biltmore Lodge wishes to remember the selfless act of heroism of one of its own.
Biltmore Estate Fire Department Captain James Cornelius Lipe lost his life in the 1916 flood that ravaged Biltmore Village. He made a valiant effort to save his daughter Kathleen, two nurses; Vicki Foister and Charlotte Walker and Charlotte’s fifteen year old sister Marion from the rising flood waters of the Swannanoa River. After hours of holding on to a tree strength finally failed and all were swept away and drowned except for Kathleen.
The following Resolution of Respect was found in the archives of Biltmore Lodge: “Whereas, on the 16th day of July, 1916, our beloved...Read More