Meet the Owners of this Country Inn near Asheville, North Carolina
Sam and Debbie Stebbins purchased The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek and approximately eight acres in March 2012. Sam and Debbie have dreamed of and researched owning and operating a B&B since their first visit to a bed and breakfast in Virginia over 25 years ago. While waiting for the right property and timing for that dream to come true, Debbie spent years collecting antiques, recipes, dishes, and vintage table linens. She loves to entertain, cook, garden, decorate, and spend time with people. Her previous career as a registered nurse gave her the opportunity to love and serve cancer patients and their families.
Sam retired early from his civil engineering career to become an innkeeper. Sam works to serve our guests at the inn with the same dedication he served his clients for over thirty years.
What is known today as The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek is a Colonial Revival home completed in 1904 after two years of construction. It was built as a residence for David and Pearl Buck, who were in their early twenties. Mr. Buck owned a timber company and over 4,000 acres. Non-wormy chestnut trees were cut from their property and milled on the banks of Bald Mountain Creek. The mill was powered by a hydro-electric generator which received energy from the ever-flowing creek. This generator also supplied the Bucks with the first electric lights in the community. Thirteen fireplaces and wood stoves heated the home and the wide hallway provided cooling breezes with the doors opened at either end. The Bucks referred to their home site as “Dreamdale.” It included several outbuildings and structures still standing on the property today: the spring house, the old general store/post office, apple house, chicken shed, multiple hand-laid stone walls and bridges, and also the Buck Family Cemetery. The Buck House and its outbuildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Bucks raised their eight children in the home, all of which graduated from college. Not only was David Buck a businessman, but he also served over twenty years in the North Carolina General Assembly. He and Mrs. Buck entertained his colleagues from Washington D.C. at their home. The visiting dignitaries would stay in what is now known as the Dreamdale Room.
After David’s death in 1939, Pearl’s health declined and the old home place was sold in the 1960s. The condition of the house declined as it sat vacant for decades. In the early 2000s a small group of developers recognized the beauty and historic value of the old home and began restoring it. A subsequent developer continued and completed the Buck House restoration project and opened it as an inn in 2007. After being closed for a brief period, Sam and Debbie Stebbins bought and reopened The Buck House Inn on Bald Mountain Creek in 2012.
We are very grateful for these developers who had an appreciation for the history of the house and the area and chose to restore the home against the advice of others. We are honored to be able to share this Buck family home and an historic piece of Yancey County history with all who visit.
- Eight acres of grounds of the inn to stroll and 700 adjacent acres of forest with trails to hike.
- Fly Fishing available in creek on property. High concentration of southern Appalachian Brook Trout. Bring your own fly rod or borrow ours.
- Historic structures on property.
- Covered swings along the banks of the creek.
- Wrap around porch with swings and rockers to enjoy while listening to the creek.
- Fire ring to enjoy in the evening with a glass of wine, hot chocolate, or s’mores.
- Yard games such as horse shoes, croquet, bocce ball, and disc golf.
- Bottomless cookie jar.
- Activity area with hiking maps, laptop computer, local area information for dining, shopping, and recreational activities.
- Parlor with gas log fireplace to enjoy the company of other guests.
- Complimentary guest beverage and snack station located in the hallway outside the bedrooms.
- Full breakfast enjoyed in the dining room or on the creek side veranda.
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the Inn.