On May 23rd, the Rotary Club of Tryon was visited by Grandfather Mountain Executive Director and fellow Rotarian, Jesse Pope. Grandfather Mountain (5,946 elevation) includes the 2,500 acre Grandfather Mountain State Park and the 750 acre Science Travel Attraction including the mile high swinging bridge and wildlife habitats.
During his presentation, Jesse told the Club about the history of Grandfather Mountain and many stories about its founder Hugh Morton. Jesse also explained the unique partnership between the travel attraction that we all know of as Grandfather Mountain, the larger Grandfather Mountain State Park and the much larger Grandfather Mountain Biosphere Reserve that includes lands owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, the US Park Service and the US Forest Service.
After his presentation, Jesse Pope and Fred Hartley exchanged club banners. Jesse will be bring a banner from the Rotary Club of Tryon back to his home club, the Avery County Rotary Club. Our club was excited to receive such a beautiful banner, with a picture of Grandfather Mountain, from Jesse’s club.
Watch the video below to see Jesse’ presentation.