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The Inn

A Spacious Home for Gatherings and Quiet Relaxation

Originally the home of a prominent Bryson City lawyer and judge, the Inn's main house provides common areas for conversation, board games, reading, television and each morning's breakfast.

The main and carriage houses were built in 1927 by Dr. B.C. and Lillian Franklin Thomasson. The Honorable Judge McKinley Edwards, a decorated WWI Marine war hero, purchased the house in 1932, where he and his wife lived until his death in 1960.

His wife Annie Angel Edwards, a prominent business woman, designed and oversaw construction of the adjacent Edwards Apartments in 1940, which she managed for 46 years. Those apartments were later transformed into the Inn's 13 spacious guest rooms.

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Judge Edwards

The Edwards family moved to Bryson City in 1920, where Counselor Edwards began a 40 year law career, during the course of which he defended 88 first-degree murder cases without a single death-penalty conviction.

Before becoming a Judge, Counselor Edwards argued many cases before the Supreme Courts of both North Carolina and the United States

Guest Comments

The McKinley Edwards Inn was exactly what we were looking for our winter vacation! This is a beautiful place. The owners are attentive, very nice, and consistently present on the property. The inn is clean, quaint, quiet and family friendly. Great common areas oversee the beautiful town of Bryson City. They offer games, puzzles and coloring books to entertain children. Breakfast was excellent as well. Visitors are offered special discounted rates for future visits. I definitely recommend this stay to anyone!

McKinley Edwards Inn
208 Arlington Avenue
Bryson City, North Carolina 28713


McKinley Edwards Inn was formerly the Charleston Inn.
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