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Albany ... part I

 

(refer to pages 8, 9, 48, & 50 in On the Trail of the Last of the Mohicans)

The Bass Pond Bridge, Biltmore Estate & The Manor Inn, both in Asheville, Buncombe County

 

The Bass Pond Bridge was most probably readily identifiable to any viewer who had ever visited the Biltmore Estate. I hadn’t, and so it wasn’t. It didn’t take me long to figure this out, though ... my first contact with a member of the Biltmore staff, Suzanne McCullough, brought this response, "... the crew filmed at the Bass Pond Bridge, in the woods, and in a farm building that is not open to the public." Bingo! There is but one bridge in The Last of the Mohicans. The other two items wouldn’t be quite as easy to locate.

The Manor Inn is mentioned in the credits, simply as "The Manor," which caused just a tad of confusion. The same scout who pointed me towards the Sawyer Cove Tree Farm, confirmed this as the place. When I arrived on the grounds of the Manor Inn, I was amazed at how small the complex is. Seen in the movie as a bustling section of Albany, with a carriage moving hell-bent through the streets, it is really a cramped little space - in a bustling district of the city - in its own little world. Entering the lobby of the building, Webb’s HQs, I feel the scene come to life. Even without the set accouterments, even with the building facings seen in the movie removed, I still half-expected Magua to be lurking in the shadowy corners of the room.

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The Bass Pond bridge is freely accessible to visitors of the Biltmore Estate. The nearby Manor Inn can be accessed without permit. The lobby is often locked.

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