On December 1, 2016 James arrived at Chiles House to begin our new life in Asheville. After getting the keys, James was thrilled to find a fascinating reminder of the colorful past of Chiles House: the old servants bell call system. Although no longer operational, and of course, obsolete for many decades, it is a great example of how one item can capture the feeling of a time gone by.
There is a hole in the dining room floor that housed the button that could be tapped by the hostess to call the butler or maid.
James spent the first few days surveying the empty rooms to confirm furniture placement. The first load of furniture arrives on Sunday morning and then Chiles House will begin to feel like our home.