Article and Photos by Waitsel Smith
I’ve talked about Lenoir before – a beautiful little town nestled in the foothills of North Carolina, the Gateway to the Smokey Mountains. Now I’d like to tell you about one of its residents, T. J. Stone.
T. J. Stone was a man who cared little for conventions and traditions if they interfered with his fanciful mind. He was born in 1874 in Thomasville, NC to Quakers. Little is known of his childhood, nor is it clear what drew T. J. to furniture; but in 1895, at the age of 21, he left for New York City to study carving – the same year that George Vanderbilt was finishing the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. We don’t know with whom he studied or for how long; but in 1899, he married Rosetta Triplet – making her Rosetta Stone! – and moved to Lenoir, NC. [click to continue…]