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MEMBER MONDAY: MOUNTAIN STREAM RV PARK mcdowellchamber.com BY TINA M. WOLFE BUILDING ON A LEGACY DEEP ROOTS What is it about a place that gives us a sense In a providential turn of events, Jim, Tyler, of belonging? Is it because we were born there? and Austin who had been looking for land to “One thing I’ve learned,” said Jim. “You’ve got ’ important.” Making sure campers have what they need and want is important, he adds. “It’s all Is it because we hold deep ancestral roots or build and run a campground learned about the about the experience. Camping has always been even that its beauty and sense of simplicity opportunity to purchase the Mountain Stream a part of family life, to have a good ice cream selection, that s RV Park. speaks to our nature? “The boys had been looking to find land to build a campground and none had ’ For Jim Gibson and his family, it s all of the worked out, above. Although born in Charlotte, Gibson can be. ” ” said Jim. “This was just meant to ’ ” The whole crew take great pride in providing generations. He along with his sons-in-law The three worked closely with the owner, Gena people of all ages the opportunity to step out of Tyler Mace and Austin Brooks purchased the Middleton, who had just lost her husband. A their daily routine, experience the sounds of the Mountain Stream RV Park in December 2019 month before even purchasing the campground stream, the smell of the trees, and create that is located on land his family bear hunted they volunteered helping her with the day to relational moments that have lasting impact. generations ago. day operations and even after the purchase she The camp itself sits on 9 acres of flat land ’ lived there while looking for a place down in surrounded by forest and vibrant Buck s Creek. Florida. Shaped in a U formation, nearly every campsite scribbling down names and drawing arrows to “She is just a really sweet lady and was so wonderful to work with,” Jim said. “She wasn’t experienced in the day-to-day gathering pavilion with big-screen TVs, a cozy follow the evolution of what is today, a operations so coming up and helping her also new friends and sharing stories. There is a full allowed me to learn about the campgrounds bathhouse that is meticulously clean and stocked, has creek-side frontage. A large covered of regular trips to visit both his Gibson and Westmoreland grandparents. As he detailed his 828.652.4240 places and the memories and bonding you create are what s valuable. trace his McDowell roots back three During our interview, he fondly shared stories family tree, I feebly attempted to keep up, McDowell Family legacy. and get to know her. ” He even made sure to Tales of bear hunting, business building, check up on her in her Florida home after the community service, and even dairy farming recent storm. fireplace, and picnic tables allow for community cookouts on special occasions or just for meeting and each campsite offers full hook-ups, a firepit, and a picnic table. were shared with genuine respect and pride in The Yurts are perfect for couples wanting a the ethics, vigor, and enthusiasm with which his There were very few changes made as the romantic getaway in the mountains family contributed to the life and growth of Middletons had taken exceptionally good care upscale tent camping or glamping! Each one has McDowell County. His maternal grandfather, of the campground and even added three Yurt custom cut live edge wood counters in the baths cabins. Putting a focus on family, Tyler and and kitchens, a queen-size bed, a seating area, and a full bath. The camp store also has history in McDowell dates back even further to —being young husbands and fathers themselves—built anplayground located next a Glenwood dairy farm from 1912. The Gibson- to the dog park. They were able to open on more. Sheila is happy to help guests plan an Westmoreland line connects to the Gibbs of May 7, 2020, from the COVID closure and Sig Westmoreland, started Westmoreland ’ Funeral Home in 1932 and the Westmoreland s McDowell Chamber of Commerce ” he said. “I have the best memories of camping out in Tennessee and other Pleasant Gardens through the marriage of Sig ’ Austin have been full ever since, Jim said. “There are Westmoreland and Delia Gibbs. Delia s new people but there also many that have been brother Bill owned the famed Lake Tahoma coming here for years, ” he added. brochures of area attractions, restaurants, and outing for the day and share all the wonderful amenities within a few miles. Mountain Stream RV Park is known for its cleanliness, welcoming atmosphere, and pristine Steakhouse and introduced McDowell to the “buffet” concept as well as Bear Supper that drew 200 to 300 people according to Bill’s son —Think This family-fun, family-run campground has setting. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a short drive Jim running the day-to-day operations, while up U.S. Hwy. 80, Linville Caverns, and the Tyler manages Westmoreland Funeral Home Orchard at Altapass are just a few of the start of U.S. Hwy. 80 remain in the Gibbs during the week and Austin works for Ben treasures of our county close by. family. Bill owned 1,500 acres of land between Patton Land Surveying. Both pitch in on the Montreat and the Parkway where he led bear weekends to keep things running smoothly and Pete Gibbs. Many of the homesteads along the hunting expeditions with guaranteed success, Gibson said. “People would come from all over ’ making sure it s clean and disinfected for legacy of entrepreneurship and community guests. service. to participate and he would serve it at the restaurant. ” With the purchase of the campground, Jim and his family are able to continue his ancestral ’ Jim s sister- and brother-in-law, Sheila and Mike Kilpatrick work at the campground as ’ Archived on McdowellHistory.com, the well. Sheila s smiling face greets campers at popularity and draw of the Lake Tahoma Steak check-in and mans the onsite camp store filled House and rock cabins that Bill built across the with everything you forgot you needed! Mike street drew locals, tourists, and young is an incredibly talented furniture maker and honeymooners to our mountains for decades. handyman and brings his skill set to keep things in good repair. If you have family coming or want to get away yourself, give Sheila a call at 828.724.9013 or visit their website at mountainstreamrvpark.com.