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Logan and Georganna Seamon met in college and got engaged in 2013 while living and working at Mountain Crossings.
vice, and also, a suggestion: "The
real world isn't all it's cracked up to
be. Why don't you come to work
for Mountain Crossings and decompress?"
Georganna was taken aback. The
job was seasonal and would buy the
couple some time to think. It was a
live-in gig, so lodging wouldn't be a
problem. And furthermore, they'd
be scraping out a living while on-
or at least alongside-the trail.
"But we have a dog . . ." she stammered, overwhelmed.
Porter laughed. "Heck, you can
bring him along too!"
In March of 2010, the Seamons began
at Porter's store. There, they found
the work engaging and rewarding-immersed in the thru-hiking
culture they loved. Their job was to
prepare others to experience it for
"It was the perfect gig," says Ge50 BlueRidgeCountry.com
organna. "At the end of the threemonth season, we decided to stay
on through the summer. Then that
ended, and we stayed on through
the winter. It went on like that for
probably another year or so before
we realized that this place had become our home."
By 2013, the couple had gotten engaged. Meanwhile, facing
marital problems and a subsequent
heap of financial woes, Porter had
hinted at thoughts of moving on.
But he was wary of leaving the
business he'd spent 13 years so lovingly stewarding.
"We offered to buy Mountain
Crossings in late 2013," Georganna says, "and, after giving it some
thought, he said yes. Winton was
really hesitant to sell, but he had a
lot going on. We wanted to carry
on the tradition, and he felt more
comfortable leaving the store in
the hands of 'family.'"
Since taking over, while staying
true to the history and personalized attention that has defined
the Mountain Crossings brand,
the Seamons have made some big
changes. They've created a topnotch retail website, fully renovated the building and hostel, and
have launched a campaign to foster
connections with the nearby community of Blairsville.
"It's been important for us to try
to branch out and create a national
identity, but also to emphasize our
deep connection to the land, trail,
and surrounding areas," says Georganna. "Logan and I got married on
the property; we've made a home
here. We want residents to think
of us as a neighbor and a resource.
Above all, we're striving to be good
stewards of the Mountain Crossings
brand and the amazing culture it
To learn more: mountaincrossings.com