Blue Ridge Country - September/October 2018 - 21

COUNTRY ROADS

They Put a
Spell on This

Tryon, North
Carolina is
the site of
Nina Simone's
childhood
home.

Nina Simone's North Carolina
childhood home is protected.
The childhood home of the late singer and
activist Nina Simone, near Asheville, North
Carolina, had fallen into disrepair and
would likely have been demolished had
it not been for four New York City-based
creatives who saw the value of preserving
the jazz great's home.
Recently named a National Treasure, the
660-square-foot, clapboard house in Tryon,
North Carolina, will live on as, in the words
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a "symbol of Simone's early life and
legacy ... for generations to come."
Simone, born Eunice Waymon in Tryon
in 1933, was as known for her civil rights

activism as she was for the sultry voice that
produced haunting songs like "I Put a Spell
on You." A childhood piano prodigy, Simone was denied entrance to the prestigious
Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia-a
fact that she attributed to the racial discrimination she faced until she moved to France.
She died there in 2003.

Simone's childhood friends in Tryon
remember "the High Priestess of Soul" as
distant and not eager to reacquaint herself
with her past, despite her subsequent visits
to town. But now her family's tin-roofed
house has been preserved, as has this small
corner of the western North Carolina mountains' place in jazz history. -PAUL CLARK

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

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