The English Inn in Spruce Pine is one of the most important historic structures in the region. The original section of the structure was built in the 1700s and may have. It was later purchased by Isaac English who ran it as an inn and tavern in the mid- to late-1800s. He served as a surveyor and postmaster, and his wife Alice gave Spruce Pine its name in the late 1800s. English also was involved in early mining efforts in the region, partnering with Colonel J.M. Gere of Syracuse, NY to start the English Mica Company in the 1880s, which operated out of a section of the Inn. This was the first company to incorporate to conduct mining in the area. The third in our series of Christmas ornaments features a classic view of the Inn, which is located near the center of Spruce Pine.