Jarrett House Blues

New signage at The Jarrett House

New signage at The Jarrett House

The Jarrett House is a landmark in Dillsboro featuring family-style country cooking in a friendly atmosphere. Mary Hartbarger says that their one rule is “You can’t leave hungry”. They make sure of this by offering endless sides including corn, stewed apples, green beans, pickled beets and hot biscuits with honey.

Established in 1884, the Jarrett House continues the tradition of providing great food and service to its clientele.

The popular bluegrass group, Balsam Mountain Range wrote a song titled the “Jarrett House Blues”, released on the album “Songs From Jackson County” in May 2010. The album features songs about local landmarks and historical events in Jackson County such as “Jarrett House Blues” and “Judaculla Rock”. The album won the N.C. Society of Historians’ Paul Green Multimedia Award.

The lyrics in “Jarrett House Blues” sing the praises of the Jarrett House’s country cooking and ample portions.

The Jarrett House has a rich history in Jackson County. The Jarrett House was first built and

opened by William Dills back in 1884, and was then known as The Mount Beulah Hotel. Frank

"Songs From Jackson County" CD Cover

“Songs From Jackson County” CD Cover

Jarrett purchased the hotel in 1894 and the name was changed to the Jarrett Springs Hotel. The name was an attempt to capitalize on the sulfur springs located behind the inn that were believed to have therapeutic properties. However, the ham, biscuits, gravy and fresh vegetables that were being served by Frank’s wife quickly became the center of attention.

The Jarrett House is currently owned by the Hartbarger family, who have been in control since 1975. It is one of the oldest and most popular places to dine in Western North Carolina and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984.

The Jarrett House is located in the heart of Historic Dillsboro on 518 Haywood Road and serves lunch from 11:30-2:30 and dinner from 4:30-7:30. To book a reservation or to learn more about the Jarrett House, email j.house@morrisbb.net or call 828-586-0265.

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