Governor’s daughter, son-in-law buy 250-acre N.C. mountain retreat

Gov. Bill Haslam’s daughter and her husband are buying “The Swag,” a 250-acre western North Carolina mountain inn and retreat currently owned by Haslam family friends, reports the News Sentinel.

David and Annie Haslam Colquitt will purchase the property from founders and longtime owners Dan and Deener Matthews…  Annie Haslam Colquitt is the daughter of Gov. Bill Haslam and granddaughter of Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam. David, an attorney, left his job as a Pilot Flying J executive last month.

Dan Matthews, a retired Episcopal clergyman, was rector of Knoxville’s St. John’s Cathedral from 1972 to 1980. Jim Haslam drove to The Swag to interview Matthews for the St. John’s position; the priest married Jim and Natalie Haslam. The Matthewses and Haslams are longtime friends.

…The Swag is a collections of cabins and log houses. Its 14 rooms and suites are decorated with antiques, regional art and handmade quilts. Most have a private balcony, wood-burning stone fireplace and steam showers. A purchase price wasn’t announced.

“Annie and I went there on our honeymoon seven years ago,” said David Colquitt, “and we realized what a special place it is.”

“We plan to be very present this season and in all future seasons,” he said. “We don’t want to change much at The Swag. We joke that we will change the sheets in that room or change the towels. At the end of day, it’s important to preserve the spirit, the sense of community of The Swag.”

“Our intention is to preserve what the Matthewses have built,” Annie Colquitt said. “The Swag has been a special place for my family for decades.”

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