For more than 100 years, Gennett Lumber Co. has maintained a solid reputation for providing the finest hardwoods on the market. The company was founded in 1901 by brothers Andrew and Nat, who purchased a lumber mill on the banks of the Chattooga River in Georgia and South Carolina, along with a boundary of timber in some of the roughest terrain the South has to offer.
While there were abundant resources at the start of the 20th century, there were few regulations and extensive competition. The Gennetts’ business sense and knack for long-range planning saw them outwit countless competitors to build a thriving business that once consisted of 25 mills, a rail system and a town named Gennett in Tennessee.
The brothers also realized the importance of preserving old-growth forests long before such conservation was mainstream. They sold 36,000 acres of forest in Fanning, County, Georgia to the United States Government, giving birth to the United States Forest Service, and later sold the government the land that is today known as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest.
Gennett Lumber eventually came to be led by Andrew’s son, Andrew Jr., who passed the business along to his son and current company president, Philip. Today, our commitment to quality and service runs as deep as it always has. This industry courses through our veins. It’s what we love, and our expertise is unmatched in Western North Carolina.
Contact us today at (828) 253-3626 to speak with one of our team members about your next hardwood project, or visit our showroom and warehouse in Asheville’s historic River Arts District.
The Gennett Legacy
Andrew Gennett, co-founder of Gennett Lumber, wrote an autobiography that was published in 2002 as Sound Wormy: Memoir of Andrew Gennett, Lumberman. The book is filled with logging lore and portraits of people ranging from moonshiners to timber beasts to the highest officials of government. Environmental History called it “a fascinating book filled with amusing and sometimes touching anecdotes.”