This didn't make it into today's story about the wallpaper at The Carolina Inn, but it's a fun story so here goes:
The story goes Jacqueline Kennedy was so enamored of the handpainted Zuber wallpaper she tried to buy it off the Carolina Inn’s walls.
It was 1961. President Kennedy, a friend of then Gov. Terry Sanford, was speaking at UNC-Chapel Hill. The First Lady was redecorating.
“I heard crazy stories: Secret Service agents meeting in the chancellor’s office,” said Ken Zogry, author of “The University’s Living Room: A History of the Carolina Inn.”
Alas, the story is just that.
Kennedy wanted a full set on period paper from the 1800s. The Inn’s wallpaper was 20 years old and represented just four of the six original panels.
The First Lady eventually found her paper, Zogry says: in a plantation home in Maryland.