Dr. Lucius B. Morse purchased Chimney Rock, a 2,280-foot tall, 535 million-year-old monolith, in 1902. Although a stairway to the top had been in use for the previous seventeen years, it was wearing down. Lucas hired Guilford Nanney, a carpenter-builder, to build a new trail system. Before he was hired, Nanney had built houses. Several of his Queen Anne-style homes in Rutherford County are on the National Historic Register. Miles recounts his work at Chimney Rock.