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William Gillette was a famous American stage actor and playwright. Following the death of his wife at age 28, Gillette was aboard a train, some thought seeking relief from depression over his loss, when the train was delayed for five hours in Tryon. He got off, walked about, and fell in love with the place. He later purchased 110 acres on Little Piney Mountain and lived there awhile to regain his health and vitality. Eventually he returned to his career. He is best known for taking one of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books and turning it into a stage play. He is also credited with capturing the persona of Holmes complete with deer slayer hat and curved pipe.