The builders-innkeepers, Paul and Jean Cowell, left a busy corporate pace in Knoxville in 1994 and began development of this country estate. Paul was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Shop At Home, a TV home shopping network. He also founded and served as President and CEO of Book Warehouse, a ninety store discount book chain. Paul and Jean have been involved in Christian ministry for many years. They often travel to third world countries where Paul speaks at Christian businessmen seminars. Plans for Whitestone began in 1963. The Cowell’s years of travel, planning and dreaming has resulted in an exceptional resort facility.
Even though we had 34 years of anticipation, the reality of Whitestone is more satisfying and spiritually rewarding than we imagined. As the Cowell family has grown, so has the Whitestone family. We are so thankful for our great staff members who have been here through the years, our wonderful guests who return time after time, and our delightful grandchildren and their parents that we get to see every day.
We could never express our gratitude for the life and mission we have been given. And given is the correct word! We could never have arrived here without Divine Providence!
Paul & Jean