Blue Heron Point homesites, some of the most spectacular in the area, became available through the generosity of Martha Jane Powers, a lifelong resident of Lake Lure and at one time, the largest single land owner in the area. Ms. Powers was the daughter of Lee L. Powers, who moved to Lake Lure during the Great Depression to liquidate foreclosed property for the US Fidelity and Guaranty Company. Mr. Powers remained in Lake Lure until his passing in 1993, and perhaps more than any other individual, helped the Town of Lake Lure and the area of Rutherford County flourish and prosper.
Martha Jane, or MJ as she was known around town, owned and operated the famed Bottomless Pools and was active in the community, hosting the annual Children’s Christmas Party for many years. She passed away in 2005 leaving the bulk of her estate, including the property at Blue Heron Point, to the Isothermal Community College in nearby Spindale. MJ’s instructions were for the College to use the proceeds from the sale of Blue Heron to establish the Lee L. Powers Scholarship Fund in honor of her father, who served on the first Board of Trustees for the College and was instrumental in its formation.
The Powers Scholarship Program provides educational assistance to residents of Rutherford and Polk Counties through two programs: the Powers Merit Scholarship and the Powers Service Scholarship. This act of generosity is believed to be the largest single gift to a Community College in the State of North Carolina.