The name of Mentone was selected after reading an account of Queen Victoria's visit to a place called Mentone in France describing its meaning as "musical mountain spring." While natural cascades and rippling streams create a melody all their own, it's the sound of church chimes and harmonizing homefolk that draw the most interest today.
As a special place, Mentone qualifies naturally! It simply has everything good you'd expect to find in a mountain environment -- clean streams; lush fragrant flora; unobstructed vistas; cool temperatures; and a certain peacefulness so hard to find nowadays. The air here is clear and crisp. There are no flashing neon signs -- no shopping malls -- no traffic jams. There's almost nothing to remind you of the city. Streets (more like lanes) are narrow and twisting paths of little resistance, with cottages tucked here and there. As the poet has said...
Mentone, a place the Great God built, Up near the sunlit sky, There life is new and friends are true And days too quickly fly; Where wearied souls regain their power And sorrows leave in the night. Where peace is born with each new morn, A haven of joy and delight.
- Sidney Lanier Gibson