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Highlands Reminisces

A crinkled, black-and-white shot of five boys and two girls – all barefoot – with the caption “The No Shoe Gang.”   A smiling group beside a snow-stuck car, circa 1965.   High school diplomas, newspaper clippings, and wedding photos.  All this and more is featured on a brand new local Facebook site developed during the early days of the COVID-19 quarantine.  Old …

Help Preserve Cashiers’ History

As with everyone else in the country right now, Cashiers Historical Society is reviewing their full calendar of seasonal events and fundraisers to accommodate the disruptions caused by COVID-19.  At the time of publication, plans were to open the Zachary-Tolbert House, Col. John’s Cabin, Dependency, Schoolhouse and the brand new Little Free Library on May 22. They encourage everyone to …

Census & Genealogy Partnership

During my 30 year career as a certified professional genealogist, one of the most helpful tools I used was the United States Population Census Schedule.  Starting with the year 1790, our federal government has conducted, every 10 years, a count of all the people living in our country. From 1790 to 1840, the only name shown was the name of …


Highlands’ First Families

Highlands graduated from a tiny settlement to a town in the early 1880s.  From 1881-83 the midwest and northeast contributed many of Highlands’ first families, among them: Illinois’s H.M. Bascom (served thrice as Mayor); Connecticut’s William B. Cleaveland (who left an impressive rock and Native American relic collection, which contributed to the founding of the Highlands Museum and Biological Station); …

Don’t Worry, BEE Happy

June is a great time to be outdoors in any year, but especially this year as people have ventured outside their homes more, and quite possibly reviewing their home’s landscape in a new way. Your yard can become a hotspot in the best term of the word, a virtual tourist destination for bees and other pollinators. You should include three …

Lindenwood’s Biodiversity

Nestled just a few blocks from downtown is the Highlands Botanical Garden, with almost two miles of trails on 12 acres that include a lush forested area and Lindenwood Lake.  The Garden is part of the Highlands Biological Station’s 24- acres and makes a great afternoon stroll. The trail begins at the Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, to the …


Be a Virtual Fan

This season at the Highlands Biological Station has been unusual to say the least.  This is the time when our campus comes alive with Botanical Garden blooms, visitors, researchers, and Nature Center campers from all over. This year, however, it’s been quiet. We spent the winter and early spring planning our annual nature camps, courses, events, and lectures for the …

Waterfoul Royalty

This bird is startlingly beautiful. On first seeing the Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) most people do a double-take: “What is that!”  What indeed.  Also known as the Carolina Duck, this is a “perching duck” with sharp claws for grasping tree branches. Yes, it can be seen perching in a tree like a sparrow.  The real surprise, however, is its arresting …

Our Brand is Beauty

Ask people who live here on the Plateau what they like most about living among the mountains and forests and before long the word ‘beauty’ gets uttered. That same beauty of place is what lures vacationers and seasonal residents here and back again, year after year. We all have seen awe play on the animated faces of “first timers” who …


Gifts Galore & Even More

Main Street Gifts, located at 366 Main Street, may be the new kid on the block, but this kid is here to make your shopping a pleasure.   Owners Dan and Suzanne Young know a thing or two about Highlands, and their love of the area is apparent. Dan’s family owns Wit’s End, a Highlands fixture which was opened by …

Start Your Summer With Shopping

When life returns to normal, summer is upon us, and the world is opening up a bit, we’ll all be ready to get back out, do a little shopping and support our small, locally-owned businesses that add so much to the fabric and fun of life here in Highlands.      Shopping Highlands’ Main Street is a given, but also …

The Pie’s The Limit

The first time I met Mary Adair Trumbly, I was immediately drawn to her radiant self-presentation, eyeing her tulle skirt across the grocery aisles.  It was clear then that the items in her wardrobe would reveal her story, as it did: Director of the Performing Arts Center, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and board member of the Highlands Food …