2 Dozen Years of Delight
As far as we can tell from here at the end of March, Cashiers Historical Society’s plans for a busy 2020 season remain in place. At this time, Zachary-Tolbert House will reopen in May.
Longevity and sustainability are two things that are often hard for non-profits to achieve, but Cashiers Historical Society is the very picture of success on both counts.
Now in their 24th year this non-profit grows and flourishes. In a nutshell their mission is dedicated to preserving the identity of Cashiers through recognition of its history in publications, awards and projects. In reality this organization blends the past and present seamlessly giving all a taste of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going, and how interconnected all are.
Twenty-four years is quite a milestone, but the activities and fundraisers that form their cornerstone are so successful that they are celebrating their own milestones this year. The premier fundraiser, the always eagerly anticipated and well attended, Cashiers Designer Showhouse, is in its 23rd year. Their Founders Day Celebration in May celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. The Village Heritage Award and the Jane Wyatt Symposiums are 16 years strong, and the fun and fact filled Heritage Apple Day is celebrating 13 years.
How do they do it? Education and Events Coordinator and Site Manager Sandi Rogers says it’s the hard working corps of volunteers and supporters whose investments of time, resources and creativity, keep it meaningful, fun and relevant.
The annual Calendar of Events offers something for people of all ages and interests which is what sets them apart.
Take, for example, their Jane Wyatt Symposium, held June 18-19 this year, which will feature “A National Milestone with a Mountain View-100 years of Women’s Suffrage in North Carolina.”
Follow that with Fundangle Sunday on June 28, a day of front porch family fun
It also doesn’t hurt that their campus includes the Zachary-Tolbert House, a historical and architectural treasure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Civil War Trails, and the lovely surrounding grounds, gardens, outbuildings and trails. This peaceful enclave invites one to step back in time and enjoy a respite from the daily grind.
This year we encourage you to see what it’s all about. Take a tour of the Zachary-Tolbert House and pick up a copy of their calendar of events. Keep it as your handy reference of the season’s activities. You’ll soon see that the enthusiasm of all involved in this treasure runs deep, and you’ll visit again and again.
by Mary Jane McCall