A Historical Winter’s Visit: Cashiers Historical Society
Exploring the grounds of the Zachary-Tolbert House offers a glimpse into the lives and fortunes of the people who lived there.
The winter season is an interesting time to visit the grounds at Cashiers Historical Society.
Tucked away along highway 107 South one passes by the house that Mordecai Zachary built in the 1840s-1850s and the grounds. And this time of year, visitors have a completely different view of the grounds and buildings. Stopping by in the winter gives visitors an opportunity to explore a little bit of life during the middle 1800s in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Cashiers.
Visitors are invited to take a peek inside the four historic structures. They may especially enjoy visiting Col. John’s Cabin in all its Christmas glory. As always, any time from sun up to sun down, they can explore the trails and visit some of the sites along the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust Nature Trail.
There are the two springs – Zachary and the Tolbert, both a source of water for the Zachary-Tolbert House. The Tolbert Rock is a large outcropping of granite that has been exposed for several hundred years. On the rock is the inscription “W. R. Tolbert 1919.” This was Walter Red, a prohibition agent who was ambushed and killed by moonshiners in north Georgia in 1928.
Also there is the stump of a Canada Hemlock tree that fell in a storm in 2008. The tree was nearly 320 years old and almost four feet in diameter.
Another stop along the trial is the outhouse. Since the house did not have indoor plumbing, the outhouse or privy was the family’s outdoor bathroom and their garbage dump.
There are other points of interest along the trail that any of the visitors would enjoy exploring.
Visitors are encouraged to call the office if they would like to schedule a special tour or learn more about the 2021 schedule. Cashiers Historical Society is located at 1940 Highway 107 South.