Silver Creek Spotlight: Cashiers Historical Society

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Silver Creek Real Estate Group | Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010

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Climb the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Take a Step into the Past

Settlers to Western North Carolina first discovered the Cashiers area in the early 1800’s as they sought to set up homesteads upon the rich and rolling landscape.  Over the next century, as word spread of the natural beauty of the region and mild year-round climate courtesy of the high elevations, more and more people descended upon Cashiers Village and the surrounding province –defining it as a prestigious mountain resort community. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens felt it their duty to preserve and protect Cashiers long and colorful history – they held a kick-off fundraiser, formed an affiliation with a 501(c)3 organization – the Village Conservancy, and officially launched the Cashiers Historical Society. Their first vital act was to save a historic landmark – The Zachary-Tolbert House. Mordecai Zachary – son of one of the village’s founding fathers, Colonel John Zachary – first constructed the home in the mid-1800’s. By the mid-1990’s, the Society was approached by Robert Red “Bubba” Tolbert to help save the home – which had become a part of his family’s property.  Now, at nearly 160 years old, the home not only stands proudly at the center of Cashiers Village – it serves as a Museum and headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society.  A fine example of Greek Revival architectural style with the world’s largest collection of plain-style furniture crafted by one person in one location (all built by Mordecai Zachary), the Zachary-Tolbert House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is open  for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through October.  Normally, tours last approximately 45 minutes although the Historical Society encourages visitors to allow time to enjoy the surrounding grounds, adjacent meadows, nature trails, and scenic woodlands. Imagine what it was like to live here 150 years ago with no electricity, indoor plumbing or central heat. They invite you to bring your lunch or a snack and spend several hours at this historic, educational, and restorative landmark. There is no charge for guided tours, though a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, phone 828-743-7710. The House Museum is located at 1940 NC Highway 107 South, two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads.

Since its launch in 1996, the Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the most successful preservation, civic and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. With a membership of over 400 strong, members and the surrounding community are able to enjoy Cashiers proud heritage and a variety of activities throughout the year – many of which help raise funds to support continued efforts by the Society. This summer, the Cashiers Historical Society has several fun events planned and they invite YOU to be a part of them.

Cashiers Historical Society Spring/Summer 2010 Events

June 5, 12, & 19: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – The first three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning.
June 8: Heritage Weaving Demonstration: “Sheep to Shawl” with Debbie Bryant
June 10: Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy
June 10: Pinnacle Party
June 26: Music on the Grounds
July 3, 10 & 17: Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor – the last three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon – please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as mastering hand scrapers, sawing wood by hand and dovetail drawer joinery by hand.
July 23 & 24: Heritage Workshop: Blacksmithing with Matthew Shirey – a two-day workshop 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Bring a light lunch and any snacks, $195.00/person. Maximum 10 people per class. Students will spend two days learning the basics of blacksmithing.  Class time will be spent learning to draw a taper, flatten, bend, twist, scroll, and upset hot iron.  Students should each walk away with one or more small functional items such as hooks, spoons, forks, spatulas, bottle openers, etc.
July 27, Aug. 3 & 10: Heritage Workshop: Wildflower Painting with Kathie Wyatt Blozan – a series of one-day workshops in drawing and painting wildflowers in watercolor.
10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Students may attend one workshop or all. Please bring a lunch; $75 per person; all supplies will be provided. Maximum 15 people per class. What better way to get to know wildflowers than by drawing and painting them? Folks will draw on the grounds of the Zachary Tolbert House, & have access to shelter for painting their own sketches. Participants will produce one or more small finished paintings and will meet rain or shine.
August 20: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse Patron Party & Auction – The Clubhouse at Wade Hampton Golf Club
August 21-Sept. 5: Cashiers Designer ShowHouse – Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club on Highway 107 South. This very special annual event will include Showhouse Shops @ the Designer Showhouse, The Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds open for Daily Tours, a Merchants Tent @ the Zachary-Tolbert House and Lunch served daily. Showhouse hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays, 1:00-4:00. Tickets just $25, and may be purchased on-site! For more information on the Designer ShowHouse and the Patron Party, please call the Cashiers Historical Society at 828.743.7710 or e-mail your questions to  zacharytolbert@aol.com.
August 29: 102nd Zachary Reunion Sunday

For more information about The Cashiers Historical Society and to learn more about upcoming events, please visit them online at http://www.cashiershistoricalsociety.org/.

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