Cashiers Historical Society
Founded in 1996, The Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the most successful preservation, civic, and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. Our members, volunteers, and visitors enjoy their proud community heritage and a variety of activities. We invite you to join us.
Zachary-Tolbert House Museum
Surviving over 150 years without electricity, indoor plumbing, or central heat, The Zachary-Tolbert House is a unique example of 19th century Greek Revival Architecture. Exhibiting the world’s largest collection of plain-style furniture crafted by one person in one location, it is a regional treasure that transports visitors into the historic and colorful past of Cashiers Valley.
The first white settlers came to Cashiers Valley in the early 1800s seeking land to homestead. Later, the natural beauty, and temperate climate lured Southern gentry, who visited the summer mountains and hunted, fished, and boarded with the local families. By the 1920s, Cashiers Valley was becoming one of the most prestigious and sought-after destinations in the Blue Ridge.
The activities of the Cashiers Historical Society remind folks to stop, look, & listen. Our sense of community is strengthened and our heritage is kept alive through activities such as Founders Day, Academic Symposiums, Oral Histories, Interpretive Exhibits, Historic Site Surveys, Traditional Workshops & Demonstrations, and History Rambles.
The Mission of the Cashiers Historical Society is to preserve the heritage of Cashiers Valley through Stewardship and Education.
Cashiers Historical Society
With the Zachary-Tolbert House Museum as its inspiration and supported by over 800 members, volunteers, board, staff, and visitors, the Cashiers Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the historical and cultural character of the community. This mission is accomplished through instruction, membership programs, and a variety of public initiatives and events. Examples include House Tours, Academic Symposiums, History Rambles, Musical Performances, Founders Day Celebrations, and our annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse. In addition, every year the Society presents a Village Heritage Award to an individual or business that has preserved a historic site vital to the village character of Cashiers. In 2011, the emphasis is on both education and preservation. Highlights feature Heritage Workshops & Demonstrations, a pro-active community Preservation Initiative, Oral Histories & Family Genealogy, and a variety of museum collection & historical artifact projects. Drop in; bring a lunch; perhaps stay for the day. Lush, native flora shades our four-acre Interpretive Nature Trail. Picnic tables and benches have been erected in secluded coves. Refreshing Cashiers sunshine floods the rambling Zachary Meadow. Come join us as we honor our past for the benefit of our future.