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About CHS

Cashiers Historical Society’s mission is to preserve the history and heritage of the Cashiers Valley through stewardship, advocacy, and education.

CHS Buildings Are Open

Friday & Saturday

11AM - 3PM

Mid-May through Mid-October or by appointment 

Campus Tours will take place every hour, 

on the hour, 11:00am - 2:00pm 

on Fridays & Saturdays or by appointment.


Cashiers Historical Society’s campus encompasses five+ acres and four historic buildings that tell the history of Cashiers from the 19th century to the present. Our campus includes Colonel John’s Cabin, the oldest standing residential structure in Jackson County, the the Zachary-Tolbert House (1850), a National Register of Historic Places designated site, the Hampton Schoolhouse, and the Dependency, a structure moved from a 20th-century logging camp in Whiteside Cove.

CHS Trails and Grounds are open year-round.

Open daily from dawn to dusk.

All dogs must be leashed, please.

Campus maps and trail maps are available at the Dowden Pavilion.


CHS grounds are open to visitors throughout the year. Our property features wooded walking trails that lead to points of interest, including the Tolbert and Zachary Springs, the Tolbert Rock, and an early privy.

Over recent years, ongoing archeological activity has uncovered pottery, square head nails, and Civil War-era coins. Experts and volunteers are seeking clues to determine the exact locations of long-gone outbuildings. 

The adjacent Dowden Pavilion houses the offices and facilities of the Cashiers Historical Society. With a modern catering kitchen and spacious, open breezeway, the pavilion is a popular choice for community and private events throughout the year. 

Our Location

1940 HWY 107 South, Cashiers, NC 28717

Over the years CHS has created several series of publications:


Historic Sites Survey I-III

Faces & Places Places of Cashiers Valley I-III

These were lovely crafted in the efforts to document a community that is grounded in its own special place and the particulars of this specific place that play a vital role in any story told. It was the intent of these works and exhibits to photograph historic properties in Cashiers Valley together with the stories of those people who've made these places significant in our community memory. Nationally recognized photographer Tim Barnwell made these tales come to life. It is his life work to document through images and oral history his love of Western North Carolina and the people who have been shaped by it. 

We invite you to share in this vision and hear the stories your community has to tell. 

Our Publications
CHS Presents the Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley Book

The wait is finally over for the much anticipated Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley book. This award winning work includes all four phases of the Faces and Places of Cashiers with a compiled history of the Cashiers Valley. With the help of talented photographer Tim Barnwell, the historic places and stories of the people who have called this great area home for many years are illustrated with exquisite detail

Books are priced at $80.25

(price includes sales tax).

To purchase a copy, please either call the office at 

828-743-7710 or email us at

or purchase at our office next to the Zachary-Tolbert House

Faces n Places
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