Carolyn Ritchey McCall grew up playing in woods and creeks. The child of an Army doctor, her family moved often but despite the changing landscape, her love of nature followed. Eventually landing in the Atlanta area she earned a degree in Fine Arts and began her career as an artist creating works of abstract landscape with various psychological overtones. She was exclusively represented for over a decade by the preeminent  Fay Gold Gallery.  


As her family grew and the family’s food and wine business expanded, she traveled the world exploring new terrain – carrying always a sense of awe and respect for the natural wonder of each destination. When she discovered Horse Cove in 1997 it captured her heart as arrestingly as had South Africa’s wine country. She acquired the old Norris farm and brought her family up from Atlanta on weekends.


As time progressed she identified neglected and subdivided properties in the area, and resolved to rescue them from the threat of development, working closely with the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust for the last 10 years to preserve over 100 acres of land. Carolyn resides in Horse Cove with her horses, and still works daily to preserve its unique beauty. The culmination and experience of life and landscape has brought her to the mountains of North Carolina, defending forests, creeks and open land.

we want to send a sincere thank you to Mrs. Carolyn McCall for opening her beautiful home and property to the Cashiers Historical Society 




1940 HWY 107 S

PO Box 104

Cashiers, NC 28717

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The Cashiers Historical Society is a 501c3 organization that honors and protects the historic past of North Carolina's Cashiers Valley. 

Through thoughtful educational platforms and the preservation of the Zachary-Tolbert House, Colonel John's Cabin, the dependency and the Hampton School, CHS is maintaining the legacy of a historic place and your support is vital for its future. 

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Volunteer support is always needed and sincerely appreciated. 

Your help will preserve this magical place  for future generations.