Make a Difference
Help preserve our collective heritage through education, stewardship & advocacy.
Grounds are open daily, from sun up to sun down.
Trails are open to all.
Historical sites are open for tours from
11-3pm Friday & Saturday
Various groups and individuals had long collected historical information relevant to Cashiers, but prior to1996 there had never been an organized effort to preserve this history. In November of 1996, an organizational event was held at the Hanks House, and the enthusiasm convinced local historian Jane Nardy and others that their idea was here to stay. In December of 1996, the newly formedCashiers Historical Society (CHS) became an affiliate of the Village Conservancy, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting projects that preserved and enhanced the history and village character of Cashiers.
In late 1997, the first major project of CHS was born: the preservation of today’s Zachary-Tolbert House, an iconic nineteenth-century Mordecai Zachary House that now serves as a free public museum on the beautiful CHS grounds, which includes seven additional historical landmarks and trails and an heirloom garden honoring the history of our beloved Cashiers.
The activities of the Cashiers Historical Society encourage people to stop, look, and listen. A sense of community is strengthened and an appreciation of the Cashiers’ heritage is kept alive through seasonal activities such as Founders Day, Heritage Apple Day, academic symposiums, oral histories, interpretive exhibits, historic site surveys, traditional workshops and demonstrations, and history rambles. K-12 history education has evolved into a natural priority for CHS with a wide variety of hands-on educational programs taking place throughout the year. We serve hundreds of local students on an annual basis, including all the local schools as well as the homeschool community.
CHS’s mission is to preserve the heritage of the entire Cashiers Valley through stewardship, advocacy, and education. This mission continues with a generous 2018 gift from High Hampton, the historic Hampton Schoolhouse. The structure was successfully moved from High Hampton to the CHS campus in 2018 and our organization has just completed a comprehensive restoration of the building with the important purpose of offering a historic space for educational programming. We can’t wait for you to visit our campus and see our latest addition!
Special thanks to:
Jennings from Custom Homes, Ken Fisher, Sandi and Doug Rogers,
and Marcia and JohnMcCarley for bringing the schoolhouse to life!
Volunteering for CHS means making a difference in our community.
See all the ways you can get involved below.
As a member of the Cashiers Historical Society, you can participate in several children's educational events and activities. Our Education Chair is Sandi Rogers, and she is always planning something for the kids. If you are interested in helping her, please click the link to send her an email.
We are always in need of volunteers when we begin planning and executing Showhouse, which is our largest fundraiser. Showhouse also brings an abundance or business to our small town and benefits small businesses even beyond the crossroads. If you would like to be involved in the Showhouse, email us by clicking the link below. If you volunteer during the Showhouse, you are provided a free lunch and have the chance to see the house free of charge.
The Zachary-Tolbert House is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM during the season which is May through October. We are always in need of guides to tour people through the historic home. If you are interested in history and would enjoy telling the stories of our interesting area, please email us by clicking the link below! You can share the history of our community and and ensure it continues by teaching others.
Join a Committee
At Cashiers Historical Society, we have many committees that need your help, including Education, Showhouse, Fundraising, Volunteer Coordination, Village Heritage Award, and Buildings and Grounds. If you would like to participate in a committee, please click the link below to send us an email.