The first settlers came to Cashiers Valley in the early 1800s seeking fertile land to homestead. It was not long before the natural beauty and temperate climate began to lure the Southern gentry to the mountains for relief from the oppressive heat of the summer. Boarding with the local families, they spent summer weeks hunting, hiking, and fishing. 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 encourage people to stop, look, and listen. A sense of community is strengthened and an appreciation of the heritage of the Cashiers area is kept alive through seasonal activities such as Founders Day, Academic Symposiums, Oral Histories, Interpretive Exhibits, Historic Site Surveys, Traditional Craft Workshops & and Demonstrations, and History Rambles.
Between 1773 and 1778 William Bartram, a trained naturalist traveled through parts of southern North America, noting the characteristics of almost everything he encountered. Without a guide he entered the Cashiers area from “the vale of Keowee,” and traveled by horseback on “the trading path.” When he reached the high mountain valley he described it as an “inexpressibly magniﬁcent landscape, inﬁnitely varied.“