Cashiers Historical Society


Established in 1996, The Cashiers Historical Society is dedicated to protecting the village identity of Cashiers through its Mission to preserve the heritage of Cashiers Valley through Education, Stewardship, and Advocacy.

  • Acceptance of the gift of the Zachary-Tolbert House from Tom and Wendy Dowden.
  • The restoration of the Zachary-Tolbert House.
  • The purchase of an additional 4 acres which now constitutes the Grounds.
  • The listing of the House to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
  • The restoration of the Tolbert Kitchen Dependency.
  • The building of the Dowden Pavilion, now housing the Jane Gibson Nardy Archives.
  • The creation of a self-guided Nature Trail throughout the 5.73 acres of the Grounds.
  • The purchase of additional land for needed parking 2011.
  • The purchase and modest renovation of the Old School House as Administrative Office.
  • Acceptance of the gift of Col. John’s Cabin from John M. Rivers, Jr.
  • The moving of Col. John’s Cabin to its new location on the Grounds of the Z-T House.
  • The beautification and on-going maintenance of all properties.
  • The interpretation of our museum site and collections at the Zachary-Tolbert House.
  • The Jan Wyatt Symposium – annual educational programs for life-long learners.
  • Founders Day – annual educational program for small beginning learners.
  • Heritage Apple Day – annual celebration of apples- from grafted root stocks to pies.
  • Empty Bowls – annual fundraiser benefiting Fishes and Loaves.
  • Heritage Club at the Z-T House on Wednesdays – a partnership with Summit Charter School.
  • The Young Docent Program – designed to train students and parents/granparents to docent.

Faces & Places: A provocative visual and oral history of the revered members of our community. Exhibitions are being planned for Fall, 2014. Phase I and II are complete and Phase III is under consideration.

Historic Sites: Phase I is complete with 49 documented sites within the 107s and HWY 64 corridor. The complete reference has been published in addition to a Heritage Trail Driving Map. Phase II is underway including homesteads and farms in outlying areas.

Mission Statement:

Preserving the heritage of Cashiers Valley through Education, Stewardship, and Advocacy.

The Cashiers Historical Society welcomes visitors and encourages participation in its activities to learn about past life in this beautiful valley and to leave with a better understanding of the Cashiers community.

Founded in 1996, The Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the strongest voices for preservation, civic, and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. Visitors and residents of all ages enjoy a wide variety of member sponsored seasonal activities at the Zachary-Tolbert House and Grounds related to a strong sense of the past and a proud community heritage.

Programs offered annually include Academic Symposiums, History Rambles, House Tours, Musical Performances, Founders Day, Community Preservation Initiatives, Oral Histories, Museum Collections and historical artifact projects, and the annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse ™. The Society presents an annual Village Heritage Award to an individual or business that has preserved an historic site vital to preserving the village character of Cashiers