Mission Through Generosity

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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.

Your generosity and support have furthered our Mission through:

•   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 constitute 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 in 2011.
•   The purchase and modest renovation of the Old School House as Administrative Office.
•   Acceptance of the gift of the Crooked Corners from John M. Rivers, Jr.
•   The moving of the Crooked Corners to its new location on the Grounds of the Z-T House.
•   The beautification and on-going maintenance of all our properties.
•   The interpretation of our museum site and collections at the The Zachary-Tolbert House.

In addition, your generosity has significantly impacted the area community through the presentation of the following community programs:

•   The Jan Wyatt Symposium – annual educational program 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.
•   Music On the Grounds – classical music and picnics on site for the community.
•   Empty Bowls – annual fundraiser benefitting 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/grandparents to docent.

And, allowed us to complete the first phases of the following projects and move quickly into additional phases:

  • 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, including  homesteads and farms in outlying areas, begins Summer, 2013.



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