Faces and Places – Phase Two

The Cashiers Historical Society invites you to continue the path of discovery into the history of Cashiers Valley with the completion of Phase II of Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley.

The success of Faces and Places of Cashiers Valley Phase I exceeded all expectations. Tim Barnwell’s exquisitely rendered photographs together with the personal memories and musings of his Cashiers’ subjects produced a deep and meaningful impact whenever and wherever they were seen. Sadly two of the subjects are now deceased, enhancing the preciousness of both the images and the stories.

Phase I was celebrated at the opening of the newly-renovated and preserved County Court House in Sylva, at the Mountain Heritage Museum of Western North Carolina, on the Cashiers Historical Society grounds for the Pinnacle Society, the Albert Carlton Cashiers Community Library, and now has residence in the renovated Tolbert Kitchen Dependency available for all who tour our grounds to see. Under the direction of the then director, Lydia Doyle and thanks to a grant from Wade Hampton Golf Club Fund, the exhibit also inspired photographs and stories by the school children of Summit School and Blue Ridge School, securing the ties to the past well into the future as Cashiers children learned to treasure and express their own sense of this special place.

Most importantly, the concept and the completion of the first step has inspired The Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC to undertake a similar project for the Highlands community. Thus our second phase will have the honor of being exhibited in the nationally acclaimed Bascom Center together with images and stories from our neighbor on the plateau.

Join us in meeting the people and listening to the stories of Cashiers. It is these stories from our small mountain community which make and made the history that shapes our ever-widening world.

Millie Lathan
Project Director