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A Step Back in Time

by Mary Jane McCall



There’s no such thing as a Winter’s Slumber at the historic Zachary-Tolbert House.

December, the month when Mother Nature provides us with the quiet and welcoming embrace of near silence, offering a chance to step into her welcoming arms and escape the hustle and bustle of the season.

When you’re ready for a break from the clamor of the holiday season, the Cashiers Historical Society invites you to visit the Zachary-Tolbert House grounds for a step back in time and a welcome respite from the season’s busy pace.

Bring your children to Col. John’s Cabin on the grounds of the Zachary-Tolbert House for an afternoon of old fashioned fun. The event, sponsored by Cashiers Historical Society and held on Saturday, December 7, from 11:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., is a fun-filled couple of hours complete with Christmas crafts, hot chocolate and cookies for all. There is no charge but donations are welcomed and appreciated. Space is limited.

Throughout the month the grounds of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House are the perfect place to capture some great holiday pictures. Take a step back in time and carve a little quiet time for yourself here. The exterior of the Zachary-Tolbert House is decked in its holiday finest, as are the grounds, and the interior of Colonel John’s Cabin. There’s no admission charge to the grounds and permission is not needed so bring your camera and snap away. The grounds are open daily from dawn until dusk.

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of volunteers led by Sandi Rogers, the grounds become a true winter wonderland and provide the perfect backdrop for picture perfect photos and quiet contemplation. A visit here is sure to recharge your batteries so bring your family and friends, enjoy a quiet moment, and capture feelings and photos to last a lifetime.

This year CHS is also offering you a chance to purchase newly minted holiday note cards featuring original artwork of their buildings decked out for the holidays. What a great idea for personalizing your Christmas well wishes or thank yous. Cards are available for $3.50 each or the set of 3 for $9.

For more information please contact the Cashiers Historical Society at (828) 743-7710. They also have a Facebook page, so visit that as well.