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Cashiers Designer Showhouse

by Ashley Stewart

The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is an absolute must-see event. July 24 through August 4, the 2019 Designer Showhouse will be an opportunity to step back in time and experience “A Day in the Country.”

Black Rock Preserve on Horse Cove Road is about midway between Cashiers and Highlands. In the early 20th century, the property was a flower farm for Cosper’s Flower Shop in Highlands. Cashiers Historical Society is honoring that past by creating a walk-through experience.

On opening night, come to the Horse Cove Social for a relaxed, elegant mountain evening. There will be fun and dancing, as well as a raffle Cake Walk with prizes that include gift certificates and trips. Ticket information is available at cashiershistoricalsociety.org.

As you park your car in the on-site parking area, the first thing you’ll see is a large cutting flower garden full of summer blossoms that would’ve been typically grown in the Cosper’s Farm. Just past the flower garden is an heirloom apple orchard. Past the orchard is the artist tent. Curated by Kat Ford at The Bascom, this collection of artists and artisans will be showcasing their work.

Beyond the tent is the Showhouse. The Showhouse will feature 16 designers, including Nashville-based Eric Ross and his wife Ruth Anne. But the Showhouse isn’t the end of the tour. Rest and relax in the wide, beautiful lawn filled with games, comfy chairs and hammocks. Then there’s the pasture that houses the homeowner’s prized Thoroughbreds and a flock of sheep. Your journey ends at the barn, where you will find the work of jewelers and other vendors.

Work your way back up to the front of the property or take a ride in one of the available golf carts. Tin cans and Mason jars will be available at the flower garden for you to take a piece of the Showhouse home with you.

There are many more activities that I don’t have room to talk about, and a couple that I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

And the Showhouse isn’t just for visitors. On the second Wednesday, local residents can visit the Showhouse for just $10 with a valid driver’s license. Showhouse and Social ticket prices and other details are available at cashiershistoricalsociety.org/showhouse.

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