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The Village Heritage Award

by Mary Jane McCall

The Village Heritage Award, which recognizes those buildings that maintain Cashiers’ authentic “Old Village” image, will be awarded at a ceremony at Camp Merrie Wood on October 11.

Cashiers Historical Society’s mission is preserving the heritage of Cashiers Valley through education, stewardship and advocacy. The society strives to recognize Cashiers’ history through publications, awards, events and projects.

One such award is the Village Heritage Award which has been given annually since 2003 to a building, old or new, which has been built or repurposed in keeping with the “Old Village” feel of Cashiers.

Area residents nominate new or newly-remodeled businesses whose architecture enhances the village feel of Cashiers, or individuals who have worked diligently to preserve our history and authenticity.

Additionally, according to the Historical Society’s guidelines, the nominated business or individual must contribute to the vitality of the community, and/or be of service to the community. Additional criteria for buildings which must be met include attractive landscaping with native materials, moderate lighting to enhance the night sky visibility and the property must be situated within the boundaries specified by the Historical Society.

Past winners include Dovecote Porch & Garden, Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, Cornucopia Restaurant, Cashiers Community Center, Village Green, Laurelwood Mountain Inn, Alexander’s Gardens, the Van Epp House, Zonnie Sheik Cottage, The Old Cashiers Post Office,

Fiddlehead Designs, Mountain Laurel Shoppes, Grace Anglican Church, and Tommy’s Coffee Shop.

Committee members John Barrow, Jane Nardy, and Carol Bryson have been hard at work reviewing this year’s nominees, and the winner will be announced on October 11 at The Preservation Award Ceremony at Camp Merrie-Wood. Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of The Jane Nardy Archival Award. It’s also an evening to honor the countless volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of the CHS.

For more information, cashiershistoricalsociety.org or stop by and visit them at their business office located in the Dowden Pavilion at the Zachary-Tolbert grounds at 1940 Highway 107 South. You may also call them at (828) 743-7710.

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