Cashiers, NC is off the beaten path – a casually sophisticated, western NC mountain village with intimate gated communities tucked amid the lands of the Nantahala National Forest and Panthertown Valley National Forest. This small village comes alive with activity during “the season” – which begins Memorial Day weekend and lasts through Labor Day weekend – when people from all over the southeast and beyond arrive to escape the summer heat and humidity.
Cashiers, NC has long been a perennial village – quietly going about everyday life, then bursting with activities mid-spring through early fall. Families from the southeastern United States have flocked to Cashiers, NC for decades, creating beloved summer vacation traditions that have passed down through the generations. Many of those summer visitors have become full time residents and are now introducing their own families to Cashiers, NC. And for good reason: Cashiers, NC is an outdoor recreation haven with family-friendly activities and cultural events which makes this area perfect for creating your own family traditions.
Cashiers, NC Area Attractions:
• Groovin’ on the Green Concerts – a free, family-friendly event held most Friday nights during summer http://visitcashiersvalley.com/groovin-on-the-green-2016/
• The Village Green and Village Commons – site of lots of activities as well as a children’s park, picnic grounds, sculpture, gardens, and nature walk http://www.villagegreencashiersnc.com/index.php
• Zachary-Tolbert House – one of the first buildings in Cashiers, NC now operated as a museum by the Cashiers Historical Society https://cashiershistoricalsociety.org
• Arts & Crafts Fairs – offered several times during the season http://www.cashiersrotary.org/events/arts-crafts-fair
• Dining Options – as upscale or as “down home” as you prefer
• Shopping Galore – locally owned boutiques with wonderful temptations
• Silver Run Falls – an easily accessible waterfall and swimming hole https://www.romanticasheville.com/silver_run_falls.htm
Cashiers, NC History:
The Highlands-Cashiers plateau, which includes Cashiers, NC was originally part of the Cherokee Nation’s hunting grounds. The area remained in Cherokee hands until 1819 when they were forcibly cleared from the land and white settlers began to move in.
In 1832, Colonel John A. Zachary, from Surry County, NC, and his son explored the plateau. The next year they returned and became the first homesteaders in the area. His son’s house – the Zachary-Tolbert House – was a wedding gift to his bride. It still stands today and is the pride of the Cashiers Historical Society.
Cashiers’ name is said to be derived from the gem mining trade that flourished here in the early 1900s. Miners were paid in cash for the gold and gemstones they found – hence the name Cashiers, as well as its pronunciation as “CASH-erz.”
Because of Cashiers’ location, it remained fairly isolated until the mid 20th century. The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps improved the roads through the area and built the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lake Glenville was created to supply electricity for the WWII war effort. The last part of the 20th century brought even more progress with the addition of numerous resorts and private clubs chock full of amenities, ultimately making Cashiers the premiere destination for generations of families and adventure seekers that we know today.