Built by Mordecai Zachary between 1842 & 1852 and virtually
unaltered, the Zachary-Tolbert House is one of the most important
historical buildings in Western North Carolina. It is a rare example
of vernacular Greek Revival architecture, a style that flourished in
the mid 1800′s, but is rare in the mountains. Hallmarks of the style
include a distinctive front facade with columns on the porch, side
windows, and transoms above the entrance door.
Through a combination of preservation and restoration the House is
today much as it was over 150 years ago; with no paint on its
interior walls, no electricity, no plumbing, and no central heat.
The House contains much of its original furniture, also crafted by
Zachary. It is recognized as the largest known collection of
Southern Plain Style Furniture crafted by one person in one place.
The Greek Revival architecture of the Zachary’s new home was
unusually elegant for Cashiers during this time and it is believed
that future Confederate general and South Carolina governor Wade
Hampton III provided the plans for the home – and may have helped
with purchasing the hardware and glass in exchange for boarding
during his visits to the area.
Distance: 1˝ hours from Asheville
Address: 1940 Highway 107, Cashiers, NC 28771
Hours: House: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday & Saturday, May-
Cashiers Historical Society, 1940 Highway South, Cashiers NC
Directions: From Asheville take NC 280 South to Brevard. Continue on through
Brevard on NC 64 to Cashiers.