The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist


Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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    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.

Website: Zachary-Tolbert House
Cashiers NC
Distance: 1˝ hours from Asheville
Address: 1940 Highway 107, Cashiers, NC 28771
Telephone: 828-743-7710
Hours: House: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday & Saturday, May- October. Grounds: open daily
Fees: None
Resources: Cashiers Historical Society, 1940 Highway South, Cashiers NC 28717; 828-743-7710
Directions: From Asheville take NC 280 South to Brevard. Continue on through Brevard on NC 64 to Cashiers.








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