Blog :: 01-2011

February 2011 Plateau Pursuits

Love is in the air and its contagious! Each year, a whole new round of couples and families discover our special little corner of the world on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau and fall in love. Some feel a kinship to the people and places along the region that calls them back year-after-year, others are struck by a deep-seated passion that entices them to lay down roots here with a year-round or seasonal home of their own. We invite you to come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and visit the quaint towns and villages of Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville, and Lake Toxaway. Discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with the area for nearly two centuries but consider yourself warned. You, too, might just fall in love! In the likelihood that it happens, you might want to keep our number so we can begin the search for the mountain property of your dreams.

While youre in town, we welcome you tostop by Silver Creek Real Estate Groups offices located at the Shoppes at CreekSide. Otherwise, please feel free to call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a>, e-mail us at, or fill out our convenient online contact form and one of our talented brokers will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs and fondest wishes. In the meantime, here are a handful of wonderful events on and around the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau one of them might provide you with the perfect excuse to pay us a visit:

February 1-28:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginners/intermediate skiers and a main run of 1,600 feet in length featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500 foot run.

Hours**: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-6pm Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Ski's & Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot Rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. ** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

February 4-6:Gametime for the Girls at the Old Edwards Inn in historic Highlands Grab a bunch of girlfriends and head to the mountains of Western North Carolina for this fun Anti-Super Bowl Weekend that includes pajama party complete with popcorn, games and chick flicks. Two night minimum stay to take part in the activities. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 6, 13, 20 & 27:Headwaters Outfitters to host Fly Fishing Clinics each Sunday in February. Students will learn the basics of executing a roll cast, sidearm cast, overhead cast and bow-and-arrow cast, using 4- and 5-weight fly rods and reels provided by Headwaters. Waders and boots will be provided as well. Classes will take place on the banks of the North Fork of the French Broad River, adjacent to Headwaters Outfitters Fly Shop at the intersection of Hwy. 215 and Hwy. 64, 20 miles east of Highlands. Reservations are required. You can reserve a spot in the casting clinic by calling (828) 877-3106. $30.00 per person activity fee.

February 8-10:Executive and Entrepreneur Coach, Susie DeVille Schiffli hosts her Thinking with a Whole New Mind workshop at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 10 & 24:Old Edwards Inn welcomes you to join them for their popular Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar event Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. Hummingbird, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the Wine Cellar. Cost: $180 Author TBD. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-14:Bring the one you love to the Highlands hotel who was voted winner of the Travelers Choice Award for 2010 and named Conde Nast Travelers #1 Hotel Spa in North America in 2010 the historic Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC this Valentines Day Weekend. Special romantic dinners served nightly at Madisons Restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Stop by the front desk to pick up a romantic movie and popcorn to enjoy in the privacy of your own luxury room. Guests can also arrange to have flowers, champagne, cheese trays, beautiful handmade chocolate arrangements or other surprises waiting for their sweetheart when they enter their room or suite. Two-night minimum (Friday and Saturday) with a special add on rate at $150. Live music in Hummingbird 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 11-13:Whisk the one you love away for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina to enjoy a very special Valentines Package at the Half Mile Inn Farm. Saturday evening includes the Farms annual Valentines Day dinner 5 courses, each perfectly paired with an exquisite wine. Packages include a hot country gourmet breakfast each morning, wine and hors doeurves each evening, 5-course wine dinner Saturday night, champagne and chocolate turn-down service. Call today as seating is limited to the first 11 couples. 800-946-6822.

February 12:Martin Lipscomb Performing Center in Highlands to host the juggling and fire-eating Moldavian trio, Thimblerig Circus. More Details to come soon!

February 18-19:Cheer on your favorite school during Highlands Jeopardy at Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center! Cost is just $35 per person, which includes ticket for Friday mixer and dance, and Saturday Highlands Jeopardy (includes one drink). The Alumni of University of Georgia and Georgia Tech go head to head for bragging rights in this inaugural Jeopardy-inspired competition. Competition begins at 3 p.m. Join the winning team for celebratory dinners hosted at two of Highlands finest restaurants. For more information, call 828-526-9047.

February 19:4th Annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race thats right, we said Outhouse Race. This fun annual event benefits the Tamassee DAR School Ski scholarship, and features four ways to participate- build your own outhouse, rent an existing outhouse, sponsor an outhouse (GREAT FOR BUSINESSES) or volunteer for a race team. Of course, everyone is welcome to come cheer the teams on! Hosted at the Sapphire Ski Slopes in Sapphire Valley Resort from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 828- 743-7100.

February 19:Fly Fishing Guide Mac Marett of Headwaters Outfitters will demonstrate how to tie a muskie size Double Bunny Leech during this free fly-tying clinic in Rosman on Saturday 2-5 p.m. Bring your own vise and tie along with Mac - or just come, drink some freshly brewed Brown Bean coffee and watch. All materials necessary to tie these patterns will be available for sale. To register, please call (828) 877-3106.

February 21-23:The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands hosts the Comfort Living Spa Retreat featuring Christine Eisner of Lifestyle Design. Learn how to lead a more balanced and meaningful life by transforming your surroundings. Christine will help you translate your inner priorities to enrich your home or work environment. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 24-27: Highlands-Cashiers Players preset You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running by Robert Anderson at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Evening Performances begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 pm. Seats are just $20.00/person. For more information or to reserve your seats, call 828-526-8084.

February 25-27:The Inn at Half Mile Farm hosts Winterscapes - Picture Perfect Weekend featuring special guest, award-winning photographer Joseph Aczel. This photography workshop is perfect for beginners to advanced photographers and kicks off Friday 5:30 p.m. with wine, hors d'oeuvres and supper. Evening an opportunity for photographers to meet Mr. Aczel and get acquainted with one another. Saturday class is from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm and includes lunch. Sunday morning, photographers will gather for a sunrise photo shoot and breakfast. Cost is $175.00 per person. Space is limited and advanced reservations are required. Call 800-946-6822 for more information.

February 25-27:Writers pack your pencils and head to the Old Edwards Inn for a very special Literary Writers Workshop Weekend. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

February 26:Rekindle an old Highlands Tradition! Helen's Barn Dances provides a community gathering for full-time residents and visitors alike at The Bascoms Winter Dance. Februarys Winter Dance celebrates the Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs that serve the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Admission is just $5/person and the dance lasts from 7 to 10:00 pm.

Silver Creek Real Estate Group Represents Buyer of Restored Historic Joe Webb Cabin

Home Sweet Historic Home

A true testament to the rich Appalachian culture that is synonymous with life in the mountains of Western North Carolina, a charming series of close to 30 historic log cabins can be found throughout the Highlands area. Masterfully constructed by builder Joe Webb during the 1920s and 1930s without the use of power tools or architectural plans, each structure is entirely unique and built to withstand the test of time.

Dan Allen, one of the experienced brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, was delighted to represent the buyer during the recent sale of one of the original Joe Webb cabins that had been lovingly restored to its original glory. Originally built circa 1931, the cabins new owners will enjoy the timelessness of soaring cathedral ceilings and sunsets over Mirror Lake, as well as all the modern conveniences of an updated gourmet kitchen, baseboard heating system, ceiling fans, and 50-year life wood shingle roof. Surrounded by nearly .75 acres of breathtaking natural beauty, the main home features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and a guest house supplies an additional bedroom and bath. This historic home wasoffered at $1.45 million.

Silver Creek would like to congratulate and welcome this newest homeowner to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. Whether buying or selling a home in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway, if you would like to join the ever-growing list of happy Silver Creek Real Estate Group clients we invite you to contact us TODAY! Our talented team of real estate professionals is eager to meet you and learn how best we can serve you and your family. We welcome your calls at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a> or your emails to We also encourage you to fill out our convenient online contact form or drop by our offices, located at the heart of Cashiers Village in the Shoppes at CreekSide.

Vacation Along the Highlands Heritage Trail

Plan a Walk Through Time in This Charming Western North Carolina Town

With more than 60 structures in and around Highlands listed on the National Register of Historic Places, its easy to see that this is a place as rich in history as it is in beauty.

Founded in 1875 by Kansas developers, Samuel Truman Kelsey and Clinton Carter Hutchinson Highlands did not live up to original expectations. Legend has it the two men drew lines on a map from Chicago to Savannah and from New Orleans to New York, in the hopes that the area where the lines intersected would become a commercial crossroads and major trading center in the South. What the two did not realize was the rough terrain soaring to over 4,000 feet above sea level was impassable for early steam engines and intimidating for heavily loaded mule- and horse-drawn carriages. Awe-struck by the beauty of the region, the two purchased 839 acres and their dream evolved to the development of a health and summer resort which quickly grew in popularity with wealthy planters from coastal South Carolina and Atlanta as they sought to escape the oppressive heat of the lower elevations during the summer months.

Committed to preserving their colorful past, The Highlands Historical Society in conjunction with the Highlands Chamber of Commerce have detailed a walking tour of the area much of which is located in the historic downtown district. They have dubbed the tour The Highlands Heritage Trail and they invite you to plan a walk through time during your next visit to this charming Western North Carolina town.

The Highlands Heritage Trail:

1.Partridge-Rice Home (circa 1883) This 1-story frame house with multi-gable roof was the original home of Highlands miller William Partridge and wife Eliza. The family of town butcher Luke Rice also lived in this house from 1909-68. Today, it is home to the Highlands Chamber of Commerce.

2.Boynton-Norton Home (circa 1881) This 2-story multi-gabled frame residence was built by Capt. Charles Boynton. It was converted to a boarding house, called the Crisp House in 1924. It continued to serve as a boarding house for the next 7 decades before becoming the Main Street Inn in 1998.

3.Hick's Building (circa 1927) Orignally built to house Jim Hick's barber shop, this building was also home to the first restaurant in town, Elinor Cleaveland's Highlands Grille.

4.Rice and Thompson Building (circa 1928) Home to Irvin Rices Meat Market and Grocery, brother Luke ran his butchery in the rear. In the late 20s, hamburger at Rices Meat Market sold for 10 a pound and a round steak could be purchased for a quarter. It has also served as a tea room, a hat and dress shop, and a caf and drug store. Current resident, Wit's End has sold ladies' and children's clothing here since 1940.

5.Potts Livery Stable and Grocery (circa 1902, 1926) In the early 1900s, Billy Potts was well-known for his fast horses and fast deliveries. Frank and Roy Potts later established Potts Brothers grocery in its place, which served Highlands for the next 30 years.

6.Cleaveland's Grocery site (circa 1885, 1920) This gabled grocery was built by Highlands pioneer W. B. Cleaveland. It later became a general store that thrived for over 30 years. Today it houses Ann Jacob Gallery.

7.Bascom-Marett Store site (circa 1883) One of the earliest businesses in Highlands was the hardware store, built by H. M. Bascom that lasted over 40 years. George Marett took over in 1925 under the name Highlands Hardware for 13 more years. Marett expanded the building to include a 2-story plain square-frame grocery. In 1940, the original building was moved on logs across 4th Street, and in 1956 Marett's building was moved to 3rd Street both represented on the Highlands Heritage Trail.

8.First School site (circa 1878) Built of white pine planks, the first Highlands School served the town for 40 years where the Town Hall exists today. Its bell still rings in the millennium clock tower above. The single story building housed the famed Highlands Academy and the beginning of today's Hudson Library.

9.Second School site (circa 1918) Where the ABC store now stands, the brown-shingle two-story building that served as the second Highlands School stood for over 30. It was known as the Town Clock School on Knowledge Hill.

10.House-Trapier-Wright (Prince) House (circa 1877) The oldest existing house in Highlands is a frame house with multi-gable roof built by Arthur House near his sawmill. It was bought by Frank Wright in 1913 and became known as the Prince house, when Frank's sister Lizzie married a Prince. It has housed the Highlands Historical Society since 2000.

11.Old Hudson Library building (circa 1915) Designed by the director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Huger Elliott and built by local contractor Walter Reese, the library served the people of Highlands for almost 70 years. Gertrude and Dolly Harbison were its librarians for 50 of those years. Seven years after a new Hudson Library had been constructed, the old Hudson Library building was moved to join the Historic Village to house the Highlands Historical Museum and Archives in 2002.

12.Bug Hill (circa 1908-18) Dr. Mary Lapham, a pioneer of the Swiss cure of tuberculosis, established a Sanatorium in Highlands, known locally as Bug Hill. Many TB patients, who came to Highlands to die, lived instead long productive lives because of Dr. Lapham's prescription of fresh mountain air and sunshine. After the Sanatorium was destroyed by fire in 1918, its 60 open-air cottages were removed. The Highlands Recreation Park now occupies the site, and one Bug Hill Cottage has been preserved by the Highlands Historical Society.

13.Anderson-Sullivan Home site (circa 1906) A reputedly beautiful Scottish Mansion made entirely of native wood, it was built by the famed creator of puffed wheat and puffed rice, Alexander Anderson. Sadly, the home was torn down in 1973.

14.Zoellner's Garage (circa 1878) Originally serving as Monroe Skinner's blacksmith shop, this building became Carl Zoellners Esso Station and Garage in the late 1930s. The building also served the town as Highlands Laundry for almost 40 years.

15.Dr. O'Farrell's Drug Store (circa 1882) Home to Highlands' 1st newspaper Blue Ridge Enterprise, the building also housed Dr. Henry O'Farrell's pharmacy where legend says R. J. Reynolds first demonstrated how to roll a cigarette for the townsfolk.

16.Highlands House-Highlands Inn (circa 1880) Built by Joseph Halleck as a 3-story frame hotel with 2-story front porch, Highlands House was later given to John Jay and Mary Chapin Smith as a wedding gift in 1886. It was renamed Highlands Inn in 1925, and is now listed on the National Register.

17.Grey Cottage (circa 1883) Built before Mary Chapin married John Jay Smith, this wooden-shingled frame Victorian home with decorative bargeboards in gables served them both well for 60 years. A student of botany and accomplished poet, Mary was well-known for her beautiful garden and devotion to the growth of the Hudson Library. Her husband s sawmills supplied most of the wood used to build houses in Highlands before 1920.

18.Episcopal Church of the Incarnation (circa 1896) This 1-story frame Victorian structure with high-pitched roof and circular patterned wooden-shingled belfry was the 3rd church building in Highlands. Its earliest priest earned an annual salary of $100. Today, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is on the National Register of Historic Places.

19.Hutchinson-Frost-Hall-Farnsworth Home (circa 1878) This lovely Victorian home with multi-gable rof and wrap-around porch was first envisioned by Arthur Hutchinson, co-founder of Highlands. It was completed in 1880 by Dr. Charles Frost, Highlands' 1st long-term resident physician. It was later owned by theHall and Farnsworth families.

20.Reinke Home (circa 1934) This charming log cabin was built as a model of the famed Joe Webb style of construction. It was originally owned by Edwin Reinke, 1st director of the Highlands Biological Station

21.Kelsey-Harbison-Harris Home site (circa 1875) The two-story home which once stood here was the first house in Highlands. It was built for $350 by Samuel Kelsey, co-founder of the town. It was consumed by fire in 1976, and all that remains is its handsome chimney at the rear of The Falls on Main.

22.Kelsey Memorial In 1929, the Highlands Improvement Society created a memorial at the intersection of Church and 5th Streets to one of the founders of the town, Samuel Kelsey. It stands near the beginning of the 5-mile Kelsey Trail which leads to Whiteside Mountain.

23.First Presbyterian Church (circa 1885) This lovely 1-story frame structure with jerkinhead gable roof, steeple, and belfry represents the second church building in Highlands. It appears today on the National Register.

Highlands, North Carolina Aerial View24.Central House (circa 1878) This 2-story frame hotel with gable roof, shed dormer, and 2-tier front porch was one of Highlands' earliest boarding houses. It is listed on the National Register.

25.Rock Store (circa 1889) This long, low granite structure was built by Highlands pioneer James Rideout to serve as a general merchandise store. In 1934-35 it served as the first floor of the new 3-story Edwards Inn, designed by Linton Young and built by Wilton Cobb.

26.Post Office-Telephone Exchange (circa 1923) Legend has it that Nellie Cleaveland rang a large bell atop a high pole to announce to the people of Highlands that the mail had arrived. Beginning in 1936, Dorothy and Caroline Hall and later Manila Reese serviced all telephone calls into or out of Highlands, and were rumored to holler to individuals down the street to come answer the phone.

27.Davis House-Lee's Inn site (circa 1889) Built by H. M. Bascom, the 3-story frame hotel with 2-tier wrap-around porch and gable roof originally known as Davis House was considered one of the most elegant inns in the Southeast. A severe loss to Highlands, it burned in 1982 and was replaced in 1998 by Kelsey and Hutchinson Lodge.

28.Islington House-King's Inn site (circa 1883) An expansion of Monroe Skinner 1878 home, this 3-story frame hotel with hip roof and 2-story wrap-around porch was named Islington House by owner Margaretta Ravenel. It thrived for 30 years as a very popular inn, but stood abandoned for a dozen years before Bob King revived it as King's Inn from 1925 until it burned in 1994.

29.Pierson Inn site (circa 1899) On the former site of pioneer builder Joseph Halleck's home, Jeremiah and Emma Pierson constructed a 3-story frame building with 2-tier porches called the Pierson Inn. Flanked by two 2-story cottages, known as Piermont and Lakemont, the Inn also featured one of Highlands' earliest golf links surrounding a lake near today's Highlands School. The Inn closed in 1958 and was finally demolished in 1993. Only the two cottages remain.

30.Satulah Mountain District A number of homes in the Satulah Mountain District qualified for recognition on the National Register. Dr. Theodore Lamb was the 1st summer resident on Satulah in 1892. Other prominent Highlands residents, like John Elliott, Mary Lapham, H. M. Bascom, Robert Eskrigge, Minnie Warren, Henry Sloan, Alice Lyons, and Marie Huger, erected homes here between 1900 and 1925.

31.Kibbee-Hines Cottage (circa 1878) Highlands' first resident physician, Dr. George Kibbee, built his 1-story wooden shingled front-gabled home for his family here the very same year that he died of yellow fever. It was destroyed by fire in 2006 and replaced by Satulah Village Townhouses.

32.Selleck-Hill-McCall Home (circa 1879) This 2-story, wooden shingled home with salt box gable roof was built by Highlands pioneer Eben Selleck . Owned by the family of Lilia McCall since the early 1930s and known as The Rabbit Hole, its lawn played host to the elephants of the circus that visited Highlands in 1938.

33.Anderson Dime and Drug stores (circa 1924) Charlie Anderson established a dime and drug store that served Highlands for almost 60 years. The rebuilt drugstore now serves as Mirror Lake Antiques.

34.Highlands Bank-Gem Shop (circa 1923) When the 1st Highlands Bank failed in 1933 due to the Depression, the Bank of Franklin took over. Jackson County Bank bought the site back in 1936 and subsequently served Highlands for the next 20 years. In 1956, Archie and Hazel Jellen opened the first gem store in Macon County here, which still specializes in locally mined emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

35.Bill's Soda Shop (circa 1883) Originally constructed as Martin's Meat Market and subsequently serving as a drugstore, post office, phone company, and town hall, this corner store served as a popular meeting place in town and became famous as Bill's Soda Shop, where folks enjoyed cherry sodas and the occasional ammonia coke until the shop closed in 1972.

36.Dimick's Cheap Cash Store site (circa 1878) One of Highlands' earliest businesses, Annie Dimick's Cheap Cash Store, sold general merchandise and specialized in good Rio coffee.

37.William B. Cleaveland Home (circa 1888) This 1-story multi-gabled family home with wrap-around porch was built by Highlands pioneer William B. Cleaveland across the street from his grocery store.

38.Arthur Homesite and Park (circa 1879) One of Western North Carolinas first historians, John P. Arthur built his Highlands home surrounded by a meadow and fronted with a white picket fence. By the mid 1920s it became a park shaded by large maples and fronted with 6 benches installed by the ladies of the Improvement Society. The Boy Scouts built a cabin here in 1939.

39.T. Baxter White House (circa 1875) This front-gabled "white house" built by Highlands' 1st settler, T. Baxter White, served as the town's 1st post office and country store in addition to his home.

40.Highlands Methodist Church (circa 1909) Designed by renowned architect Upton C. Ewing, this 1-story cut stone structure with a classical revival style portico and tall steeple-belfry was the second home of the Methodists in Highlands and served to reunite the Southern and Northern Methodists from their separate churches in town following the Civil War. It was here that the Methodists hosted Sunday afternoon services for the African-Americans, who served summer families in the town and performed popular gospel concerts as fund-raising benefits for the church and the hospital.

41.Masonic Hall (circa 1893) Designed "to take good men and make better people out of them", the Masonic Lodge of Highlands was first established in 1890 and moved into its new hall in 1893. Dr. Elbert Gilbert, the town's 1st resident dentist, practiced here during the mid 1920s, and the building also housed Town Hall from the early 1930s to 1950.

42.Root's Gift Shop and Tea Room site (circa 1926) Beginnin in 1931, Annie Root operated a very popular gift shop and tea room here for 30 years. During the late 1920s, her husband Joseph installed the waterworks for the town, engineered the Highlands Country Club golf course, and surveyed many properties of the town.

43.Helen's Barn (circa 1935) A large board and batten frame building constructed in 1932 on land purchased by Charlie Wright with the proceeds from his Carnegie Gold Medal, became the site of Helens Barn providing popular mountain music and dance hall for the residents of Highlands. Originally located on the corner of Main and 1st, it was rebuilt where it stands today after its destruction by fire in 1935. Helen Wright Wilson and her children treated Highlanders to over 50 years of square dancing and it is rumored that many a courtship began at Helen's Barn.

44.Salt Rock It was here that Joseph Dobson once grazed his sheep and cattle on the land grant he purchased at 10 cents an acre in 1844. Salt was often used by herdsmen to calm their stock, and the rock that still stands at the southwest corner of Wright Square helped prevent the salt from soaking into the ground. It is also believed that the Cherokee Indians are said to have used this site for camping.

45.Old log Law House site (circa unknown) Before the town of Highlands existed, a single-room log Law House served as a place where the county sheriff collected taxes, elections took place, and circuit riders preached the Gospel. This became the site of Highlands' 1st non-denominational Sunday School in 1876, before becoming Sumner Clark's tool shed in the mid-1880s.

46.Dobson-Stewart-Memminger-Raoul Home (circa 1879) William Dobson son of settler Joseph Dobson sold 839 acres to Kelsey and Hutchinson for $2 an acre for what would later become the town of Highlands. It is here that he built his home with the help of Cherokee laborers, who were thought to bring luck. They carved the talismanic arrows that support the eaves and point toward the home. The home was later owned by Henry Stewart, a New York Times columnist and one of the most prolific agricultural writers in America, and Gustavus Memminger, a leading figure in the world of phosphate mining. The Raoul family ran it and the adjacent Laurel Lodge as an Inn and Tea Room during the depression. In 1978 a furniture store moved in and built the large brick addition.

47.Methodist-Baptist Church (circa 1885, 1940) The Northern Methodists were the first denomination to build their own sanctuary in Highlands in 1885. They sold the 1-story front-gabled structure with a small rose window to the Baptists in 1904, and built a new church with their Southern counterparts nearer the center of town. In 1940, the Baptists rebuilt the sanctuary on a cruciform plan with cross gable roof and stone veneer.

48.Hunt-Esty Cottage site (circa 1883) This a 1-story cottage with front gable roof and wrap-around porch, including belvedere-like corner treatments was built by Judge Dana Hunt as a second home. Known as White Oak House, it was regrettably torn down in 2001.

To learn more about Highlands history, visit the Highlands Historical Society online. Much of the historic data included in this blog was provided by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

January 2011 Plateau Pursuits

The New Year represents many things to many people.For some, it is a time of renewal a time to focus on family and the things that are most important in ones life. For some, it is a time to tackle some goals lose weight, get more organized, or start on a new career path. For others, the New Year represents a time of new beginnings, a time of discovery. Maybe theyll try a wealth of new experiences in 2011 try Indian food for the first time, go to the opera, or jump out of an airplane. Maybe theyll travel and discover new places. What will the New Year hold for you? At Silver Creek Real Estate Group, we believe weve discovered something pretty special and unique high atop the mountains of Western North Carolina. We invite you and your family to visit the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and discover for yourself what has been drawing families to our little corner of the world for over a century. Whether you plan your visit for January around the following list of things to do on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau throughout the month, or you just add a visit to Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville and Lake Toxaway to your To Do list for 2011 we look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain! Silver Creek wishes you and yours all of the best in the New Year!

January 1:New Years Day at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands includes Brunch at Madisons from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bloody Marys and Mimosa Bar; and Live Music at the Hummingbird Lounge. For more information, call 828.787.2625.

January 1-31:Sapphire Valley Ski Slopes and Frozen Falls Tube Park are open for the Winter Season! Enjoy two exciting hills a fun bunny hill for beginner/intermediate skiers and a 1,600-foot long main run featuring vertical drops of up to 200 feet that is ideal for the brave at heart. Grab inflatable tubes and go sledding with the entire family on a thrilling 500-foot run.

Hours**: Monday 5-9pm Friday Noon-9pm Saturday 9am-9pm Sunday 9am-6pm Weather Permitting

Lift / Equipment Rental Rates for ski and snowboard AdultsPublic Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$52.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$36.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$30.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$18.00

Children ( 12 & under )Public Full Day Lift/Rental (9am-9pm)$26.00 Full Day Lift Only (9am-9pm)$16.00 Night Lift/Rental (5pm-9pm)$24.00 Night Lift Only (5pm-9pm)$14.00

Skis and Poles Rental Only$21.00 Snowboard Rental Only$30.00 Helmet Rental$9.00 Boot rental$9.00 Ski and Snowboard Lessons Group (min. 3 people, max. 10)$15.00 per Hour Private (w/ Advanced Reservation)$25.00 per Hour

Frozen Falls Tube Rental $22.00 for 1.75-hour session

* Discounts available for guests of Wyndham at Fairfields Sapphire Valley Resort. ** Check website for special holiday hours. Hours vary slightly for Frozen Falls.

January 11-13:Navigating Risk: From Crisis to Innovation John A. Wheeler and Susie DeVille Schiffli Workshop at the Old Edwards Inn, geared toward business teams on the leading edge who wish to harness new modes of thinking and awareness in order to thrive in turbulent times. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 13:Best Sellers in the Wine Cellar at the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner served in the Wine Cellar at 7 p.m. Author TBD. Cost: $180. For more information, please call 828-526-8008.

January 21-23:Viva La France Weekend at the Old Edwards Inn - Immerse yourself in French food, wine, art instruction, phrases and music. Wine education events, art lessons with Jane Smithers, and St. Germain Cocktails. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 24- 26:Mind and Body Detox Retreat Spend 3 nights at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in beautiful Highlands, North Carolina surrounded by nature's splendor. "Shed your Skin" and prepare to have your mind and body cleared, refreshed and rejuvenated with two and a half days of guided instruction, music, movement, recipes, healthy foods and interactive sessions to discover where you are relative to where you desire to be for a well-balanced mind and body. For more information please call 828-526-8008.

January 29-30:Romance Weekend spotlighting many of the hotels and restaurants of Highlands. Friday will feature a welcome wine reception, dinner, and late night at Hummingbird Lounge, Saturday will be jam-packed with romance including breakfast in bed, dance lessons, tour of Highlands, escorted Whiteside Mountain hike, dinner, play, wine tasting, and evening bonfire.