Elaine Zachary interviewed for NCAR magazine

When the North Carolina Association of Realtors wanted to interview a Realtor with over 30 years experience and find out what insight they may have, they called Elaine Zachary withSilver Creek Real Estate Group. Elaine pointed out that her "best tactic in this market revolves around great customer service that always puts the client first." This attitude, combined with resources and professionalism, sets us apart from other companies and brokers. For further information about the great people at Silver Creek Real Estate Group, feel free to contact Jochen Lucke at or call <a href="tel:+18287431999">828-743-1999</a>.

Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume

Tours of Cashiers historic Zachary-Tolbert House Resume May 15

As visitors and summer residents of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau return to the area for the season, the Cashiers Historical Society is proud to announce the return of their tours of The Zachary-Tolbert House on May 15. Guided tours of the lovely 157-year-old Greek revival home, considered the crown jewel of Cashiers historic homes, will run Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 17. The last tour begins at 2 p.m. and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes. Admission to the home and grounds is just $5.00, and is FREE to Cashiers Historical Society Members. Set in the heart of Cashiers, at 1940 Hwy 107, the Zachary-Tolbert House serves as a lasting tribute to some of the earliest pioneers along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

In 1832, Colonel John A. Zachary first travelled here from his home in Surry County over 200 miles away to explore the ancient forests and lush landscape of Western North Carolina. He returned with his family the following spring to become the first permanent homesteaders in the area. Their ancestors still live and work here today (including Silver Creeks very own broker, Elaine Zachary!) Colonel Zacharys son, Mordecai a skilled carpenter built what is now known as the Zachary-Tolbert house as a wedding gift for his young bride, Elvira Keener, in 1852. The Tolbert Family owned the home for most of the 20th century. Beyond a family home, the house also served as a summer retreat and inn and now houses the Cashiers Historical Society. It opened as a public museum in 2001 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lovingly restored to its original glory, The Zachary-Tolbert House showcases much of the original furniture crafted by Mordecai Zachary himself. For more information, to book a group tour or to schedule your special event at this very special historic home call 828-743-7710.

Plateau Pursuits May Edition

Calendar of Events for the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau

Ever since early settlers and developers first arrived on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau over a century ago family and community have been at the heart of events and gatherings in the area. The same holds true today, and theres always something happening in any one of our villages, townships and master-planned communities! Aside from the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of our mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests - below are a few additional reasons you should join us for a Party on the Plateau in May:

May 14-17Highlands Cashiers Players present Neil Simons Rumors at The Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Showtimes Thursday thru Saturday 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults - $20; Students - $8 may be purchased one hour before the performance on an as available basis. Reservations can also be made by calling the box office at 828-526-8084. May 15Historic Zachary-Tolbert House tours resume in Cashiers on Fridays and Saturdays thru October 17, 2009 (click here for more information). May 23Summit Memorial Day 5K Race in Cashiers. For more information, call 828-743-5755. May 23-27Annual Plant Sale at Highlands Ball Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Featuring hundreds of locally grown hostas and perennials. Proceeds help local scholarship students and local projects. Come early for best selection! Rain date is Sunday, May 24. May 23-24The Village Square Art & Craft Show at Pine Street Park in Highlands. Featuring regional artisans showcasing fine art, pottery, baskets, folk art, jewelry, furniture and more. Face painting for the kids. For more information, call 828-787-2021. May 27Snakes & Ice Cream at the Village Green Pavillion in Cashiers at 6 p.m. Childrens program that is presented by Patrick Brannon and is part of the Village Nature Series. Co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green. FREE admission! Call 828-526-1111 for more details. May 29Collective Spirits Wine Festival at The Bascom in Highlands. Featuring wine tastings from premier North Carolina distributors, as well as silent auctions, artistic demonstrations, a symposium and gala seated dinner under a tent on The Bascoms new terrace. For more information or to order event tickets, call 828-526-4949. May 29-30Cashiers Historical Society Hosts 2009 Appalachian Music Symposium at the Albert C. Carlton Library in Cashiers and Lombards Lodge in Whiteside Cove. Symposium features presentations by renowned historians and performances by David Holt, Sheila Kay Adams, Lee Knight, The Queen Family and Jacob Jones. Daily tickets are $80, and Two-Day tickets are $145. Seating is reserved and limited so order your tickets today! For more information or to place your ticket order, call 828-743-7710 or send an e-mail to May 30Blues, Brews & BBQ on the grounds of the Rib Shack Restaurant at The Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fun-filled, family-friendly outdoor bash featuring live music from Hurricane Creek, mouth-watering ribs and southern sides from the Rib Shack and ice-cold brews from Highland Brewing Company. Tickets available for purchase at the Rib Shack Restaurant or by calling 828-526-8008

Silver Creek Is Changing the Face of North Carolina Real Estate in 2010

Cashiers Brokerage Firm Combines Grass Roots Marketing, Relationship Building and Technology to Grow Client Base and Reputation

As 2009 comes to a close, we cant help but reflect on all the exciting changes this year has brought to our brokerage firm in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Silver Creek Real Estate Group, located in the heart of the historic resort village of Cashiers, has really started growing as word spreads of our exquisite taste level, no nonsense approach, innovative marketing strategies and unparalleled devotion to our clients. We are a specialized agency of experienced brokers dedicated to providing excellent customer service while striving to deliver the very best results. We offer straightforward advice and an aggressive, targeted marketing plan to each and every one of our clients. Rather than lingering amongst hundreds of listings and communicating sporadically with an overwhelmed listing agent, our clients find a committed partner in Silver Creek. Homeowners who list with us have the prospect of having their home or property featured online, as well as in local publications such as the Real Estate Magazine. We advertise in such high profile publications as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, WNC Magazine, DuPont Registry, and Charleston Magazine in an effort to drive more traffic to our website and listings.


Silver Creek Real Estate Group's Office

Silver Creek Real Estate Group's Office


This year, we have added a new broker to our team Lesley Howard, a highly skilled and incredibly talented real estate professional. Lesley is proficient in the art of marketing, staging, and selling homes and land. Rounding out the sales team are Silver Creek founder Jochen Lucke, and veteran broker Elaine Zachary. All three share a deep understanding of the people and places of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, and an unwavering enthusiasm for their work that is simply unmatched. Silver Creek has also grown the size and scope of our website and added a blog, which we update regularly with helpful articles, area events and local sales information. As we grow, so does the number and variety of our listings. From quaint cottages in the forest, to luxury mountain estates, to elegant lakeside retreats, Silver Creek has it all. In addition, we have fostered relationships with a number of publications both on and off the mountain, as we seek to introduce people throughout the Southeast to our unique slice of heaven. We work closely with the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association to plan exciting events to draw new people to the area. Most recently, we introduced GPS technology to our extensive list of services allowing us to educate our clients about property in ways we never have before. In 2010, we pledge to continue to grow our agency, to seek out novel approaches to better serve our clients, and to pursue new avenues for spreading the word of our special little corner of the world to those off the mountain. In short, we hope to change the face of real estate on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

If you own a home in Cashiers, Highlands, Sapphire Valley, Lake Glenville or Lake Toxaway and are considering placing your property on the market, Silver Creek welcomes the opportunity to become your listing agency. Winter is an excellent time to list many buyers will begin the quest to find their dream home now so that they are ready to move in as spring arrives! If you are searching for home of your dreams where you and your family can build memories together for years to come, we look forward to the opportunity to introduce you to what we consider to be the most special place on Earth. Whether you're buying or selling a home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, we invite you to call us at <a href="tel:+18287431999">828.743.1999</a> with any questions you might have, or visit our offices conveniently located just west of The Cashiers Crossroads at The Shoppes at CreekSide. Wed love to meet you! For more information about Silver Creek Real Estate Group, visit us online at

Jochen,Annetta, Elaine and Lesleywish you a very happy holiday season and an even happier New Year!

Silver Creek Spotlight: Cashiers Historical Society

Climb the Mountains of Western North Carolina and Take a Step into the Past

Settlers to Western North Carolina first discovered the Cashiers area in the early 1800s as they sought to set up homesteads upon the rich and rolling landscape. Over the next century, as word spread of the natural beauty of the region and mild year-round climate courtesy of the high elevations, more and more people descended upon Cashiers Village and the surrounding province defining it as a prestigious mountain resort community. In 1996, a group of concerned citizens felt it their duty to preserve and protect Cashiers long and colorful history they held a kick-off fundraiser, formed an affiliation with a 501(c)3 organization - the Village Conservancy, and officially launched the Cashiers Historical Society. Their first vital act was to save a historic landmark The Zachary-Tolbert House. Mordecai Zachary son of one of the villages founding fathers, Colonel John Zachary first constructed the home in the mid-1800s. By the mid-1990s, the Society was approached by Robert Red Bubba Tolbert to help save the home which had become a part of his familys property. Now, at nearly 160 years old, the home not only stands proudly at the center of Cashiers Village it serves as a Museum and headquarters for the Cashiers Historical Society. A fine example of Greek Revival architectural style with the worlds largest collection of plain-style furniture crafted by one person in one location (all built by Mordecai Zachary), the Zachary-Tolbert House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is open for guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May through October. Normally, tours last approximately 45 minutes although the Historical Society encourages visitors to allow time to enjoy the surrounding grounds, adjacent meadows, nature trails, and scenic woodlands. Imagine what it was like to live here 150 years ago with no electricity, indoor plumbing or central heat. They invite you to bring your lunch or a snack and spend several hours at this historic, educational, and restorative landmark. There is no charge for guided tours, though a donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, or to arrange a group tour, phone 828-743-7710. The House Museum is located at 1940 NC Highway 107 South, two miles south of the Cashiers Crossroads.

Cashiers Historical Society LogoSince its launch in 1996, the Cashiers Historical Society has grown to become one of the most successful preservation, civic and interpretive organizations in Western North Carolina. With a membership of over 400 strong, members and the surrounding community are able to enjoy Cashiers proud heritage and a variety of activities throughout the year many of which help raise funds to support continued efforts by the Society. This summer, the Cashiers Historical Society has several fun events planned and they invite YOU to be a part of them.

Cashiers Historical Society Spring/Summer 2010 Events

June 5, 12, & 19:Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor The first three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon - please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include techniques that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as edge sharpening basics, hand plane basics, and 18th-19th century hand planning. June 8:Heritage Weaving Demonstration: Sheep to Shawl with Debbie Bryant June 10:Spring History Ramble with local historian Jane Nardy June 10:Pinnacle Party June 26:Music on the Grounds July 3, 10 & 17:Heritage Workshops: Woodworking with Skip Taylor the last three in a series of six one-day, Saturday workshops; each workshop is $75 per person. Participants can attend one or all; the class sizes are limited to ten people. 9:00 am until early afternoon - please bring your own lunch and snacks. Class subjects include that may have been employed by Mordecai Zachary himself such as mastering hand scrapers, sawing wood by hand and dovetail drawer joinery by hand. July 23 & 24:Heritage Workshop: Blacksmithing with Matthew Shirey a two-day workshop 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Bring a light lunch and any snacks, $195.00/person. Maximum 10 people per class. Students will spend two days learning the basics of blacksmithing. Class time will be spent learning to draw a taper, flatten, bend, twist, scroll, and upset hot iron. Students should each walk away with one or more small functional items such as hooks, spoons, forks, spatulas, bottle openers, etc. July 27, Aug. 3 & 10:Heritage Workshop: Wildflower Painting with Kathie Wyatt Blozan a series of one-day workshops in drawing and painting wildflowers in watercolor. 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Students may attend one workshop or all. Please bring a lunch; $75 per person; all supplies will be provided. Maximum 15 people per class. What better way to get to know wildflowers than by drawing and painting them? Folks will draw on the grounds of the Zachary Tolbert House, & have access to shelter for painting their own sketches. Participants will produce one or more small finished paintings and will meet rain or shine. August 20:Cashiers Designer ShowHouse Patron Party & Auction The Clubhouse at Wade Hampton Golf Club August 21-Sept. 5:Cashiers Designer ShowHouse Whisper Fade at Wade Hampton Golf Club on Highway 107 South. This very special annual event will include Showhouse Shops @ the Designer Showhouse, The Zachary-Tolbert House Museum & Grounds open for Daily Tours, a Merchants Tent @ the Zachary-Tolbert House and Lunch served daily. Showhouse hours are Monday Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays, 1:00-4:00. Tickets just $25, and may be purchased on-site! For more information on the Designer ShowHouse and the Patron Party, please call the Cashiers Historical Society at 828.743.7710 or e-mail your questions to August 29:102nd Zachary Reunion Sunday

For more information about The Cashiers Historical Society and to learn more about upcoming events, please visit them online at

The 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse is just around the corner

Just a scenic three-hour drive north from the hustle and bustle of metro Atlantas busy streets, the historic resort mountain village of Cashiers, North Carolina offers its Southern city neighbors an abundance of natural splendor at every turn, a welcome & leisurely pace, delightfully mild climates, and a wealth of world-class amenities, shops & restaurants. What many residents from other nearby metropolises of Knoxville, Charlotte, and Greenville may not realize is that Cashiers has been a mecca for some of the Southeasts leading interior designers for more than a decade. As this sleepy village prepares to host its 13th Annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse, the excitement is quickly mounting!

Cashiers Historical Society LogoLast years Designer Showhouse bore witness to record numbers in terms of attendance and fund-raising. Proceeds from the Designer Showhouse benefit the Cashiers Historical Society, including the care and maintenance of the historic Zachary-Tolbert House and grounds. Last years proceeds were so plentiful that the Society was able to turn around and donate a $28,000 grant to the Cashiers Valley Community Council. This years numbers are expected to be even higher. With a theme of Designed with a View, the 2010 Designer Showhouse is located at Whisper Fade in Cashiers prestigious golf community of Wade Hampton. In a neighborhood boasting breathtaking vistas of the beautiful and highly touted Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole championship golf course and sweeping panoramas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its no wonder why the view was the subject for this years theme.

With corporate sponsors such as Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Mountainworks Custom Home Design, Hennessy Automobile Companies, and Macon Bank among others the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse promises to be bigger and better than ever. Showcasing their talents in the individual rooms of the Cashiers Designer Showhouse are local designers Eddie Alvarez and George Oliver of A Country Home, Cheryl Benitez and Audrey Wood of Mountain House, Shannon Berrey of Shannon Berrey Designs, Nora Butler of Nora & Co., Dianne Estes of DEstes Antiques, Debra Green of English-Green Interiors, Linda Hall of Vivace & Vivace Women, Francie Hargrove of Francie Hargrove Interior Design, Sandy Linebaugh of Fiddlehead Designs, Edwin Lusk and David Paterson of Fletcher & Lee, Lynn Monday of Mondays House of Design, Kirk Moore & Don Fry of Oakleaf Flower & Garden, Ann Sherrill of Rusticks, and Matthew Ward of Into the Woods Interiors. Visiting designers from nearby Atlanta and Birmingham are Carole Weaks of C. Weaks Interiors, William Peace of Peace Design, Suzanne Kasler of Suzanne Kasler Interiors, Bob Brown of Robert Brown Interior Design, and Majorie Johnston and Wendy Barze of Marjorie Johnston & Co. Atlanta Designer, Suzanne Kasler was named among Elle Dcors Top 25 Designers this year, and she will be featured during a Talk, Lunch & Book Signing at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets to tour the rooms of this exquisitely designed luxury mountain estate are just $25 per person and can be purchased at the Showhouse. If you wish to order your tickets in advance, please call 828.743.7710. The hours of the Showhouse are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event kicks off with a Patrons Party & Auction on the evening of Friday, August 20 at the Wade Hampton Golf Clubhouse, which will feature the culinary artistry of Wade Hampton Chef Doug Sampey and live entertainment from Anita Brown and her Band. Throughout the Showhouse Event, the Cashiers Historical Society Museum in the Zachary-Tolbert House & Grounds will be open daily for tours, and the venues surrounding the Showhouse will include the Showhouse Shops and Merchants Tent. A delicious lunch from Caf 107 will be served daily at the Dowden Pavilion. Shuttles to the Cashiers Designer Showhouse will leave regularly from the parking lot of the Cashiers United Methodist Church.

The friendly folks at Silver Creek Real Estate Group invite you to join us for this wonderful annual event in support of a very good cause. Take a daytrip or plan an entire weekend in the mountains and catch a glimpse into the luxury lifestyle that is synonymous with the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. When youre not touring the Showhouse, relaxing days of boating our mountains lakes, fly fishing in our abundant streams, shooting a perfect game on our golf courses, or kicking back and doing nothing at all await you. Visit the Silver Creek website to check out our list of shops, restaurants and accommodation options. We also encourage you to take a look around at some of the incredible homes for sale all along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau. After you've had a chance to tour the Showhouse and fall madly in love with the area wed love to take you on a tour of some of the available homes and land around Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire Valley, and Lake Toxaway and Glenville. Silver Creek welcomes your call at 828-743-1999 or please feel free to drop by our offices located near the Cashiers Crossroads in the Shoppes at Creekside. We look forward to seeing YOU up on the mountain!

To learn more about the 2010 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, visit the Cashiers Historical Society website or Atlanta Homes & Leisure Magazine online.