Travelers Rest Historic Site

Supported by a local Friends chapter, Travelers Rest allows visitors to step back to the early 19th century. This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly. He strategically located it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian Mountains. Wyly operated the inn until 1833 when he sold it to his neighbor Devereaux Jarrett, the "richest man in the Tugaloo Valley." Jarrett continued to operate the inn, but doubled its size to make it the homeplace of his 14,400-acre plantation along the Tugaloo River. Three generations of Jarretts inhabited the site until the state of Georgia purchased the remaining few acres of the once-vast plantation for $8,000 in 1955. Thanks to both its architectural significance and its role in the early history of the area, Traveler's Rest was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Today, visitors can tour the house and see many original artifacts and furnishings, some of which were crafted by Caleb Shaw, a renowned cabinetmaker from Massachusetts. “Here I got an excellent breakfast of coffee, ham, chicken, good bread, butter, honey, and plenty of good new milk for a quarter of a dollar . . . What a charming country this would be to travel in, if one was sure of meeting with such nice clean quarters once a-day!” -- English Geologist George W. Featherstonhaugh, 1837

Christmas at the Inn

The holidays bring such hustle and bustle that Friends volunteers start months in advance preparing events and programs to help make the time particularly magical for you. Friends of Traveler's Rest wants to welcome you December 9 from 10am to 2pm to enjoy lively and festive dulcimer music, hot apple cider and teacakes made with a traditional Jarrett family recipe all while basking in the warm and comforting glow of the fire. Good company and great cheer is a beautiful complement to a historic Christmas celebration at this...

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Travelers Rest Historic Site Volunteer Mailing List

Member support and volunteer efforts are at the core of our mission. Are you interested in learning more about volunteering with us?