Travelers Rest (Toccoa, Georgia)
HABS photo, 1934
|Nearest city||Toccoa, Georgia|
|Area||4 acres (1.6 ha) (size of landmarked area)|
|NRHP reference #||66000283|
|Added to NRHP||October 15, 1966|
|Designated NHL||January 29, 1964|
Travelers Rest State Historic Site is a state-run historic site near Toccoa, Georgia. Its centerpiece is Traveler's Rest, an early tavern and inn. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 29, 1964, for its architecture as a well-preserved 19th-century tavern, and for its role in the early settlement by white men of northeastern Georgia.
Description and history
Travelers Rest is about 6 miles (10 km) east of Toccoa, Georgia, near the Tugaloo River, on Riverdale Road just north of United States Route 123. It was built upon Cherokee land close to the former Cherokee town of Tugaloo granted to Major Jesse Walton in 1785. Walton, a Revolutionary War soldier and political leader, was killed by Indians near here in 1789. The Walton family sold the land to James Rutherford Wyly who built the main part of the house between 1816 and 1825. Wyly opened the house as an inn for travelers on the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike. Devereaux Jarrett bought the house on August 21, 1838 and it became the headquarters of his 14,000-acre (57 km2) plantation. Jarrett added to the original structure and opened it to the public. Due to the growing population and increased through traffic, the structure served as an inn, trading post, and post office. While the ten room house was open to the public it entertained many illustrious travelers. The Jarrett account books, that doubled as hotel registers, contain the name of the English scientist and author, George William Featherstonhaugh. He said, "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!" " The main building is a large and rambling two story wood frame structure, more than 90 feet (27 m) long. It is built out of wide pine planking and has six chimneys. One of the fireplaces has a mantle with drawers for storage of valuables. The front porch has seven rooms on each level with separate entrances, and an inside staircase providing access to the second floor. The rear of the house is where the innkeeper's family lived, with public rooms (dining room and parlor areas) in between. The post office was located on the second floor. The property includes, in addition to the main building, recreations of typical outbuildings of the 19th century, including slave quarters. It remained in the hands of Jarrett's descendants until 1955, when it was acquired by the state. 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.
- List of National Historic Landmarks in Georgia (U.S. state)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Stephens County, Georgia
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
- "Traveler's Rest (Georgia)". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-23.
- "Historic Traveler's Rest". GeorgiaInfo: an Online Georgia Almanac. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- Blanche Higgins Schroer (1978) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Traveller's Rest / Jarrett Manor, National Park Service and Accompanying three images, exterior, from 1968 and c. 1960
- Featherstonhaugh, George William (1847). A canoe voyage up the Minnay Sotor. London: R. Bentley. p. 264. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- "Fireplace mantle with drawers for storage of valuables at Jarrett Manor, Historic House Museum". Historic Postcard Collection, RG 48-2-5, Georgia Archives. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Porch (Traveler's Rest, near Toccoa, Ga.)". John Linley, Box 19. Historic Architecture and Landscapes of Georgia: The Hubert Bond Owens and John Linley Image Collections at the Owens Library. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Tester bed made locally about 1820. Part of the Jarrett family furnishings at Jarrett Manor, Historic House Museum". Historic Postcard Collection, RG 48-2-5, Georgia Archives. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- Neat pieces : the plain-style furniture of nineteenth-century Georgia. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 2006. p. 19. ISBN 9780820328058. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
- Official website
- City of Toccoa Events Listing for Traveler's Rest
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. GA-14-5, "Travelers Rest, Toccoa vicinity, Stephens County, GA", 3 photos, 5 measured drawings, 4 data pages, supplemental material
- "Historic Traveler's Rest historical marker". Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
- "Dedication of the Jarrett Manor Historic Marker". Kenneth Rogers Photographs, Atlanta History Center. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 5 June 2016.