Travelers Rest Historic Site Honors GA Mountain History

When the Unicoi Turnpike was built in the early 1800’s, it became the major north-south route, starting in South Carolina, traveling to Clarksville, up through Helen and Hiawassee and on into Tennessee. Four stagecoach inns were located along this route, including what is now Travelers Rest Historic Site in Taccoa, Georgia, about a 35-minute drive southeast of our Inn.

Built in 1815 by local plantation owner, James R. Wyly—who was also charged with opening the Unicoi Turnpike—the property was sold in 1833 to wealthy entrepreneur Devereaux Jarrett. Mr. Jarrett continued to operate the inn for many years, doubling its size. In 1955, the State of Georgia purchased the property. Travelers Rest was named a National Historic Landmark in 1964, honoring both its structural significance and its role in the area’s history.

85% of the two-story, heart-of-pine wood inn is original, as are many of the furnishings. On taking the tour, visitors can see clever items such as the bed with a blanket roller on the bottom. Look up to the ceiling and there’s a quilting frame that can be lowered when needed, stored above when not. In the common room, penny-wise guests could share a bed for 25 cents. Private rooms were upstairs, the kitchen below the dining room.

The property still has several original structures, and one early Twentieth Century structure, the son-in-law’s cabin. Two other worthwhile items to see when visiting: an American holly tree that is more than 200 years old, and a large rock carved with petroglyphs. Check out this State Park video for a good overview of what to expect when visiting.

Travelers Rest Historic Site

Route 3, Toccoa, GA

Saturday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adults/$5, Seniors 62+/$4, Youth 6-17/$3, Children under 6/$1

We like to think we’re carrying on the honored tradition of being a welcome stop along the way for the modern day travelers. Plan to stay with us and discover the pampered life of the Twenty-First Century guests!