This wonderful place is known as Travelers Rest and was first built on land granted to Major Jesse Walton in 1785. Walton was a Revolutionary Soldier and a political leader, and was killed by Indians near the home in 1789.
The Walton family then sold the land to James Rutherford Wyly who built the main part of the house between 1816 and 1825, strategically locating it along the newly constructed Unicoi Turnpike, a busy highway over the Appalachian Mountains. It served as an inn for traveler’s as well as a trading post and a post office.
Devereaux Jarrett purchased the house on August 21, 1838, and it became the headquarters of his 14,000-acre plantation, located very close to the site of the former Cherokee town Tugaloo.
The 10 room house entertained many illustrious travelers and the Jarrett account books recorded the name of the distinguished English scientist and author G.W. Featherstonehaugh, who stayed the night and ate breakfast in 1837. He wrote about his experience: “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!”
During the time that the Jarretts owned the house, it was called “Jarrett Manor” and Mary Jarrett White, the last owner, made history as the first woman in Georgia to vote.
Historic Traveler’s Rest is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and is a Georgia Historical Commission site. It is located about 6 miles east of Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia.
This was taken with my Canon Rebel XTi and textures added.