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Travelers Rest Historic Site

Travelers Rest Historic Site - BEST Places to Picnic

4339 Riverdale Road
Toccoa , GA 30577

Located just off U.S. Hwy. 123 six miles east of Toccoa.

Explore Travelers Rest Historic Site

Traveler�s Rest, a stagecoach inn and plantation home, was built around 1815 by James R. Wylie, a stakeholder in the Unicoi Turnpike, a busy thoroughfare that passed nearby. Wylie operated the inn until the 1830s when he sold the place to Devereaux Jarrett, the �richest man in the Tugaloo Valley.� 

Among other things, Jarrett doubled the size of Traveler�s Rest, which also served as the headquarters of his 14,400-acre plantation. The Jarrett family inhabited the site until the 1950s, when the state of Georgia purchased the remaining few acres of the once-vast plantation and opened it to the public as an historic site. 

Thanks to its unique and well-preserved architecture, Traveler�s Rest was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. 

Today visitors can enjoy a tour of the house and see many original artifacts and furnishings, some of which were crafted by Caleb Shaw, a splendid cabinetmaker from Massachusetts.

Hours: Open Wednesday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year�s Day. Open Mondays on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends.

Note: Travelers Rest Historic Site has no reservable facilities.

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