Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Open Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Organized groups by appointment.

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

   Travelers Rest State Historic Site Business Plan


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.609716 | W -083.238866

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


Traveler's Rest Historic Site
4339 Riverdale Road
Toccoa, GA 30577

Hours of Operation
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Junior Ranger Mini-Camp
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Ever wondered what kind of foods pioneer kids ate? What kind of games they played? Join us for this fun hands on camp and find out. Call Tugaloo State Park to pre-register.  $5. 706-356-4362.
4339 Riverdale Road
Toccoa, GA 30577
Stephens County
Raymond Anderson
706-886-2256  Interpretive Ranger, Travelers Rest Historic Site

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