Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Traveler's Rest Historic Site
HOURS OF OPERATION:
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

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.609716 | W -083.238866

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

Address
4339 Riverdale Road
Toccoa, GA 30577
Stephens County
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Hours of Operation
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone
706-886-2256

Pioneer Day
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Bring the kids and step back in time with historical demonstrators in period dress. Learn about Georgia’s last Stagecoach Inn and life in the 1830s.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Victorian Christmas
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Traveler's Rest Historic Site
Visits Georgia’s last standing stagecoach inn while halls are decked with decorations reflecting the Victorian Era. Historical interpreters dressed in period style clothing will be on hand to help you experience the inn as an 1830s visitor. Free hot cider and teacakes will be served.  $3-$5. 706-356-4362.
Contacts
Raymond Anderson
706-886-2256  Interpretive Ranger, Travelers Rest Historic Site

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