Highlands in Macon County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Samuel T. Kelsey
Samuel T. Kelsey
who planned and founded
the Town of
in the year
A True Pioneer in the Wilderness
Erected 1929 by The Highlands Improvement Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
Location. 35° 3.093′ N, 83° 11.742′ W. Marker is in Highlands, North Carolina, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of South 5th Street (State Highway 1689) and Church Street on South 5th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NC 28741, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Edwards Inn (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moccasin War (about 500 feet away); Thomas Harbison (about 800 feet away); Elizabeth Wright Prince House (approx. ¼ mile away); André Michaux (approx. Mary Lapham (approx. 0.3 miles away); De Soto (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highlands.
1. Samuel T. Kelsey
In 1875 Samuel Kelsey, one of the founding fathers of Highlands, purchased land on a mountain plateau in western North Carolina and began to develop a mountain retreat for all those who would come to enjoy....A part of his original vision has now been developed into Old Highlands Park, a 15 unit condominium project a block off Main Street in downtown Highlands. Mr. Kelsey purchased the property from William Dobson, one of the original pioneers in western North Carolina. Dobson’s father had originally acquired the land through a federal land grant for 10 cents an acre in 1844 and William, his son, sold to Kelsey 31 years later for $2.00 an acre.
— Submitted July 20, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.
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