Toccoa in Stephens County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Traveler's Rest State Historic Site
"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!"
-- George Featherstonhaugh, 1837
Traveler's Rest was built around 1815 to serve as a wayside inn for travelers on the Unicoi Turnpike, a busy thoroughfare that connected the Tugaloo and Tennessee rivers. James Rutherford Wyly operated the inn until Devereaux Jarrett bought the place in 1833. Jarrett more than doubled the size of the structure and used it not only as an inn but also as a residence and the headquarters of his vast plantation along the Tugaloo River. The home place stayed in the Jarrett family until 1955 when the state of Georgia bought it for $8,000.
Location. 34° 36.533′ N, 83° 14.333′ W. Marker is in Toccoa, Georgia, in Stephens County. Marker can be reached from Riverdale Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4339 Riverdale Road, Toccoa GA 30577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jarrett Manor (here, next to this marker); Traveler's Rest Historic Traveler's Rest (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Tugaloo Town (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colonel Benjamin Cleveland Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away in South Carolina); Tugalo Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Paul Anderson (approx. 4.8 miles away); Paul Anderson Memorial Park (approx. 5 miles away); George Washington Hitt (approx. 5½ miles away); Toccoa Korean War Monument (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toccoa.
Also see . . .
1. Traveler's Rest State Historic Site. This stagecoach inn and plantation home was built around 1815 by James R. Wyly. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Traveler's Rest. Traveler's Rest is an early tavern and inn located about 6 miles east of Toccoa, Georgia, United States. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Unicoi Turnpike in Georgia. Presentation by Dr. Jack (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Gen James Rutherford Wyly - Find-a-Grave. Gen. James Rutherford Wyly, Ga. Militia was the son of James Wyly and Jemima Cleveland, dau. of Col. Ben Cleveland. (Submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 15, 2013, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.