CHS’ 23rd Annual Designer Showhouse goes virtual; here’s a sneak peek

Cashiers Historical Society launches online tour experience and access to shop the Showhouse from the safety and comfort of your own home

For 23 years, the annual Cashiers Designer Showhouse has attracted thousands of guests, fueling Cashiers’ economy and providing critically needed funds for the Cashiers Historical Society (CHS).

As with so many of the plateau’s cherished annual events, circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the 2020 Designer Showhouse required a virtual pivot, ensuring every guest and volunteer’s well-being to make the Showhouse a continued success.

A glimpse of the exterior of the 23rd CHS Annual Designer Showhouse.

The Cashiers Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization that honors and protects North Carolina’s Cashiers Valley’s historical past. Through thoughtful educational platforms and the preservation of the Zachary-Tolbert House, Col. John’s Cabin, the dependency, and the Hampton School, CHS maintains the area’s historical legacy.


The Showhouse is the Cashiers Historical Society’s largest annual fundraiser, providing critically needed funds for operations and the preservation of its historic buildings and grounds.

Master Bedroom

For months, volunteers, sponsors, event partners, and designers have worked to create a Showhouse that perfectly reflects the understated casual luxury of the modern mountain cottage at Silver Run Reserve.

With the setting of a responsible development meant to maintain native beauty without creating too much density, intended Showhouse events ranged from outdoor yoga, fly-fishing, and hiking to floral demonstrations, live painting, and designer panels.

When the final decision came to pivot to a community safe and COVID-friendly virtual ticket, volunteers searched for a solution to bring Showhouse magic to the computer screen. 

Great Room

Melissa Hudson, Showhouse chair and CHS volunteer, is thrilled with the exciting curation of content provided with the virtual ticket, noting the importance of providing exclusive access to CHS supporters from around the world.

“Taking the Showhouse virtual has a huge financial impact on the Cashiers Historical Society, so selling virtual tickets is vital to sustaining our mission,” said Hudson. “We are beyond grateful to have unwavering support during this difficult time through virtual ticket purchases. Get ready to tour, shop, and indulge in exclusive content while in the safety and comfort of your own home.”

Master Bedroom

Supporters can expect to find the following content for a virtual ticket price of 25 dollars:

-Video Tour of the Showhouse and Glamping Tent 

-3D Matterport Tour of the Showhouse, Glamping Tent, and Silver Run Reserve (Donated by Larry Madden of Innovative Pix)

-Access to View and Shop Designer Furnishings, Art, and Vendors (20% of these sales go back to the Cashiers Historical Society)

-A Showhouse-based Zach-tivity Packet

-Interview with the owners of H+K Gallery on “Southern Art and its History Across the Plateau” 

-Multi-Chapter Bitters Workshop with Landscape Architect Mary Palmer Dargan

-Interview and Shopping with Impressionist Artist Cynthia Perryman

-Virtual Tour of the Highlands Biological Station’s Pollinator Garden

-Article Series by Plateau Magazine


Before the Showhouse launched its virtual offering on August 27, CHS hosted VIP Preview Days during which their advanced supporters—such as Benefactors and Sponsors—enjoyed private by-appointment-only tours of the home and left with a picnic basket featuring a meal prepared by Lee Epting of Epting Events.

The meal was a take-home version of the meal patrons would’ve enjoyed at the traditional Opening Night Party, one of the many special events tied to the Showhouse that CHS had to cancel or revamp.  

“Pivoting the Showhouse has been a team effort by so many individuals and businesses,” said Hudson. “I want to extend my deep gratitude to everyone that stuck with us and also honor the hard work of our designers. We’ve certainly been challenged but have learned new ways to conduct events and fundraise. I have also been pleasantly surprised by the reaction of our patrons, many expressing that they prefer the more intimate experience. I anticipate this year’s event will change aspects of the Showhouse for the better in the future.”  

Click HERE to purchase your virtual ticket to the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse.

Dining Room

About the 23rd Annual Showhouse:

Sprawling across nearly 300 acres of natural beauty and adjoining the Nantahala National Forest, lies Silver Run Reserve, the location of the 2020 Cashiers Designer Showhouse. Silver Run was originally assembled by the civic-minded Neely family as a private family estate nearly 40 years ago. Located within the prestigious southern corridor of Cashiers, Silver Run is in the midst of a revival as it is being transformed into a private, low-density, wonderfully amenitized mountain community. The 2020 Showhouse is a 3,000-square-foot Mountain Modern Cottage, custom-designed by the renowned Meyer Greeson Paullin Benson firm and built by Cashiers’ own Harris Custom Builders. With beautiful mountain and wooded views, and close to the center of the community and The Lodge, the Showhouse is surrounded by tranquility and beauty. Leading local, regional, and national interior designers will grace one of Cashiers’ most storied properties with a collective aesthetic vision for a once-in-a-lifetime Showhouse.

The Cashiers Designer Showhouse is the Cashiers Historical Society’s signature fundraising event. In partnership with Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, CDS raises vital funds to support the mission, operations, and cultural programming of CHS. 

Pictured at the top of the article is the Back Porch at the Showhouse.

Showhouse designers for 2020 include: 

Ann Sherrill-Rusticks, Front Porch, Cashiers

Holly Laughridge-Old Edwards Inn & Acorns Boutique, Foyer and Stairwell, Highlands

Kerry Howard-Tribus Interior Design & Dillard Jones, Master Bedroom, Cashiers/Greenville 

Lisa Wester-Lisa Wester Interiors, Master Bath, Birmingham 

Stuart Pliner-Stuart Pliner Design, Main Floor Powder, Cashiers/Atlanta

Cathy Rhodes-Cathy Rhodes Interiors, Second Master/Bath, Atlanta

Lynn Monday-Lynn Monday Home, Great Room, Cashiers 

Tori Alexander-Alexander Interiors, Dining Room, Nashville

June Chamberlain-June Chamberlain Interiors, Kitchen, Atlanta

Elly Poston-Elly Poston Interiors, Mud Room/Laundry Room, Richmond 

Francie Hargrove-Francie Hargrove Interior Design, Porch, Cashiers

Douglas Hilton-DWH Interiors, Second Floor Landing, Atlanta

Doug Weiss-Douglas Weiss Interiors, Bedroom 3, Highlands/Atlanta   

Zeb Grant-Zeb Grant Design, Bedroom 4, Madison/Atlanta

Margaret Kirkland and Zach Weiler-Margaret Kirkland Interiors, Glamping Tent, Atlanta

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