Cornucopia restaurant named 2018 Village Heritage Award winner
By Dan Brown / Staff
CASHIERS -- The Cornucopia restaurant in Cashiers garnered 2018 Village Heritage Award at a cocktail and dinner reception hosted by the Cashiers Historical Society Oct. 12 at Camp Merrie-Woode.
The restaurant, reportedly considered the oldest commercial structure in Cashiers, was an easy choice for the award, according to Village Heritage Award Chairman John Barrow.
“The Village Heritage Award committee has a criteria we use to evaluate nominations for the annual award,” he said. “The architecture of any such building should be in keeping with the “Old Village’ feel of Cashiers in terms of with style, materials and scale. The Cornucopia embodies all those qualities we look for in a building that preserves the past and enhances the present, and not only meets, but exceeds the criteria set used to evaluated nominees.”
Several awards were handed out during the ceremony including volunteer awards and the Jane Nardy Archival Award.
Camp Merrie-Woode’s Centennial Archives took home the Jane Nardy Archival Award, and Cashiers volunteers, Don Richeson, Ken Fisher and Gloria Ware were also honored for their community volunteer work.
Centennial Archives Executive Director Denise Dunn said it was an honor to receive the award.
“We have worked hard to establish these archives and we’re proud of the work we’ve done,” she said. “To be recognized for our work is an honor.”
Lindsay Hostetler, camp archivist with Camp Merrie-Woode, agreed, saying it was nice to have their hard work recognized.
“We were thrilled to receive this honor for the many years of hard work to establish these archives,” she said. “Not only do these archives represent the long history of Camp Merrie-Woode, but they also represent the history of Cashiers and the surrounding area.”
Cashiers Historical Society Events and Education Committee Vice Chairman Sandi Rogers distributed the awards to the three volunteers honored and praised their work
“Don Richeson and his work has been such a blessing,” she said of the Crossroads Chronicle editor. “He has gone above and beyond in his work on covering (community) events.”
On Fisher, Rogers said he is always willing to help.
“All you have to do is ask, Ken never says no,” she said.
On Ware, Rogers said, she was one of the Three Musketeers in coordinating the Events and Education Committee’s work.
“She was my right arm and she is an invaluable person.”
Myrick Howard, of Preservation North Carolina, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
“We’re like the animal shelter for old houses and buildings,” he said. “It’s a fun nickname but a responsibility we take to heart. We take these dogs, these old houses that nobody wants anymore and we find a new owner for them, a lot like the animal shelter finds new forever homes for dogs and cats. We are there during that transition time to someone to take these old houses, and many industrial buildings and preserve them.
Howard said through Preservation North Carolina, their award-winning Endangered Properties program have rescued more than 800 old, historic, interesting and sometimes abandoned properties, and restoring them to their former glory.
“There’s a story behind each one of these buildings, and we are committed to telling it,” he said.
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