The Travelers Inn is a designated National Historic site just outside of the city of Toccoa, GA. We visited the site with our friends Tom and Sally while we were staying with them. The land that the site sits on originally was Cherokee land that was granted to Major Jesse Walton in 1785 for his service in the Revolutionary War. Three years later he was killed by Indians near there in 1789. The Walton family sold the land to James Rutherford Wyly. He built the house as a stopover for travelers on the new turnpike going east and west through northern Georgia.
Devereaux Jarrett bought the house in 1838 and it became the operating center of his 14,000-acre plantation. Jarrett added to the original structure. It had ten rooms available to travelers. It became a center of information and commerce with growing population of the area . The preserved structure is a fine example of construction and life style of the period.
This object was in one of the bedrooms with no identification. We could not be sure what it was. I thought it could be anything from a hat box to port- a- potty. The only ranger on duty had no idea what it could be.
While we were in the area , there was a annual salute to the military in downtown Toccoa. There were encampments , reenactments and a parade. We arrived just in time for the parade, which focused mostly on the WWII period. Some of the bystanders were dressed in period clothes . There were a number of paratrooper groups in the parade. Our friend , Tom, said that there was a large training compound just out of town used for paratrooper training. Reportedly, there are efforts ongoing to create a museum on the grounds of the training area.