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May
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 24 May 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

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May
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 31 May 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

07
Jun
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 07 June 2022, 05:30 PM
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14
Jun
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 14 June 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

21
Jun
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 21 June 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

28
Jun
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 28 June 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

05
Jul
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 05 July 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

12
Jul
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 12 July 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

19
Jul
Whisper Lake Community Dock
Date: 19 July 2022, 05:30 PM
Drinks on the Dock

Historical Gallery

The road leading into Whisper Lake is named Sapphire Post Office Road, because at one time, there was indeed a post office opposite the lake from which mail was delivered twice daily. According to unconfirmed reports, the post office was burned down by a disgruntled caretaker of the Sapphire Inn. He also allegedly burned down the Inn and several cabins whose chimney remnants remain scattered about the community.

This beautiful Land of Waterfalls was first settled by the Cherokee people. They were later forced out under the U.S. Government’s Indian Removal Act of 1830. Many Cherokees hid in the mountains and consequently Cherokee people and culture remain a vibrant part of Western North Carolina today. 

Gold was first discovered in the area in the 1830s. Significant gold deposits came from the Georgetown mine which is currently the location of Camp Merrie-Wood in Sapphire Valley. This discovery peaked interest which attracted gem miners from around the country, and in 1888 led to three men discovering 50 pounds of sapphire gems in the valley, hence the name. It is rumored that major companies such as Tiffany’s of New York held contracts here. Gem mining continues to be an attraction to this day.

After the civil war, pioneer families came to this part of the country and faced the challenging task of taming a wilderness. The population began to grow when people from the south migrated here to escape the summer heat.

In the late 1800s, this area became the playground for the rich and famous. In 1896, J. Frances Hayes founded the Lake Toxaway Company with a vision: to create the largest man-made lake in the Appalachians and to build an elegant mountain resort featuring Lake Toxaway and five inns. Two of those inns were The Fairfield Inn and the Sapphire Inn, the latter of which may have been located on Whisper Lake. Although none of these inns are standing today, the original restaurant for The Fairfield Inn, currently known as The Library and located in the Sapphire Valley Resort area, is a vibrant restaurant.

In 1898, the Lake Toxaway Company bought the Transylvania Railroad for logging and later extended it in order to provide transportation for resort guests. In 1916, the Toxaway dam gave way when a hurricane deposited 24 inches of rain in 24 hours. Surprisingly, the only casualty was a blind mule. However, Lake Toxaway was destroyed and the Inn abandoned to be torn down in 1948. Lake Toxaway was rebuilt in 1960.

Part of the land that was owned by the Toxaway Company is currently the site of Sapphire Valley Resort. After the demise of the Toxaway Company, Sapphire Valley saw many changes in ownership. In 1982, Fairfield Communities purchased modern day Sapphire Valley Resort and in 1987, it developed the Whisper Lake Community.


Historical photos featured here came from the following publications and are not to be used, reprinted or sold without the express permission of the publisher:

  • The Cashiers Area: Yesterday, Today, and Forever; published in 1994 by Fine Books Publishing Company, Charlotte, NC.
  • Upper Transylvania County, NC Remembered; compiled in August 2011 by Jan C. Plemmons.

Scenes from the Neighborhood

Contact Details

Whisper Lake POA, Inc.
PO Box 127, Sapphire, NC 28774
info@whisperlakenc.com

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