Palmer lived in Buncombe County in 1840. Due to his lack
in bad judgment and a game of chance he lost a whole lot
of money. Ashamed to face his relatives and friends he
packed his family and belongings and set out to find a
new home. In the year 1848 the Palmers came to Cataloochee
which had a small population and this
seemed like a good place to start a new life.
his family became one of the most prosperous families in
Cataloochee. George died in 1859 due to a heart attack.
His son George Lafayette known as( UNCLE Fate) was 23,
single and living at home when his father died, but he
eventually started his own family. His brother Jesse was
already married and living on his own property.
built similar houses around 1869; this one belonged to
Uncle Fate. It is a classic "dog-trot" house
-two log structures side by side, an open area between
and covered with a common roof. On one side you had a
living/sleeping space and the other a cooking/eating
area. Uncle Fate died in 1910 and his Jarvis
inherited the place. Outbuildings included the large
shop, springhouse and now absent can
house and smokehouse. Members of the Jarvis family owned
land and controlled the fishing rights along almost
three miles of Cataloochee Creek. They stocked the
stream and charged 50 cents per day to fish.
allowed people to camp on their land while fishing.
Jarvis built a two-room bunkhouse that would sleep 8-10
people. The bunkhouse was located near the barn that is
still standing on the property. A second, larger
bunkhouse was soon built near the first one and was
furnished with 20 to 24 beds. Jarvis built a cabin
that would sleep 6 to 8 people. This structure still
stands across the road. the Palmers charged 50 cents per
day to stay in one of the bunkhouses and an additional
50cents per day for meals served at the Palmer house.
Jarvis added a two room kitchen and dining wino on to
the south end of the house to accommodate people who ate
There were 3
post offices in the area of which the third was located
in the Palmer house. As you face the Palmer house today,
the room to the left of the porch was the Cataloochee
Post Office from the early 1900s until the time the
family moved away.