The Day I Learned How Cashiers Got Her Name
I met a wonderful horse, Dixie Chic, who is so sweet and loving, she reminds me of a super-sized golden retriever. She likes to sneak up behind people ......
Dixie Chic’s reenactor soldier asked me if I knew how my town of Cashiers had gotten its name. Cashiers is pronounced CA’sherz, by the way. I told him I’d heard it had something to do with a saw mill owned by the Cash family.
He said, “No, no, that’s not it.”
I had heard another version of it being the crossroad where the loggers picked up their pay, at the cay-SHEERZ.
“No, no that’s not it either,” he said. “You know who Wade Hampton is?” Yes, I did know who General Wade Hampton was and we even have a golf course named for him. Actually, to a reenactor, it’s proper to say, “I know who General Wade Hampton IS.”
“Well, before General Wade Hampton came over there to your place, before there was a golf course, Wade Hampton lived over here in Honea Path. Just yonder, in fact.” He pointed across the field. “He went up to your mountain in the summer. Lot of ‘em did back then. Well, ma’am, he had this big ol’ bull. He put it out to stud, but it was so mean and ornery the cows were in danger. Why he’d just gore ‘em to death! Nobody’d go near that critter. Why he was so mean even Wade Hampton himself wouldn’t tolerate being near him. The folks keeping that ol’bull for Wade Hampton kept it in a fenced field, just about where the center of your town is today. That bull had its own field. Nobody’d go in there on account he was so mean. Bull’s name was Cashers. They called his field Cashers’ Field. Your town was called Cashers Field before it was called Cashiers. You didn’t know that?”
Never heard that one, I admitted. I’m going to check this out with Jane Nardy our local historian. It wouldn’t be the first tall tale I’ve heard at a reenactment. But who knows? This might be partly true. I learn a lot from these Southern reenactor-self-ordained historians. Not all of it is researched, but they tell a good story. I’m always on the lookout for a good story to sell.