History

Steeped in the rich history of the area, this wedding venue in the High Country consists of a carefully curated collection of lovingly restored structures that were once the forgotten town of Shulls Mills, North Carolina.

Developed as early as 1830 by the prominent Shulls Family, the bustling community of Shulls Mills was at one time even larger than Boone. The town was not only a regular stop along the route of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina railroad, it held the tracks of the original Tweetsie Railroad. In fact, you can still see the train trestles on the property.

Shulls Mills thrived until 1940, when the great flood devastated the railroad and with time, the entire mountain town, with the exception of a few small buildings.

While the Town of Shulls Mills never recovered from the flood, the remnants of the town and new construction like the  “Geodesica” circular home, designed by the famous Georgia architect Gilbert Spindel, remained in the Shulls Family for many generations.

Current owner, Chip Caviness purchased property in 2000, dedicating the next two decades to a labor of love in restoring this enchanted forgotten town.

The property, just over eight acres, features four very different structures, each one telling a different piece of the property’s history — the original Shulls Family Home Place, circa 1830; the old Shulls General Store, circa 1850, relocated there sometime between 1940-1965; and the Geodesica or Round Home, constructed in 1972. The forth building, a six-bay horse barn, has been completely transformed into what is now an open event space that maintains this historic character and old world charm.

Today, the former town of Shulls Mills is a place where history and old world charm still exists – though transformed into a romantic renaissance called Whispering Water Farms, a pristine wedding venue in the High Country.

 

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