81 South Old Wahalla Road This historic estate has three completely updated homes totaling eight bedrooms. This family compound on over 7 acres is only two short miles to Highlands, North Carolina. A picnic pavilion and a Creekside cottage with heated great room with a fireplace add additional living space for family and friends. All of us have an inimitable connection to our homes. The smell of fresh rain and cinnamon from childhood, fresh cut grass in the summer, the rush of water in a stream, a crackling fire in the fall - all these moments of life have a place in our personal spaces. The estate at 81 South Old Walhalla Road has memories of such happy moments for only two families in its sixty-nine year history: the Abney family from South Carolina and the Messer family from Chicago. Homes glean personalities from their owners. Thus, a brief background of these two families must be told. Mrs. Sally Abney Rose was heiress to the Abney Mills Textile estate. She summered in Highlands and built this estate to accommodate her staff and her family. A guest cottage housed the help and a historic log cabin was moved to the property to house guests along with the extra bedrooms in the main home. Sally Abney Rose is described as one of the most charming, loving and giving women of her time. Her mother took over the textile mills when her father died and survived him for more than 26 years and grew the company from five to fifteen ultra-successful mills. She instilled her keen business acumen in Sally. A giving family, they established The Abney Foundation which is still active today and has awarded over 54 million dollars to various charitable organizations. Sally Abney Rose died in 2005 at the age of 88. The estate full of beautiful antiques and collectibles, was listed. Wendy and Barry Messer came to Highlands from Chicago by way of Longboat Key in Florida. They were looking for an estate to house their large family and fell in love with 81 South Walhalla Road.