MOUNTAIN REST — The Etcetera Club of Mountain Rest has joined the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail.
Chartered in 1972, the club is located at 120 Vernon Mill Road. The original cloth quilt, called Scenes from Mountain Rest, was designed by Mary Belle Nix and hand quilted by other members of the club.
It is the block in the center of the quilt depicting the mountains, fields and forests around Mountain Rest that is portrayed in the quilt block mounted on the clubhouse. Nix created that central block, and members quilted the squares surrounding it, depicting other scenes of the area.
The building housing the club was built in 1949 as a four-room school house and was part of the Oconee School District. It was used until 1964. The Mountain Rest Community Club bought the property and it serves as a hub for the many activities of the area.
The Etcetera Club meets there once a week throughout the year. Mountain Rest itself is a community. When stages coaches were the way people traveled Mountain Rest was a regular stop to enjoy the mountain scenery and cool air.
It became a popular destination with the building of Stumphouse Tunnel in the mid 1800’s. Today people are still enjoying the wonders of the mountains, streams, rivers, forests and the abundance of nature’s beauty in the area.