Fisher Road in the Lake Toxaway area of the county winds 4.5 miles beginning at
North Toxaway Baptist Church on Blue Ridge Rd. (Hwy. 281), travelers climb
approximately 341 feet in elevation and then descends about 660 feet before
connecting back up with Hwy. 281. The
route along the highway is longer (4.7 miles) but a quicker drive. The road gets its name from Isaiah S. “Slick”
a grandson of James Washington Fisher, was born June 7, 1851 to William and
Harriet Sims Fisher. He married Caroline
Lee in 1876 and they had ten children. The
Fishers acquired a large amount of property in the northeastern part of Hogback
Township in Transylvania County.
to a brief family history submitted by his grandson, Warren Eugene “Dick”
Fisher for The Heritage of Transylvania County, volume 2, “It is not known
exactly how Isaiah received the nickname ‘Slick.’ Some say he was a fine
dresser. This seems hard to believe for
country folk. Most likely his middle
name was Sylvester or Sylvannus, though neither name appears in any
documentation or other family names.”
was a farmer and prominent in community affairs. He served as school commissioner for Hogback, District 4, was a
longtime Board of Elections judge in Hogback Township and was also a delegate
to the Democratic State Convention in Charlotte in 1908.
|A group gathered for the Fisher Reunion at the old
Lake Toxaway Baptist Church.
Fishers were also long-time members of Lake Toxaway Baptist Church. Church members regularly maintained the
church cemetery but many graves did not have headstones. In 1924 Isaiah Fisher,
along with Rev. Wade Nicholson and Lee Norton presented a fund raising plan
through an annual event. Officers and
committee members were elected and the event was named the Fisher Reunion. “Uncle Slick” served as chairman of the
Arrangement Committee for many years.
|Slick and Carolina Fisher surrounded by
addition to the traditional picnic lunch and visiting, there was typically one
or more speakers and a collection was taken.
The first new monument purchased and placed was for James and Dorcas
Fisher. While the main objectives were
to maintain the cemetery and mark as many graves as possible, other projects
were also undertaken occasionally. In
1929 funds were used to buy materials to build picnic tables for the church grounds
and in 1940 to put a fence around the church grounds so livestock would not
damage the property.
S. “Slick” Fisher died on Dec 10, 1936 and is buried at Lake Toxaway Baptist
Church cemetery, which he worked to improve and preserve. Descendant of Isaiah and Caroline raised money for concrete
tables and a marble tablet in their memory in 1960. The base was inscribed with the names of
Fisher Reunion continues to be a regular event to bring family and friends
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