Highlands was founded as a summer resort in 1875 by two developers, Samuel T Kelsey and Clinton C. Hutchinson, living in Kansas who, according to legend, took a map in hand and drew a line from New York to New Orleans. Then they drew another line from Chicago to Savannah. These lines, they predicted, would become major trade routes in the future, and where they crossed would some day be a great population center. Their logic wasn't completely insane when one recognizes that we are just over 120 miles from Atlanta.
While here, be sure to take in a play at one of the four theaters. Founded in 1938, the Highlands Playhouse is a terrific historical venue. The Instant Theater Company was founded in 1981 and the Highlands Community Players was established in 1995. Hosting numerous touring groups, the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center is a local favorite.