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Marble North Carolina...and the Sidewalks were Paved in Marble

Along US 19/129 about half way between Andrews and Murphy in the central Valley River region is a small rural town named Marble. You wouldn't even consider there ever was a mountain valley town there. At its height of prosperity the town of Marble made a decree that their sidewalks were to be paved in marble! Not just any marble, but the finest marble in all the country. Folks came from across the county to witness such excess. Big city newspapers and magazines sent reporters to tell their readers.

Marble North CarolinaAfter the Trail of Tears came to a close settlers began moving into this region. It wasn't long before local minerals were being mined, tree stands being logged and a "high quality of white, gray, pink and blue marble was discovered and prepared to be quarried. The marble was discovered along the southern edge of the Snowbird Mountain range along the lower slope of a high mountaintop called "Hanging Dog."

The town of Marble found its roots when it began shipping the high grade of stone along the new rail line that dissects the county from east to west.

The high quality "blue marble" was the choice for several structures along historic downtown Murphy's Peachtree Street with the county courthouse being the most prominent. The color of the marble reflects the "blue toned hue" that is seen covering the Blue Ridge Mountains from a distance.

People moved into the area to mine, log and quarry. Several small manufacturers set up business using the local pool of labor to manufacture their goods. Today, the sidewalks have figuratively been rolled up and what was once part of a prosperous historical community has all the earmarks of a frontier western "ghost town." I've been told there is a small section of sidewalk still paved in marble in the old district, and if you knew where to look you could find it, however I haven't found it yet. Sad thing is there's not even a plaque to commemorate the event.

The marble quarry can't be seen from the main roads in town, and some of the local manufacturers have closed. Though Marble's commerce has depleted since its boom and marble sidewalk days, yet what was been left behind are the resilient mountain folks who gave up their jobs but not their homes, and lifestyle. The newly built Marble Springs Baptist Church is the centerpiece of the town now as well as the friendly country post office. Older modest homes lay along the old rail line in what was once downtown Marble while other mid 20th century brick and frame homes sit solo along open grassy knolls. Newer log cabins hang on the mountain slopes while other new constructions are tucked out of sight. I like the town of Marble, what's left, its quiet unimposing atmosphere it is very peaceful and it's past another tale in history.

Blue Ridge Highlander's Gallery

Highlander Fine Arts, Authentic Mountain Photography and Fine Crafts

The Highlander Gallery
When you are visiting the Blue Ridge - Smoky Mountains, a stop by the Highlander Gallery is well worth your time. The Highlander Gallery represents some of the finest artists in the mountains.  With a large assortment of Fine Art Photography and Fine Crafts as well.

Here are a sampling of the artists you will find....Anthony Abreu • John Mac Kah • Ruthanne Kah • Michael Bedoian • Keith Moore • Juanita Greenspan • Mike Lalone • Robert Levin • Tonya Fowler • Jason Fowler • Jo Kilmer • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Bob Crisp • Thomas Payne • Sarah Long Dauchez • January Tiberius • Frances McCord • Neal Hearn • Nanci Leigh • Rita Poole • Clive Poole • Richard Cranford

Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00
10079 Old Highway 64  •  Brasstown, NC  • 828.835.9982  • www.HighlanderGallery.com

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Food & Drink in Murphy NC

Parson's Pub in Historic Downtown Murphy NC
Lunch •  Dinner • Great Beer

The Parson's Pub

We believe in old fashioned, face to face, friendly conversation. You will not find any televisions or loud music. Just a warm place to feel at home and enjoy...

We pride ourselves on our extensive beer menu (over 50!). Talk to one of our "Beervangelists" to help you try a new favorite! If you request a beer we do not carry, we will attempt to get it!

Monday - Saturday    11 am - 10 pm

19 Tennessee Street • Murphy, NC 28906 • 828-837-4151  •  Parson's Pub Web Site

Shopping in Cherokee County NC

Serenity Mountain Gift Shop

Serenity Mountain Gift Shop

Why us? Serenity Mountain is a unique gift shop specializing in Himalayan Salt Lamps and glowing ember baskets ( baskets filled with Himalayan salt chunks and fitted with a dimmer cord). We also carry zen home accents, "hippie" chic jewelry and clothing, featuring Jane Marie, Lenny & Eva, Soul Flower Eco-Friendly t-shirts, Umgee, She & Sky Clothing. At Serenity you will find quality incense, sage smudge, goat milk soap, Serenity Mountain Organic's all natural skin care products and organic essential oils, diffusers, oil burners,and many more great gifts with serenity living in mind. A unique little gem.

At Serenity Mountain, we are focused on providing you with a wide selection of unique gifts  to support a serene lifestyle. We pride ourselves in giving you the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. If we don't carry something you're looking for, we will do our best to get it!   With a variety of gifts to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us.  We hope to see you soon!

Tues - Fri 10:30am - 5:30pm  •  Sat 10:00am - 5:00pm  •  Sun and Mon CLOSED
35 Tennessee St  •  Murphy, NC 28906  •  828.361.7543
https://www.etsy.com/shop/serenitymountainnc  • 
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Boating & Marinas in the Mountains

Mountain View Marina at Bear Paw Resort in Murphy NC

Mountain View Marina at Bear Paw Resort in Murphy North Carolina
Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Lake Hiwassee is one of the most picturesque lakes in the southeast, with most of its 163 miles of shoreline preserved by the Nantahala National Forest, its breathtaking beauty remains unspoiled.   To enjoy Lake Hiwassee, visit Mountain View Marina, our full-service marina offers boat rentals, paddle board rentals, long and short term slip rentals, gasoline, boat ramps, fishing licenses, bait, boating supplies, snacks and drinks.

Open Daily 9 am to 7pm  •   mmaul2000@gmail.com  •  828.644.5451

200 Dean Aldrich Drive  • Murphy, NC 28906  •  MountainViewMarina.com

White Water Rafting Mountains

Rafting on the Ocoee River

White Water Rafting on the Ocoee
The Ocoee River is often described as the roller coaster of the southeast. Come experience what has been called the greatest white water center in the world.

Professional river outfitter with over 30 years experience. Our safety record is unsurpassed in the industry. We believe our staff is simply the best in the business. Guides are chosen for their character and enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with you.

Call today to start your adventure...828-835-3275  •  GreatMtnAdventures.com


Rafting on the Nantahala River

White Water Rafting on the Nantahala

Experience this unforgettable whitewater adventure through the gorge. The Nantahala is exciting, and a great time, but not as wild as the Ocoee.  This is a river that you can bring children on as young as seven years old.

Experience the excitement of Patton's Run, the fun and splash of Tumble Dry, the rush and roar of riding Class III Nantahala Falls. For a bigger thrill, try taking one of our Duckies down the river!

Call today to start your adventure...828-835-3275  •  GreatMtnAdventures.com

Zipline Canopy Tours

Zip Line Canopy Tours...Nantahala Gorge • Chattooga Ridge • Asheville • Pigeon River

Canopy Tours on the Nantahala Gorge, Chattooga Ridge and Pigeon River

Whichever course you choose you are sure to enjoy the newest outdoor adventure to hit the US.

All our courses offer a soaring and gliding experience naturally fueled by a gradual drop in elevation. All trips offer fully guided tours with 2 or more Rangers on at least 10 zips, 4 bridges beginning with a training course at each location.

Call today to start your adventure...828-835-3275  •  GreatMtnAdventures.com

 

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Real Estate & Property Management in Cherokee County North Carolina

Property & Cabin Rental Management

Great Mountain Properties & Cabin Rentals in now accepting additional cabins in Murphy North Carolina

Great Mountain Cabin Rentals

Whether you purchased your mountain home as an occasional getaway, an investment, or the destination of your future retirement, we realize the importance that it be respected as your home first and foremost.

It is our objective to provide you with both quality property management as well as a rental program to help offset some of the expense of owning a 2nd home. Through the combined knowledge of all of us at Great Mountain Cabin Rentals, we have the expertise to help you understand and create a Great Mountain Cabin Rental.

46 Valley River Ave  •  Murphy, NC  • 828.835.3275  •  www.GreatMountainCabinRentals.com

Cabin Rentals & Lodging in Cherokee County North Carolina








 

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