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Cherokee Legends in Cherokee County NC
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Cherokee Legend of Cherokee County

Though the town of Murphy is seated in an ideal picturesque location on a hill at the mouth of a foothills gorge, it was never a permanent town site to the Cherokee, it was never conducive to their daily needs. Near the convergence of the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers, at the northern end of the town of Murphy, the Cherokee believed there lived a legendary river monster they called "Tlanusi'yi," the Leech Place.

Just above the junction of the two rivers along the Valley River is a deep hole where a large stone ledge runs across the water flow. The Cherokee used the ledge as a bridge until one day some men were going along the trail and saw a great red object as large as a Cherokee house lying on the rock ledge in the stream. As they watched it began to unroll, stretching itself along the rock until it looked liked a great leech with red and white stripes along its body.

Leech PlaceAfter watching the beast roll up and stretch out once again it crawled down the rock disappearing into the waters of the deep river hole. They said the water began to boil and foam when suddenly a great column of white spray was thrown high in the air and came down like a waterspout onto the spot where they were standing, fortunately their curiosity turned to fear as they ran from the place before the water struck. They say that at times native bodies would be found along the banks that they thought had been swept off the rock and pulled under the water. When examined the bodies would be missing their ears and nose. The people stopped crossing the rock bridge and avoided the place they called, "Tlanusi'yi," the Leech Place.

Rivers are considered powerful places by Native American's, especially where two merge, maybe the giant leech legend was used to keep some of the Cherokee away for a more secretive reason, or maybe its appearance was meant to be a bad omen of things to come, such as the tragedy at Fort Butler.

The Cherokee did live all along the Hiwassee River valley regions as well as the Valley River region and other valley river areas throughout far Western North Carolina; they just didn't live at this river junction.

The Cherokee towns along the county's waterways were called the "valley towns." The Cherokee were not a nomadic people; they built primitive homes and created permanent towns for the most part. Today many of these same ideal settings are called Cherokee County's towns and communities. Some believe these valley lands have been settled, hunted and harvested by local Native Americans for thousands of years. We'll begin our next phase of our feature on Cherokee County following the Hiwassee River to the town of Peachtree.

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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 • Francoise Lynch • Juanita Greenspan • Mike Lalone • Tonya Fowler• Jason Fowler • Jo Kilmer • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Marshall Peterson • Bob Crisp • Thomas Payne • Sarah Long Dauchez • Neal Hearn • January Tiberius • Robert Levin

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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, miniature fairy garden accessories, "hippy" chic jewelry and clothing, Soul Flower Eco-Friendly clothing and yoga wear, incense, sage smudge,Pam's Back to Nature natural skin care products and essential oils, diffusers, oil burners,and many more great gifts with serenity in mind.

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-Thurs. 10-6  •  Fri. 10-7  •  Sat. 9-5  •  Sun and Mon. CLOSED
35 Tennessee St  •  Murphy, NC 28906  •  828.361.7543
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Party Outlet of Murphy

Party Outlet in Murphy North Carolina
Party Outlet is committed to providing you the best service and selection of party supplies in the Tri-State area. You can rely on Party Outlet to have the latest party trends available to inspire ideas that will make your event the best it can be. Party Outlet also has a huge selection of Wilton cake decorating supplies and even offers cake decorating classes! We provide a fun and friendly atmosphere to make your party planning easy and affordable.

Party Outlet also has a full line of wedding and bridal accessories, and customized invitations. We rent tables, chairs and more, call for availability.

1178 Andrews Rd • Murphy, NC 28906 • 828.837.2700  •  www.PartyOutletofMurphy.com

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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