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Peachtree in Cherokee County NC
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Peachtree North Carolina

Several miles east along the winding Hiwassee River on US 64, is the town-community of Peachtree. This beautiful valley river country is bordered to the north by the Snowbird Mountains, to the northeast by the River Valley Mountains, to the northwest by the Unicoi Mountain range, and to the southeast along the distant horizons is a view of North Georgia's crown, Brasstown Bald.

Peachtree today is a quiet community with several local businesses along US 64 at the junction of highway 141. The Tri-County Community College is located here as well as the Murphy Medical Center. There are a couple of shops and the restaurant is a pleasant addition.

At the founding of Cherokee County in 1839, it was believed that the Peachtree area would be the most likely place for the new county seat, the land was more conducive to building and the water was good and plentiful. The town of Murphy sits on a hilltop at the convergence of the Hiwassee and Valley River in the mouth of the Hiwassee Gorge, making the central part of the town's future expansion more difficult.

In 1851, it was decided to make Murphy the county seat due to its crossroads at the river junction, making it more accessible for all the county's government business. What Peachtree and Murphy do have in common is they share the same riverbank and post office and zip code though they are separate by several river and road miles.

Peachtree Mound De Soto SignThere are three historical markers within the county seat of Murphy dating from 1540 to1715 A.D. that read at the end, "passed near here, or in this area." Peachtree would be the area they would have passed through or came to. At the convergence of the Hiwassee River and Peachtree Creek, is the historic archaeological site of an ancient Cherokee town called Guasili; a historical marker on the south side of US 64 marks the area. This marker reads the same as the historical marker located in Murphy concerning De Soto.

Though Hernando De Soto remained with his main body of men in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, he directed smaller exploring parties into the mountains to search for gold. Historical records show numerous mentions of Guasili in De Soto's journals, that the people of Guasili graciously welcomed and entertained the Spaniards explorers looking for gold.

History is rich in Cherokee County though not much gold was ever discovered. The big gold strikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains lay along outer southeastern regions of this vast mountain country, where the base rock of the mountains are estimated to be substantially older than the interior and western ranges of the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains.

What archaeologists did find here at this site was a low and ancient man-made mound they believe dates back to the Archaic period (8000 to 1000 B.C.) So important was this find, that in 1933 a research team from the Smithsonian worked the dig uncovering nearly 250,000 pieces of pottery along with 68 burial sites enclosed in stone-lined graves. Early Native American's constructed earth mounds for either burial or ceremonial purpose, the Smithsonian report concluded that this mound was a multi-level ceremonial structure. Some evidence at the site was inconclusive due to damage from an earlier dig in 1885, possibly treasure hunters or Indiana Jones amateurs.

Peachtree Mound Location

Earthen mounds like this are scattered all over the valley floors of the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains all the way through the Mississippi River Valley regions, and they come in various sizes. The Kituwah village mound located just east of Bryson City in Swain County, North Carolina, some believe it to be 10,000 years old or possibly older. The Cherokee people call the area Kituwah "the mother town," site of their origins as a native people. The Peachtree Mound is on private property not a public site. It can be seen from the historic De Soto marker if you know where to look.

Historic and present times show Peachtree is an ideal region for living. The summers and winters are mild here due its southern location in the Blue Ridge Mountains' climate belt. High mountains surrounding the Peachtree region create a natural barrier, annual rainfall and local waterways; irrigate the fields and meadows of its valley lands. The ancient natives loved the area and so do today's locals and visitors.

Here along old US 64 on the east side of Peachtree is a historical marker identifying the site of the first white settlement in the region predating the founding of Murphy in 1839. The marker reads, "Baptist Mission for Cherokee Indians established in 1817 consisting of a chapel, school, farmland and mills was 31/2 miles north.

Just east of Peachtree along the western bank of the winding Hiwassee River along US 64, on the southeastern edge of Cherokee County is the old Valleytown's Baptist Mission Farm founded in 1820. Here the American Baptist Foreign Mission Board founded a church along with a boarding school and a model farm. Their purpose was to civilize and to Christianize local Cherokee families. The site is now both serene and beautiful with a long river valley stretching across the horizon and with mountains lining its edges, one of the prime spots within the entire county.

Many of the Cherokee people chose to assimilate to the new nation's technology and educational advantages in order to live a more harmonious and prosperous life amongst the whites, "when in Rome" so to say. The U.S. Government and missionaries were usually willing to bridge that cultural gap. After struggling with cultural difference in language, Evan Jones a teacher at the mission school decided to first learn the Cherokee language. Next, through the use of the recently developed the Sequoyah Syllabary writing system, created by a Cherokee mixed blood called "Sequoyah," Jones decided to combine both efforts creating an alternative teaching system. By this innovative process the Valleytown's Baptist Mission's School became the most successful of the Protestant mission schools throughout the Cherokee Nation. Today, the Mission Farms still operates as an agricultural farm along this rich river bottom country and is privately owned.

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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.

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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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

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