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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.

Here are a sampling of the artists you will find....Anthony Abreu • Michael Bedoian • Juanita Greenspan • Linda Thompson • Tonya Fowler • Jason Fowler • Chris Jones • Les Smith • Chuck Waldroup • Joe Waldroup • Billy Reynolds • Randy Rowe • Thomas Payne •  Frances McCord • Rita Poole • Clive Poole • Marla McCormick • Don Milsaps

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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

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Rafting on the Ocoee River

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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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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

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.

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Cabin Rentals & Lodging in Cherokee County North Carolina


Great Mountain Cabin Rentals

Great Mountain Cabin Rentals
We are proud to represent the finest cabin rentals in Murphy North Carolina and the surrounding area. We have a nice selection of cabin and vacation rentals with excellent amenities in beautiful and peaceful mountain settings, at very reasonable prices. It is our pleasure to help you find the perfect cabin or vacation rental whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, a girlfriend's getaway, fishing trip for the guys or a family retreat. It is our goal to help you plan the best mountain getaway available.

828.835.3275  •  GreatMountainCabinRentals.com


Heaven's Ridge, Luxury Mountain View Cabin

Heaven's Ridge, Luxury Mountain View Cabin
This beautiful, custom, luxury cabin will absolutely blow your mind. Take all of your cares and worries away, while you enjoy peace and quiet this private estate has to offer during your stay. Heaven's Ridge is located on 42 acres on top of a mountain with phenomenal mountain views all the way around. WOW! is what you will say each and every time you look out the windows of this cabin or spend time on any of the large decks that surround this home.

828.835.3275  •  Heaven's Ridge


Perfect View Luxury Pet Friendly Cabin Rental

Perfectview Hideaway
Luxury "Pet Friendly", Hot Tub Cabin located in Murphy NC.  Perfect View Hideaway offers great views with lots of covered and uncovered decks. This cabin has upscale furnishing and exceptional decor throughout.   Perfect View Hideaway has 2 full living/great rooms both with large flat screen TV's and satellite service. Both living areas also have gas fireplaces.

828.835.3275  •  Perfect View Pet Friendly Luxury Cabin


Fox Den Pet Friendly Cabin in Murphy NC

Fox Den Getaway
Luxury Pet Friendly, Cabin Rental located in Murphy NC. Fox Den is a recently built cabin offering mountain views with covered and uncovered decks. This custom designed cabin has upscale furnishing and exceptional decor throughout. Fox Den has 2 Master Bedrooms with private baths. King master has a rustic stone shower in the bathroom. Second Master has a Queen Bed. There is also a Queen size sofa bed in the living room. Fox Den has a 3 large flat screen smart TV's with Cable one in each bedroom and one in the living room, also wireless Internet service throughout. If you are looking to get away to the mountains in style, this is the cabin for you.

828.835.3275  •  Fox Den Pet Friendly Cabin Getaway


My Mountain Pet Friendly Cabin in Murphy NC

My Mountain Cabin
This sweet cabins offers 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2 fire pits. Just .2 miles of pavement (not gravel here) from Highway 64 and 5 miles from the Tennessee lines allowed quick access to the Ocoee Recreation Area for a great deal of adventure fun. One bedroom (queen) is located on the first floor and the second is the loft (king) offers and additional 1/2 bath and small office area/reading nook. The kitchen is well equipped and has beautiful granite counter-tops. The Flat screen TV offers satellite service and the cabin comes equipped with Internet and wifi. The first fire pit is located in a gazebo off the main deck and is gas for easy convenience.  The second fire pit it down a short walking deck staircase and is wood.  Great for making s'mores and telling stories.

828.835.3275  •  My Murphy Vacation Cabin


Cozy Bear Cabin

Cozy Bear Cabin
Sit back and watch your cares float away on the hammock in the large screened in porch; rock till your hearts content in the rocking chairs or sit by the brand new fire pit on the spacious deck. This cabin is within a few minutes to town. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin sleepy 4 comfortably with a queen size bed and private bathroom connected to each bedroom. Brand new large screen smart tv's (living room and bedrooms) will allow you to stream your favorite movies or watch the game.

828.835.3275  •  Cozy Bear Cabin Rental


Riverside Retreat on the Nottely River

Riverside Retreat
The ultimate retreat for your mountain get-away! Perfect for the family or a romantic get-away. This comfortably furnished, Non-Smoking, two bedroom, two full bathroom, cabin home is nestled on the banks of the widest portion of the Nottely River. Rumor has it, that the fishing has been great this year. Enjoy spending your morning on the large river front deck as you watch the water go by. The yard is a great place for kids to run around. The winter months you will enjoy the wood burning fireplace.

828.835.3275  •  Riverside Retreat


Reese's Retreat Close to the Ocoee

Reese's Retreat
Brand new cabin with all the amenities. Located close to Ocoee River this sweet 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabins is great for families. Master on main has a king size bed while the living room has a pull out couch and the loft bedroom has a queen size bed making this cabin sleep 6 comfortably. The main level of the home has a nice size, well equipped kitchen for all of your cooking needs. The open dining area seats 6 along with a nice dining table on the wrap around porch for that seasonal evening meal.

828.835.3275  •  Reese's Retreat


Bear's Den, Pet Friendly Cabin

Bear's Den, Pet Friendly Cabin
Mountain View Cabin with Community Hiwassee River Access. This cabin is located only 15 minutes to town and the road is paved the entire way. Pet Friendly and WiFi access, Bear's Den is a beautiful cabin offering 3 bedrooms, one king in the loft and one queen on the main floor and the lower level has 2 sets of twin size bunkbeds, a bonus room with a queen size bed on the lower level, a pull out sofa and 3 full bathrooms. Dog friendly offering a large amount of decking with a gate for your pup to run around and enjoy. A side screen in porch allows for great outdoor dining or that morning cup of coffee, the sunrises are amazing.

828.835.3275  •  Bear's Den, Pet Friendly Cabin


Sunset Ridge, Pet Friendly Mountain Getaway

Sunset Ridge, Pet Friendly Mountain Getaway
Sunset Ridge offers a wide range of amenities and is the perfect getaway for any occasion. If you are looking for the perfect family retreat, you have found it. Sunset Ridge with Great Mountain Cabin Rentals is the perfect place to escape the big city with your family. With 3 bedrooms, a beautiful scenic porch, and a basement filled with a pong table, foosball table, and air hockey table, there's enjoyment for the whole family. Sunset Ridge has a fully stocked kitchen, indoor fireplace, a gas grill, outdoor seating, and a range of mountain views perfect for sitting by the fire pit and making s'mores with your family!

828.835.3275  •  Sunset Ridge Cabin


Running Waters, Luxury Hiwassee Riverfront Cabin

Running Waters
Running Waters sits above the beautiful Hiwassee River in the historic town of Murphy, North Carolina. This wonderful riverfront cabin offers you private escape with scenic views and direct access to the Hiwassee River, a special treat to any getaway.

Whether it's a romantic getaway, restful family vacation, or a holiday away from home, you'll be treated to comfort in our luxury riverfront 3 bedroom - 2 bathroom home.

828.835.3275  •  Running Waters


Wild Wolf Lodge, Luxury Hot Tub Cabin

Wild Wolf Lodge
Huge cabin with main level king master suite, and private bath, 2 bedrooms upstairs, 1 with 2 twins, 1 with a king bed, twin beds, trundle twin bed and a private balcony, 2 additional king beds on Terrace Level. Terrace level also has a large recreation room with full size pool table, 2 dart boards, full size bar, brand new flat screen Smart TV, and an over sized battleship game. Step outside to the large hot tub, fire pit area and even a tree-house for the little ones.

828.835.3275  •  Wild Wolf Lodge

 

North Carolina Campground

Murphy/Peace Valley KOA

Peace Valley Campground
The beauty and solitude of the Mountains make our KOA an ideal spot to settle in and relax for a while. Located one mile from Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino, we offer spacious RV Sites, fully furnished Deluxe Cabins, and Tent Sites along the scenic Valley River. At the campground, guests can wade into the water to cast their lines for trout in the stocked river, take a dip in the pool, catch up on news and sports in the game room, spend time with family and friends, and simply relax. Then get settled in and head out to explore our beautiful area. You're just a short ride to the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon. Visit Fields of the Wood Park, hop on a mountain train, or join in a class at the famous John C. Campbell Folk School. Piney Knob Hiking Trails are just around the corner. Fires Creek, Lake Hiawassee, Nantahala, and Fontana are great natural areas to visit.

800-562-9382   •   117 Happy Valley Road   •   Marble, NC 28905  •  Murphy Peace Valley KOA Campground

 

 

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