A MILL ON CANE CREEK

Near the entrance to Southern Mill Estates are some stones.  These stones are not random, they are the remains of the dam on Cane Creek. All that was part of an old mill that created flour and meal for the Choestoe (rabbit) settlement.  Named the Southern...

The river the Cherokee Nation chose to keep

In a small article in the Cherokee Phoenix Newspaper on January 7, 1829, which was a Wednesday by the way, you will find a resolution by the House of Representatives.   This article states that the Secretary of War be directed to lay before the House a report...

The Hiawassee Purchase

The history in this area just fascinates me and fortunately I have a friend that is native born and likes it when I do some research to talk about here. In the recollections of Jack Hilderbrand in the summer of 1908, he recounts how his father was sent here by the...

TEARS, A ROSE AND FAITH

Although we have had a few chilly nights, some of my spring planting is well under way.  I am not a farmer type, my veggie area is limited to hot peppers most years.  I love my flowers and here in our mountains they will grow like crazy with little help. As...

N.C. River Lore

Before the Europeans came, western North Carolina had no lakes, what we have now are manmade. You hear the Cherokee story tellers talk of “going to the water”, this is a ritual where every morning regardless of the season Cherokees would go to the river to pray and...