Independence, the State of Franklin

The self-proclaimed State of Franklin broke away from North Carolina and attempted an experiment at self-rule, in a dispute over land grants and sovereignty . In June 1784, the North Carolina state government agreed to cede three of its western counties to the...

The Unicoi Trail and the N. Ga. Mountains

Dr. Jack Wynn, professor of anthropology at North Georgia College and State University called the Unicoi Highway “one of the first interstate highways in the Southeast.” In March, 1813, 21 Cherokee leaders agreed to the idea of laying out and opening the road that...

RELOCATING YOUR ANIMAL CARE

Among the many considerations when we are thinking of relocating is animal care.  We all love our animals and care up here is as exceptional as our environment is. Dogs are a social breed and as we have begun to recognize that, dog parks are becoming available in more...

MEMORIAL DAY IN THE GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

As Memorial Day comes upon us, I often think of those that have gone before us.  Coming from a military family, I learned what this “holiday” was all about at an early age.  As I grew older I began to understand that it was not just those world wars that changed our...

Buying mountain and lake property at reasonable prices

This time of year we speak with many folks that have been renting up here for years, are not ready to buy a retirement or second home yet, but have been watching the prices rise.  Yes, even in our smaller communities the cost of homes has risen substantially this year...

Visiting the trails in North Georgia Mountains

Spring brings new life to our area in the North Georgia Mountains.  The birds return in the beginning of March and the wild rhododendron begin to bloom. Though many come for the drive into and through the Great Smoky Mountain park, just as many come to hike the...

PLANTING NATIVE FOR SPRING IN THE NORTH GEORGIA MOUNTAINS

Our mountains have some of the most beautiful Autumn colors and views in the entire world.  If you’re considering moving here or decided it is finally time to tackle that yard at the mountain house, explore the native plants of Spring also. First the easiest part,...

FIRST IMPRESSION? THE PICTURES!

The Spring/Summer season is fast approaching us.  Now is the time when more people are visiting our area.  Never before have we seen the volume of people looking to purchase a home in the N. Georgia mountain region.  If you have ever considered selling your home, now...

Learn more about our neighbors and communities.

Yes, it is winter in the N Georgia Mountains, but that does not mean there is nothing to do! It can be cold, it can even be snowy, and some say it can be bleak.  Many of us think of our winters as a time to learn to enjoy the solitude the season affords and the time...