Mountain Christmas Traditions

As I started to take a look at what traditions were a part of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains for Christmas I noticed a pattern of changes. Railroads, coalmines, return of solders from war all effected the way celebrations and traditions were handled here in...

Hidden among the caves

Recently my husband and I had a wonderful day of adventure by taking the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad out of Bryson City.  Having never ridden on a train before this was quite the treat, relax, watch the world go by and hear a narrative of what this part of the country was like way back.

Winterize your mountain home

If you are one of our valued part timers you may already have started this process.  Winterizing your home so it will be ready to enjoy in the spring is so very important. Turn off your hot water tank at the breaker and drain it.  Shut off the main water valve to the...

MURPHY, a North Carolina jewel

A dozen years ago an October evening walk through downtown Murphy, NC convinced me that we would enjoy the later part of our lives right up here in the corner of GA, NC, TN.  The surrounding mountains and the sense of a peaceful small town was right up our alley. As...

Cherokee Heritage in North Georgia & North Carolina

The Cherokee Heritage Festival is upon us.  For me, this is the start of a fascinating season here in our area.  This particular festival demonstrates dancing and wears from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  It is a great weekend, free to the public and meant for...

HISTORY IN OUR MOUNTAIN MUSIC, Free local concerts

A song that tells about a mountain journey is Love of the Mountains.  BUT I do not want you to sit in front of a screen to experience these songs.  I want you to come hear our history in person, there are so many town square, free concerts that the choice of where to go can be difficult at times.

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...