New Year Traditions from Appalachia

 John C. Campbell Folk School has the odd tradition of shooting a pair of boxer shorts out of a cannon as midnight draws near. I’ve been there to see it, but I’ve never known exactly why they do it. Dropping a possum at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is most...

A Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving – Coming up it meant family, food and going around the table saying what we are gratefulfor in our own lives. We were taught it was a time where the Indians shared fare and the Pioneers weregrateful or “Thankful” for their neighbors. The knowledge they...

Towns County by any other name?

Most times when I am researching a family or an area here, I am looking at Union County/Blairsville as that is where the family, I try to follow backwards, is located now.  But since I reside in Towns County, I sometimes get sidetracked. This ramble may well be...

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...

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...

What is in a Name?

Hard to believe the Removal of the Cherokee that lived in our area began some 179 years ago.  The reminders are all around us in our everyday lives.  All North Georgia was part of the Cherokee territory, I understand I-20 is where the border would have been.  Above...

Considering a North Carolina Home?

If you are considering buying a property in North Carolina but have no knowledge of the legal and institutional rules and regulations, you have stumbled upon the right article! We will explain the North Carolina buying process in detail for your convenience....

Thunderbirds and foretold battles

Doing research on a history that is not your own can become confusing but remarkably interesting. A resource I love to read is Dr. Lisa Christiansen. Her father, from the Wolf Clan of the eastern band of the United Keetoowah Band of the Cherokee, was documented as one...