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...

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...